The BBC has commissioned what is believed to be its first-ever drama series from an ITV company, writes Steve Clarke.
United Productions began pre-production on a 7 x 60-minute run this week.

The show, provisionally entitled Hearts and Bones, is earmarked for a 21.30 slot on BBC 1.

It is created by Peak Practice writer Stewart Harcourt and has been ordered by independent commissioning group (ICG) drama head Tessa Ross.

Hearts and Bones is a coup for United's drama department, which is attempting to increase its slate by developing projects for channels other than ITV.

The commission comes at a sensitive time for the BBC as it struggles to find returning in-house popular drama hits.