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12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen teams up with BBC for TV drama

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The BBC has confirmed that it is developing a new drama with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen.

Drama controller Ben Stephenson announced today (January 10) that the corporation has teamed with McQueen and Rainmark Films for a "major" new project.

Steve McQueen at the Film Critics Awards

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"It is too early to announce the details, but it is incredibly exciting to be working with the hugely talented British director who has rapidly become one of the finest directors in the world," said Stephenson.

44-year-old McQueen first rose to prominence in 2008 following the release of his critically acclaimed debut feature Hunger.

Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the cruel planter Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) in '12 Years A Slave'

He later re-teamed with Hunger star Michael Fassbender on two subsequent movies - 2011's Shame and the recent 12 Years a Slave.

BBC One has also announced new drama The Driver starring David Morrissey, Sacha Parkinson, Ian Hart and Colm Meaney and written by Accused's Danny Brocklehurst.

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