The indie behind Oscar-winning The King’s Speech has started work on a TV drama about a group of female Spitfire pilots.

Bedlam Productions has teamed up with All3Media-ownded New Zealand indie South Pacific Pictures to put Spitfire Girls into development.

The World War II drama, which will be produced by Downton Abbey series producer Liz Trubridge, will focus on the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary who fought for Britain and made history.

The other producers are Bedlam’s Gareth Unwin and South Pacific’s John Barnett.

A UK broadcaster is not yet attached to the project, but it is understood an announcement will be made in the coming weeks. No other production credits are yet available.

“They were the poster girls for a new breed of women, who broke rules in romance as well as in their ambitions. And it’s these true personal stories of love, loss and triumph which make up the backbone of this show,” a production note said.

This story was originally published by Broadcast.