producers in search of the ultimate cliffhanger
are close to giving the go-ahead to a new drama
series set on the slippery slopes of Britains
highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Billed as Casualty for the Highlands, the proposed
six-part series, called Rock Face,
will follow the adventures of a professional mountain
rescue team and follow the characters as they
perform death-defying rescues.
The series has been in development for 18 months
and BBC Scotland producers, in conjunction with
Columbia and Union Pictures, are believed to have
held a meeting at the weekend to consider whether
to give the project the thumbs-up.
According to sources close to Rock Face,
BBC producers will be hunting for a cast of 11
core actors and actresses to portray the mountain
rescue team. All the rescues which will feature
in the series will be based on real-life events.
Three members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue
Team have been providing technical expertise.
A spokeswoman for BBC Scotland said: "The drama
department has been developing a series based
around the mountain rescue service. However, we
are not in a position to confirm details as it
has not yet been commissioned."
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