Silverprint Pictures Options TV Rights To Ann Cleeves’ ‘The Long Call’

Silverprint Pictures is staying in the Ann Cleeves business. After producing two previous adaptations of the author’s novels in the form of BBC drama Shetland and ITV’s long-running Vera, the indie has optioned TV rights to The Long Call – the opening novel in a new series by Ann Cleeves.

“I’m delighted that the team at Silverprint has optioned The Long Call”, author Ann Cleeves said in a statement. “The adaptations of Vera and Shetland have captured the essence of my books, while making TV dramas that are hugely successful in their own right.”

The Long Call is set in North Devon and follows Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, and an ensemble of characters, in a compelling, skillfully plotted mystery, which vividly evokes the stark beauty of the North Devon coastline, where murder and intrigue bubble just beneath the surface. The novel is being published by Pan Macmillan on September 5th.

This TV deal, which was brokered by Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates on behalf of literary agent Sara Menguc, comes as production is underway on the tenth season of Vera. The BBC, meanwhile, has yet to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with any further seasons of Shetland. Silverprint’s Kate Bartlett will serve as an executive producer on The Long Call.

“After almost a decade working together, we are thrilled to be continuing our creative partnership with
Ann. The Long Call is a rich and deeply engrossing mystery with a whole host of new Cleeves’ characters
led by the inimitable Matthew Venn”, Bartlett said. Just as the novel feels like a progression of Ann’s writing, this feels like the opportunity to create a wholly unique and ambitious event crime drama with another iconic detective at its heart. We can’t wait to get started.”

While Vicki Mellor, Publishing Director of Fiction at Pan Macmillan, added: “We are thrilled that Ann’s superlative new novel The Long Call has been optioned for television. Ann’s unique ability to evoke landscape and create compelling new characters is never more evident than with this novel, as we see a new setting in North Devon and a new lead in the wonderful Matthew Venn. The happy news that Ann’s hugely successful partnership with Silverprint is continuing couldn’t be more welcome, or come at a better time. We can’t wait to see how the series evolves onto the screen.”