A UK remake of Fox’s paranormal US series The Oaks is among a trio of dramas being lined up by ITV in the wake of The Bill being axed.

The Oaks was created by David Schulner and tells the story of a haunted house that is lived in by three different families over three decades.

The series was originally piloted as part of Fox’s 2008/2009 season, when it was hotly tipped as a potential competitor to Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, but Fox passed on the full run.

The 5 x 60-minute reworking will be produced by ITV Studios and adapted by Stephen Greenhorn, a former writer on The Bill and creator of BBC Scotland soap River City.

The show grew out of a 2008 deal between ITV Studios and Fox to identify properties on their respective slates that could be developed for the other’s home market.

The Oaks was greenlit by director of ITV drama Laura Mackie and will start filming in July, subject to final contracts. Executive producers Kate Lewis (The Line Of Beauty) and Kate Bartlett (Canterbury Tales, Gunrush) are currently meeting with directors, and Chrissy Skinns (Dead Set) is lined up as producer.

Joining The Oaks on ITV’s slate are DCI Banks: Aftermath and Monroe. The former is a 2 x 60-minute pilot crime thriller by Left Bank Pictures, starring Stephen Tompkinson.

It is based on the novels of crime writer Peter Robinson, and Wild At Heart star Tompkinson will play brooding and melancholic detective Alan Banks, who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

Production begins in Yorkshire this month. ITV’s Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes commissioned the drama, which will be directed by James Hawes.

The exec producers are Andy Harries and Francis Hopkinson, and the thriller will TX later this year.

Finally, Monroe is a dark, medical series from Mammoth Screen, penned by Peter Bowker.

The 6 x 60-minute series centres on the intense and often difficult world of a neurosurgeon and the patients with whom he comes into contact. It was commissioned by Mackie and director of television Peter Fincham and will TX in 2011.

Unlike other medical series such as audience favourites ER and Casualty, the drama will focus on one character rather than an ensemble cast and will be less A&E-based. It also aims to reflect the dark humour that enables people to cope in life-threatening situations.

Bowker began his writing career on medical series including Casualty, Peak Practice and Medics.