A new drama charting the final days of Dylan Thomas has been commissioned by the BBC, the drama is to be called ‘A Poet in New York’ and will mark the centenary of Thomas’s birth.

The drama is set in New York and follows the last days of Thomas and his eventual death in New York in November 1953. It’s been written by Andrew Davies who wrote the hugely popular ITV Series Mr Selfridge.

Davies commented on the project saying: “It’s been such a privilege and a pleasure to work on this film; Dylan Thomas was a huge inspiration to me as I was growing up in a very similar environment to his in South Wales.

Although the script centres on his last days in New York, and the circumstances of his tragically early death, I want above all to celebrate his extraordinary, charismatic personality, his unforgettable poetry, and his passionate and stormy relationship with his wife Caitlin.”


A Poet in New York will transmit on BBC Two and BBC One Wales in 2014.