The captivating world of Manchester’s divorce law scene is set to be brought to life in a gripping six-part series commissioned by the BBC. Titled “The Split Up,” the drama revolves around the high-stakes dynamics of the legal circuit, with a focus on the formidable Kishan family of lawyers who dominate the field.

Produced by Northern SISTER in collaboration with Little Chick for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, “The Split Up” is the brainchild of Ursula Rani Sarma, known for her work on “Smother” and “Delicious,” and is inspired by Abi Morgan’s acclaimed series “The Split.” Morgan, alongside Sarma, will serve as executive producer, alongside Lucy Dyke, Jane Featherstone, and Sumrah Mohammed, all veterans of “The Split.”

At the heart of the drama lies Kishan Law, a prestigious British-Asian firm renowned for its affluent clientele and unblemished reputation. Their expertise and discretion have made them the preferred choice for Manchester’s elite, but their future is thrown into uncertainty when a long-held family secret resurfaces, threatening to unravel both their professional and personal lives.

Spanning six hour-long episodes, “The Split Up” delves into the complexities of familial expectations, the bonds that unite, and the revelations that drive them apart. Set against the backdrop of Kishan Law, viewers are invited into a world where legal prowess collides with personal struggles, promising a rollercoaster of emotions.

Ursula Rani Sarma says: “I watched The Split with admiration over the years and I was honoured to be asked to create The Split Up: a spin off which introduces a whole new family and city while still holding on to the warmth, humour and heartbreak of Abi Morgan’s original series. To be able to place a contemporary British Asian family, helmed by brilliant women, at the heart of a primetime drama series is a dream come true for me as a writer who believes strongly in the importance of representation on our screens. It has been a joy to work alongside Abi as well as Lucy Dyke, Jane Featherstone and Sumrah Mohammed at SISTER to bring it to glorious life.”

Abi Morgan says: “After the success of The Split, it’s been great to see The Split Up take shape in lead writer Ursula Rani Sarma’s capable hands, reinvigorating all that audiences love. A new legal family, grabbing at life in a new city, battling new legal cases, as the professional and personal deliciously collide. A brilliant new cast of characters caught in the messiness of love, marriage, deception and divorce, make it their own. It is ripe to be taken into the hearts of anyone who loved the show.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama adds: “Abi Morgan’s The Split is one of our most loved and talked about dramas and a favourite with viewers, and The Split Up, set in Manchester and brilliantly written by Ursula Rani Sarma, promises to be just as compelling. The Split Up is as full of joy, heartbreak and intrigue as the original, with a fantastic new family we’ll fall in love with.”

“The Split Up” promises to captivate audiences with its compelling storytelling and rich characters, marking a new chapter in the acclaimed universe crafted by Ursula Rani Sarma and Abi Morgan. Produced by Northern SISTER in collaboration with Little Chick, the series is set to make its mark on screens, promising drama, intrigue, and a fresh perspective on the intricacies of family and law.