Left Bank Pictures has landed its first production order after Sony Pictures Television acquired a majority stake in the production company last week. ITV1 has ordered a new three part drama titled The Ice Cream Girls from the production company, whose other credits include the Sky1/Cinemax series Strike Back and ITV1’s DCI Banks. Based on the novel of the same name, the three part drama was adapted by writer Kate Brooke and will enter production this August in Dublin.
The Ice Cream Girls follows two vulnerable teenage girls, Serena and Poppy, who in the summer of 1995 are accused of murdering their school teacher, Marcus. For seventeen years, the two girls are forced to go their separate ways and lead very different lives. But now in 2013, they are forced to confront each other and their dark, shared history. Back in 1995, Serena appeared to be from the right side of the tracks; pretty and popular with a bright future. Poppy, on the other hand, never had the opportunities Serena took for granted, and struggled through life with a disapproving stepfather who didnt want her around. Fast-forward to modern day: Serena is now married to GP Evan and they have their own 15-year-old daughter Vee. They are back in the same seaside town where the murder took place for the first time, as they care for Serena’s dying mother. Poppy is living in quite different circumstances. Having served seventeen years for a crime she still insists she didn’t commit, she has only one thing on her mind: the truth. And if she didn’t kill Marcus, then who did?
The three-part drama, which is due to air on ITV1 in 2013, stars Lorraine Burroughs (Spooks) as Serena Gorringe, Jodhi May (Strike Back) as Poppy Carlisle, Martin Compston as Martin and Dona Croll as Rachel. Lucy Dyke is producing, with Andy Harries & Charles Elton serving as executive producers, and Dan Zeff on board as director. The Ice Cream Girls will be the first drama produced by Left Bank Pictures to be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television as part of the deal announced last week by both companies.