ITV has given the greenlight to Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, a one-off two-hour drama based on Neil Spring’s novel The Ghost Hunters which is being developed for television by Shameless and Doc Martin scribe Jack Lothian and is set up at independent production company Bentley Productions.
Penned by Lothian, Harry Price: Ghost Hunter is set in 1920s London at a time of rapidly emerging technology and follows Britain’s most famous real life ghost hunter and sceptic who investigated tales of the paranormal and supernatural. Described as a mix of fiction and real history, the two hour film sees Harry investigating the haunting of a local MP’s home. Denise Paul is the producer, while Jo Wright will executive produce. Casting is currently underway, with production set to commence this Autumn in London.
“It’s a great thrill to be making Harry Price: Ghost Hunter for ITV,” said Executive Producer Jo Wright. “Bentley Productions is developing a raft of new and exciting projects and this is one of my favourites. To be able to combine the book by Neil Spring with a script by Jack Lothian has been a delight, and we look forward to making this for our ITV audience.”
“Harry Price is an intriguing character at the very heart of the drama”, added Steve November, who commissioned the drama alongside ITV’s Victoria Fea. “Jack Lothian’s wonderful script is a skilful blend of fact and fiction as Harry’s past, his fascination with the paranormal and his faith in science are all real yet set against a fictional backdrop of political conspiracy and scandal. We’re delighted to commission this film from Bentley Productions in the hope the audience will be captivated by Harry.”