Saturday, July 18, 2009

New teen drama The Well

Look out for another of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch in 2009, Jo Woodcock, who also recently appeared in the BBC's choir drama All the Small Things and will also star in the BBC's daytime drama Land Girls in September.

She will also be starring in a new teen drama for BBC Switch called The Well.

BBC Switch has commissioned digital production company Conker Media, part of Lime Pictures (whose credits include Hollyoaks), to create and produce an interactive, digital drama thriller for its teen audience.

The Well will air in the autumn in the Switch zone on BBC Two (Saturdays 12noon-2.00pm) and extends online at where the audience can immerse themselves further in the story, exploring a spookily atmospheric recreation of the main drama location in a multi-level game.

By engaging with The Well online through completing a series of tasks and challenges the audience can unlock hidden drama content which reveals the backstory to the TV drama.

The entire experience has been created by the "Godfather of young adult fiction", Melvin Burgess, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The Well represents his first foray into digital media and television.

It stars a cast of fresh new talent - as well as Jo Woodcock, we'll also see Karen Gillan, who was recently announced as Doctor Who's new companion.

The action in The Well centres on a derelict building, which contains a long-forgotten well, the resting place of a dormant malevolent force. When the house changes owners and renovations begin, four teenage friends uncover the well and unwittingly unleash an old and restless spirit.

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