BBC One is moving forward with Rush Of Blood.
The BBC’s flagship channel has given the green-light to a three-part adaptation of Mark Billingham’s 2012 novel of the same name, TVWise has learned.
Rush of Blood tells the story of three couples who meet while on holiday in Florida and become fast friends. On their last night in the United States, the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker is murdered. The three couples stay in touch when they return home and as their friendship bloom they come to realise that one of them most be responsible for the murder committed in the Florida sun.
Based on the Mark Billingham novel of the same name, Rush Of Blood was adapted for television by Our Zoo and Black Work scribe Matt Charman. Murderous Productions Limited and On the Corner Limited are producing the three-parter, with Jolyon Symonds, Mark Billingham, Matt Charman and the BBC’s Matthew Read serving as executive producers.
The long-gestating project has been in development at BBC One for more than two-years, with the corporation putting the project into development shortly after the novel was published. At the time, the BBC was also eyeing an adaptation of another Mark Billingham novel, In The Dark. It is not immediately clear if In The Dark is still in active development at BBC One.
The BBC unveiled the Rush of Blood commission last night at an event launching BBC One’s Autumn/Winter line-up. Other (previously announced) programmes on said line-up include Dickensian, the two Luther specials, the Victoria era Sherlock special, Abi Morgans’ River, John Le Carré adaptation The Night Manager and epic mini War & Peace.