Ronan Bennett’s ‘Hidden’ attracted audiences of 5.22m on its opening slot on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday October 6th. The show was the most popular programme on 9pm slot on British Television.
Despite losing half a million viewers during the hour it was still above the BBC1 slot average of 4.17m for the past 12 months. Bennett (Public Enemies, Face, The Hamburg Cell) is the Northern Irish author and screenwriter behind the ‘Hidden’ series, which follows small-time solicitor Harry Venn (Philip Glenister), whose criminal past has come back to haunt him. The series is directed by Niall MacCormick (Wallander, The Long Walk to Finchley) and produced by Christopher Hall (Lost World, Hound of the Baskervilles). It filmed in Belfast earlier this year and stars Northern Irish actor Richard Dormer (My Boy Jack), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) and Thekla Reuten (In Bruges).
Ronan Bennett is also the scribe behind upcoming Channel Four’s Hackney-based crime thriller ‘Top Boy’. The series looks about young lives lived on the edge and, for the most part, lived out of sight in East London today.
The four part drama is being made by independent producer Cowboy Films and Easter Partisan. Yann Demange (Criminal Justice 2) is directing, with Bennett producing alongside Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind. ‘Top Boy’ will premiere on Channel 4 this November.