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The Village, White Queen, Mayday: First pictures of new BBC dramas

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Pictures of the BBC's big new drama series for 2013 have been released to celebrate the upcoming year of TV.

The latest shots include a first snap from Peter Moffat's (Silk) ambitious drama project, The Village.

The Village: Grace (MAXINE PEAKE), John (JOHN SIMM), Young Bert (BILL JONES), Joe (NICO MIRALLEGRO)

© BBC / Company Pictures/Brian Sweeney


[The Village]

Starring John Simm and Maxine Peake, the BBC One series will follows the residents of one English village across the 20th century and their turbulent lives.

Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson leads the cast of War of the Roses-set ten-part drama The White Queen.

The White Queen: Elizabeth Woodville (REBECCA FERGUSON)

© BBC / Company Pictures/Ed Miller


[The Snow Queen]

Max Irons will play the House of York's Edward IV, who is crowned the King of England thanks to Lord Warwick (James Frain). However, Warwick's plans are altered after the King falls in love with commoner Elizabeth Woodville (Ferguson).

Another new project coming soon to BBC One is Mayday, which has been compared to Danish hit The Killing.

Mayday: Fiona Hill (SOPHIE OKENEDO), Charlotte (HANNAH JEAN-BAPTISTE)

© BBC / Kudos Film & Television


[Mayday: Sophie Okonedo and Hannah Jean-Baptiste]

Sophie Okonedo, Peter Firth, Sam Spruell and Aidan Gillen star in the new drama, which focuses on the disappearance of a young girl from an idyllic community.

Star Spruell told Digital Spy last year: "It's great, because [in] this quaint village suddenly the facade comes down and the monsters are shown. I think it could be really exciting.

Mayday: Linus Newcombe (MAX FOWLER), Everett Newcombe (AIDAN GILLEN)

© BBC / Kudos Film & Television


[Mayday - Max Fowler and Aidan Gillen]

Former Torchwood star Eve Myles returns to the BBC in the title role of Frankie, a six-part series about a Bristol nurse who cares more for her patients than her own personal life.

Frankie: Frankie Maddox (EVE MYLES)

© BBC / Colin Hutton


[Frankie]

Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless) will play Frankie's boyfriend Ian, while Derek Riddell (Ugly Betty) will star as her team member and confidant Andy.

Returning shows in 2013 on BBC One include the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the third series of Luther, the second series of Call the Midwife and another run of The Voice UK.

Watch the BBC's 2013 trailer:

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