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Danny Cohen says repairing poor relationship with audiences is paramount, with new programming a way of achieving it

BBC1 is to broadcast a modern-day retelling of the 1945 David Lean film, Brief Encounter, scripted by One Day author David Nicholls.

Also scheduled for next year on BBC1 is a six-part adaptation of the Susanna Clarke novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Danny Cohen, BBC1 controller, is also launching a Love 2013 promotional push for the channel, after a year of major events, including the Queen's diamond jubilee and London Olympic Games.

Nicholls, whose TV writing credits include Cold Feet, is scripting a two-part drama called 7.39.

In the as-yet-uncast BBC1 drama, produced by the makers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films, characters Sally and Carl who are both in happy relationships meet on a modern-day commute and gradually fall in love. It is, said Cohen, directly inspired by Lean's Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. »

- Ben Dowell

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