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British broadcaster BBC has announced that it plans to create a 90-minute docudrama that follows the the creation and success of the Grand Theft Auto series - calling it "the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park." The docudrama is part of BBC's Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation of technology and development. Aside from the run-time and the fact it will air on BBC Two, no specific details have been released. Here is a snippet from the larger set of show announcements:

Grand Theft Auto (BBC Two)
This special 90-minute drama will tell the story of arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park - the triumph of the computer game Grand Theft Auto.

Unlike many coding success stories, Grant Theft Auto was not created in Silicon Valley - it was the brainchild of a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration - GTA:V - earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

GTA offered gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they could behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American gangland underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding success led to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values it encourages; and above all from moral-campaigners, who have fought passionately to stop it.
Grand Theft Auto tells the story of how the game was conceived and created and the subsequent fallout as various groups objected to its violent gameplay.

It'll be interesting to see how much they cover as anyone who has read Jacked knows, there's quite a bit to tell. Hopefully, this won't end up like The Art and Science of Rockstar Games book collection. We'll keep you posted as soon as we hear more details.

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