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Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman for five-part BBC One drama The Secrets

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BBC One has announced details of an upcoming five-part drama series titled The Secrets.

Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman and Steve Oram will be among the cast of the series, to be directed by True Love's Dominic Savage.

The 2013 Baftas - arrivals: Olivia Coleman

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Olivia Colman

Alison Steadman as Pauline in 'Love and Marriage'

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Alison Steadman


Each 30-minute episode will centre around a provocative incident told from separate viewpoints.

Nick Payne will write two episodes of the series, while the other instalments will be written by Elinor Cook, Ben Ockrent and Bad Education's Sarah Solemani.

Dominic Savage said: "I am delighted to be part of this new strand which really illustrates what the BBC stands for. Working with new and talented writers along with the best actors the UK has to offer is a real privilege and I can't wait to get started."

Cook's story will tell the story of a man who is married to two women and living a secret double life, before being exposed.

The first episode from Payne will star Colman, Steadman and Oram, following a vet who is expecting her first child. She has access to chemicals to put pets to sleep, while also having a mother who wants to die due to a debilitating illness.

Dominic Savage at the 44th Monte Carlo Television Festival

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Dominic Savage

Sarah Solemani

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Sarah Solemani


The other episodes will deal with a girl claiming to be an unknown sister to a boy, a police officer having an affair with his brother's wife and a bride discovering her fiancé was once accused of a horrendous crime.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said of the series: "It's great to welcome back Dominic Savage to BBC One, who will direct all five films which provide a unique opportunity to work with four of Britain's best upcoming writers fresh to television drama."

The Secrets will begin shooting today (January 23) in London for five weeks, to be broadcast later this year.

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