Introduction by writer Danny Brocklehurst
The Driver is a bold commission for BBC One. It is both a thriller and a family drama and there are no black and whites, everyone’s morality is complex.
In all my most recent shows – Exile, Talk To Me, The Street, Accused – I have created lead characters that walk the fine line between good and bad, their behaviour is sometimes questionable, but in the next breath they are charming, funny, admirable. These characters are interesting to me – I don’t do good guys – I like characters that are difficult, characters that tell lies, characters that keep secrets, characters with flaws. Vince in The Driver is most definitely NOT a hero. His motivation is understandable, his emotional journey is truthful, but he is most definitely NOT your standard lead character.
And yet… the themes of the show are universal. Don’t we all feel bored sometimes, like we want life to mean more, to be more exciting? Don’t we all have difficulties in our families that we wish we could resolve? Don’t we all wish we could reignite some of the passion and simplicity of our youth?
The Driver is a drama I’m incredibly proud of. It contains subjects I love to explore – ordinary people in extraordinary situations, father and son relationships, double lives, the need to escape the mundane. But most of all, I’m proud of the fact that we have come out with a show that can both break your heart with emotion, then have a kick-ass car chase…
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With thanks to BBC Pictures and BBC Media