The Cazalet Chronicles is heading to the small screen.
Sid Gentle Films Ltd – the indie behind ITV’s The Durrells and BBC One’s upcoming SS-GB – is developing a TV series based on the series of novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard after acquiring the rights to all five books, TVWise has learned.
The novels, beginning with The Light Years and culminating with All Change, are set between the 1930s and the 1950s and chronicle the lives of three generations of the Cazalet family. Sid Gentle Films intend to develop the novels into a period drama spanning some five seasons.
At present there is no writer attached to pen the adaptation, nor has it been pitched to any UK broadcasters. The deal to acquire the rights to The Cazalet Chronicles was brokered by the indie’s founder Sally Woodward Gentle and Howard’s agent Ann Evans at literary agency Jonathan Clowes.
“Elizabeth Jane Howard is an extraordinary writer, a highly skilled storyteller of understatement and deceptive simplicity. The novels are totally addictive with the ability to floor you with their turn of events”, Woodward Gentle said in a statement. “They are set in the middle of the Twentieth Century but the themes of love, loss, repression, sex and family ties are shot through with Twenty First Century resonance. I am thrilled that Sid Gentle Films Ltd has the opportunity to bring this wonderfully epic, family saga to a new generation of drama lovers.”