The BBC has commissioned The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies.

Penelope and Ginny Skinner have collaborated on the script for the new series

Penelope and Ginny Skinner have collaborated on the script for the new series

The con-artist thriller marks the first original series from sibling writing duo Penelope and Ginny Skinner, and the six-part show tells the story of two very different women and the conman they have in common.

The programme - which will air on BBC One - is being produced by SISTER and features Alice, a single mother and formidable PA, and Caroline, a bestselling fantasy novelist who lives alone with her toy poodle after a bereavement.

However, eccentric ecopreneur Rob may be trying to destroy them both.

It is a story of an unexpected friendship between two different women and the power they will find if they can make their voices heard.

Penelope and Ginny Skinner said: "In a world where convicted conmen become overnight cultural icons, bypassing blame on their way to fame, we have been inspired to fight back against the glorification of the predator.

"We want to tell a story about the real heroes of any scam: those who risk everything to call pit the perpetrators.

"We are overjoyed to be working with the formidable team at SISTER and are delighted the show has found its home at the BBC."

SISTER added: "Penny and Ginny's rageful, joyful, purposeful vision has us gripped and in stitches in equal measure.

"We share the Skinners' hope that this show could act as an aide to spotting the differences between the sort of misbehaviour that is to be encouraged and that which needs desperately to be called out."

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: "I have been waiting to work with the Skinner sisters for a hundred years and when I read Pack of Lies I remembered why: it's the perfect evocation of their unique female-centric authorship and brings a tone all of its own to the BBC One slate."

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