In a daring move, the BBC has given the green light to “Lions” (working title), a fresh six-part drama delving into the lives of two men spanning decades. Penned by the acclaimed writer and performer Richard Gadd, renowned for his works like “Baby Reindeer” and “Sex Education,” the series promises to captivate audiences with its original narrative. Set against the backdrop of Glasgow, the production is helmed by Mam Tor Productions, a Banijay UK company, slated for release on BBC One, BBC Scotland, and BBC iPlayer.

The plot unfurls with Niall’s estranged ‘brother’ Ruben disrupting his wedding, triggering a chain of violent events that takes viewers on a tumultuous journey through time. From the 1980s to the present day, “Lions” ambitiously traverses four decades, chronicling the highs and lows of the brothers’ relationship, from their adolescent meeting to their rift as adults. Through moments both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, the series aims to explore the complexities of masculinity against the evolving backdrop of a changing city and world.

Richard Gadd, the creative mastermind behind the series, expressed his excitement, stating, “Collaborating with the talented team at Mam Tor Productions and the BBC is a dream come true. ‘Lions’ delves into uncharted territory, and I’m thrilled to embark on this journey of storytelling.” He humorously added, “Though I anticipate the challenges of tight deadlines and rainy days in Glasgow, I’ve never been more exhilarated to work on a project.”

Tally Garner, executive producer for Mam Tor Productions, echoed Gadd’s sentiments, praising the uniqueness of the characters he has crafted. “Richard’s ability to create characters that resonate deeply with audiences is unparalleled,” she remarked. “We’re eager to witness the magic as director Alexandra Brodski breathes life into Ruben and Niall.” Garner also extended gratitude to Lindsay Salt and Gaynor Holmes for their unwavering support throughout the production process.

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, hailed “Lions” as a groundbreaking narrative that promises to enthrall viewers. “Richard Gadd’s imaginative storytelling offers a fresh perspective on brotherhood,” she commented. “The series presents a relationship dynamic unlike any other, and we’re eager to unveil its intricacies across six captivating episodes.”

Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning for BBC Scotland, expressed her excitement about collaborating on this innovative project. She lauded Gadd’s writing prowess, describing “Lions” as a compelling exploration of modern masculinity that is both provocative and poignant.

Kieran Hannigan, Head of Scripted at Screen Scotland, also shared his enthusiasm for supporting Gadd’s latest venture, citing the writer’s exceptional talent as a driving force behind the show’s success.

With its compelling narrative and stellar creative team, “Lions” (working title) is poised to make waves in the realm of television drama. Commissioned by BBC Drama Director Lindsay Salt, the series boasts a stellar lineup including lead director Alexandra Brodski and producer Wendy Griffin. Supported by Screen Scotland, “Lions” has garnered international attention, with Banijay Rights set to distribute the series globally.