Nick Hornby is set to pen his first television drama for BBC One.
The BBC’s flagship channel has ordered a 5 episode adaptation of Nina Stibbe’s award winning book Love, Nina from acclaimed author Nick Hornby and independent production company See-Saw Films, TVWise has learned.
Love, Nina is described as “a culture clash comedy and a loving hymn to family” which tells the story of a 19 year-old girl, who leaves Leicester to work as a nanny in London. The book, which is a collection of letters Nina Stibbe snet to her sister while she was working as nanny in the 1980s, was published in 2013 and quickly became a best-seller.
Nick Hornby, known for numerous works including About A Boy, is penning the scripts for the adaptation – marking the first time he’s written a television drama. He has previously expressed his admiration for the book, going so far as to provide a blurb for the dust jacket.
“Love, Nina has already attained the status of a modern classic, and I am so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to adapt it”, Hornby said in statement. “We want to make a series that is as charming, funny and delightful as Nina Stibbe’s glorious book.”
Love, Nina was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. See-Saw Films is producing, with Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Jamie Laurenson serving as executive producers.
“Nick has an unrivalled ability to illuminate the moving and the hilarious in the everyday”, added See-Saw Films’ Jamie Laurenson, “Having him on board to adapt Nina’s warm, wild and incredibly funny letters is a dream come true.”