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BBC Announces 'Doctor Who' Spin-Off Series, New Series 'Prey' And 'Dirk Gently'

The Doctor Who spinoff Class will be an eight-part series and co-produced by BBC America marking the TV screenwriting debut of acclaimed author Patrick Ness, best known for his award-winning book A Monster Calls.

Set in a school in contemporary London, it is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the team behind Doctor Who.

Produced by BBC Cymru Wales and filmed in Cardiff, Class will premiere in 2016.

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams,” he joked.

Gripping six-part thriller, Prey, will premiere on BBC America starting Thursday, February 25, 10:00pm ET.

Playing out as two three-part stories, the BAFTA-nominated series is produced by Red Production Company and created and written by critically acclaimed TV newcomer Chris Lunt.

In the first three episodes, John Simm is Detective Constable Marcus Farrow, a man on the run, who will do things he never thought possible to clear his name for the sake of his family.

The second story stars Philip Glenister as prison officer David Murdoch whose life spirals out of control when he receives an unexpected phone call threatening the life of his pregnant daughter.

Rosie Cavaliero, is Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt, a recurring character tasked with catching them.

Finally, BBC America also announced today the greenlight of new original scripted series Dirk Gently.

The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The straight to series order includes eight one-hour episodes

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