STV Productions has optioned the rights to Maggie And Me, the memoir by writer and columnist Damian Barr, and Fishnet, the debut novel from Kirstin Innes. Both are eyed for development as TV projects.
Maggie And Me is described as a poignant and painfully funny memoir about growing up gay in Thatcher’s Britain. STV is eyeing the adaptation as a potential long-running TV series. Call The Midwife scribe Andrea Gibb is penning the adaptation. STV’s Claire Armspach and Sarah Brown are developing the project.
Fishnet follows Fiona’s obsessive search for her missing sister who disappeared six years ago leaving her baby in Fiona’s care. As she digs deeper into her sister’s secret life, she is drawn into the dark and complex world of Scotland’s sex industry. The shocking discoveries she makes will challenge everything she believed about sex work, and about the lost sister she thought she knew. The adaptation is eyed as a serial, rather than a returning series. STV’s Claire Armspach and Sarah Brown will develop the project.
“As soon as we read Kirstin’s sensational debut novel, we knew it was the perfect material for television. This is no ordinary crime novel – along with its brilliantly plotted mystery, and wonderful characters, Kirstin’s book asks some brave and provocative questions about the world we live in”, said Sarah Brown, who executive produces both projects.
“Similarly, Damian’s extraordinary book not only defines the experience of a generation of Thatcher’s children but will offer viewers an original, joyful and universal story about the triumph of the human spirit”, she continued. “We are incredibly excited to be working once again with some of the best creative talent in Scotland and bringing both of these fantastic books to the screen.”
STV Productions is coming off of a strong year, having scored two major drama commissions from the BBC. The first such commission is The Victim, a legal thriller set in Edinburgh starring Kelly Macdonald and John Hannah that is set to air later this year on BBC One; while the second, also for BBC One, is Elizabeth Is Missing, a one-off adaptation of Emma Healey’s novel which is also being penned by Andrea Gibb.