When it comes to role models for the youth of today, Grand Theft Auto isn't exactly the first name that springs to mind. However, the BBC plans to shoot a drama about the making of the legendary series in order to help glamorise the UK software industry and get more children interested in coding.
According to the Beeb, the documentary will be part of a "season of programmes and online activity involving the BBC’s biggest and best-loved brands, including Doctor Who, EastEnders, Radio 1, The One Show, Children in Need, BBC Weather and many more, including a new BBC Two drama based on Grand Theft Auto and a documentary on Bletchley Park." It's part of the new Make It Digital campaign -- chances are you've seen the ads.
More details then quickly emerged, including that the drama is not about the game itself, rather it's about development, and likely the rise of UK-based DMA Design who eventually became Rockstar North. Actually it's a pretty inspirational tale, especially considering how great it was to see a British dev who was around back in the Amiga days rise to such prominence.
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “This is exactly what the BBC is all about - bringing the industry together on an unprecedented scale and making a difference to millions. Just as we did with the BBC Micro in the 1980s, we want to inspire the digital visionaries of the future. Only the BBC can bring partners together to attempt something this ambitious, this important to Britain’s future on the world stage.
“BBC Make it Digital could help digital creativity become as familiar and fundamental as writing, and I’m truly excited by what Britain, and future great Britons, can achieve.”
They needn't have bothered. Carl made his own GTA series a while back, and it's certainly dramatic.