BBC One, Amazon Freevee Commission Two Brothers Thriller


The BBC and Amazon Freevee have commissioned Boat Story, produced by Two Brothers Pictures (The Tourist, The Missing, Fleabag) in association with All3Media International.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams, the 6×1-hour thriller is about two ordinary people who the world has turned its back on and whether they’re willing—or desperate enough—to do something crazy to get what they want in life.

Daisy Haggard (Back to Life, Breeders) and Paterson Joseph (Vigil, Noughts & Crosses) star alongside Tcheky Karyo (Baptiste, The Missing).

All3Media International is handling international sales for the series, which will premiere in the U.K. on BBC One and iPlayer and the U.S. on Amazon Freevee.

Harry and Jack Williams, writers and managing directors of Two Brothers Pictures, said, “We loved making The Tourist, and Boat Story picks up where that left offtonally at least. It’s a morality tale and a thriller and other things that make it hard to define, even though we seem to be attempting to define it. It’s full of vulnerable, messed up and eccentric characters, and we’ve cast some of our favorite actors to play them. We are excited to bring this to life along with our fellow directors.”

Christopher Aird, Two Brothers Pictures’ head of drama, said, “Boat Story will surprise the audience from the first minute. Harry and Jack are challenging conventions we’ve come to second guess in screen drama. I think this is their boldest show yet and very exciting.”

Tommy Bulfin, executive producer for the BBC, added, “Even by Jack and Harry’s remarkable standards, Boat Story is a hugely entertaining and fiendishly clever thriller that I know will have the nation desperate to know what’s coming next. And I cannot think of a more perfect cast to bring these fantastic characters to life—you’ll just have to wait and see which ones you can trust!”