FremantleMedia International is set to handle global distribution for BBC One’s three-part John Lanchester adaptation Capital after striking a deal with production company Kudos Film & Television, TVWise has learned.
Capital is described as a “observant look at modern Britain”. The three-part drama explores the live of the diverse residents of Pepys Road, a London street which is transformed by soaring property prices. One day, every resident receives a postcard that says “we want what you have”. Leading to three important questions: Who has sent them? What exactly do they want? And how far will they go to get it? Interweaving stories reveal the lives of ordinary people who find themselves caught and changed by a city at a time of extraordinary flux.
Set to air in 2016, the three-parter was developed for television by Peter Bowker and is being produced by Kudos Film & TV. The cast includes Toby Jones (Wayward Pines), Wunmi Mosaku (In The Flesh), Robert Emms (Atlantis), Lesley Sharp (The Shadow Line), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) Rachael Stirling (Detectorists), Gemma Jones (Marvellous), Bryan Dick (Wolf Hall), Radoslaw Kaim (Wallander) and Indian actress Shabana Azmi. Matt Strevens is the series producer, while Derek Wax, Peter Bowker and Lucy Richer will executive produce. Euros Lyn is the director.
“Capital may be set in London, but all of life is here and its themes are universally recognisable”, said Kudos Film & Television’s Derek Wax, who serves as an executive producer on Capital. “BAFTA winning script writer, Pete Bowker’s adaptation of John Lanchester novel allows a series of truly international stories to unfold on one street, and we look forward to sharing this unique drama with audiences around the world.”
This is the latest high-end drama series that FMI has boarded in the past few months. Earlier this summer, the company also took global distribution rights to the Sky/HBO/Canal+ co-production The Young Pope, starring Jude Law and James Cromwell. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Kudos on Capital”, said FremantleMedia’s Director of Global Drama Sarah Doole. “With such compelling and unforgettable characters, we’re delighted to be adding this provoking title to our catalogue.”