Doctor Who's Karen Gillan Lands First Lead Role

You only need to watch Doctor Who to know that Karen Gillan is destined for big things. The Scottish actress, plucked from mainstream obscurity to play The Doctor’s latest assistant, has been showered with praise by many fans and critics for her part as Amy Pond in the sci-fi series and now she’s been cast as the lead in a new one-off drama for BBC Four.

Like her co-star Matt Smith, who recently starred in BBC Four show Christopher and His Kind, Karen Gillan will be travelling back in time for a new period biopic--this time about iconic model Jean Shrimpton at the start of her career in the 1960s. The single drama, called We’ll Take Manhattan, will follow the complicated love affair between the model and photographer David Bailey, to whom she later got engaged.

The announcement of Gillan’s casting was made today, as BBC Four’s new Spring/Summer line-up was revealed. Filming on We’ll Take Manhattan doesn't begin until May, so we don't expect it to be broadcast for a little while. A third season of French drama Spiral is among the shows that can be expected far sooner, however; it begins this Saturday, April 2, at 9pm on BBC Four.

Other shows on the new schedule include the second season of the popular Danish thriller The Killing, which will air later this year; a special one-off fronted by Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch marking the 100th anniversary of playwright Terence Rattigan’s birth; and a documentary presented by HRH Prince Charles about (no, not the Royal Wedding) composer Sir Hubert Parry.

The full list of new BBC Four shows can be found on the channel’s official website. Which are you most likely to watch?

Comments (1)
Apr 08, 2011
We’ll Take Manhattan looks interesting, so I expect I'll catch that at least.