Red Production Company has optioned the TV rights to Labour MP Jess Phillips’ critically acclaimed book Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking The Truth. They optioned the rights through a deal brokered by Yasmin McDonald and Laura Macdougall of United Agents.
The TV adaptation is being co-developed and will be co-produced by Red Production Company and Lucy Dyke, whose credits include Abi Morgan’s The Split, Black Mirror and Ripper Street. Dyke will serve as executive producer alongside Red’s Nicola Shindler.
Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking The Truth, published by Random House, is a collection of empowering stories from Jess Phillips’ own life, told with honesty and hilarity. From growing up in inner-city Birmingham in a radical socialist family and the trials of her teenage and student years, through to working at Women’s Aid and finally in the Houses of Parliament, Jess shares her experiences and her thoughts on what it means to be a woman today.
“I’m utterly thrilled to be working with Red, a company based outside of London led by Nicola Shindler, and with Lucy Dyke co-producing”, Jess Phillips MP said in a statement. “They make the kind of television that truly represents people and events as they are and that was deeply important to me. The story of women in politics is complex and nuanced and intriguing, and it’s a story that needs telling.”
While Nicola Shindler, Chief Executive of Red Production Company, added: “Jess is an inspirational woman who fights for what she believes in and isn’t afraid to be honest and outspoken. Using her book as a source we’re excited to create a drama that explores how an engaged woman can make a difference in today’s very complicated world.”