I’ve been sitting on this news for what seems like an age now. Since May last year to be exact. Some of you may remember that in Feb ’17 I fell and knacked my ankle. Rather than remind you of the bones I broke, here’s the X-ray:
Not fun as you can imagine. What I imagined was going to be even less fun was having to go to from Carlisle to London for a meeting with some TV people.
Turns out – apart from the nightmare that a country bumpkin like myself had navigating, and getting so lost in my wife had to come and find me, one of the busiest cities in the world while on crutches – it was fun. Studio Lambert are based on Denmark Road in Soho (the same street that The Sex Pistols lived, and where they recorded Never Mind The Bollocks). At the meeting was Sue Hogg, Head of Drama, Maddie Sinclair, Head of Development, Emily Hayward-Whitlock from the Artists’ Partnership (who was there representing me) and my own agent, David Headley. It was fun actually, although everyone talking and enthusing about something that came from my weird brain was a little disconcerting. It seemed to go well anyway. Certainly well enough for an 18-month option offer to be made fairly quickly.
And then we waited eight months for the contract to be negotiated and drawn up (massive thanks to Emily for all this). Hugely complex stuff as you can imagine.
Anyway, rather than me prattle on about it, here’s the actual press release that Publishers Weekly put out today:
Craven’s The Puppet Show snapped up for TV
Published February 20, 2018 by Heloise Wood
M W Craven’s new crime thriller has been snapped up for a TV adaptation.
Studio Lambert, producers of the award-winning BBC1 drama “Three Girls”, have acquired the TV rights to the former probation officer’s forthcoming novel The Puppet Show (Constable), from Emily Hayward-Whitlock at The Artists Partnership on behalf of D H H Literary Agency.
The title is the first in a two-book deal signed by Constable ahead of London Book Fair last year, forming a new series from Craven featuring Washington Poe, a cynical Detective Sergeant and colleague Tilly Bradshaw, as they investigate a series of murders that take place in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. The Puppet Show will be published in June 2018.
Craven, who was born in Cumbria, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Studio Lambert have optioned the rights to The Puppet Show. I met with Susan Hogg (head of drama) and Madeleine Sinclair (head of development) last May, and knew immediately that Studio Lambert’s track record of producing hard-hitting and innovative drama meant that they were the perfect home for Poe and Tilly.”
Hogg said: “Reading The Puppet Show, we were immediately drawn to the brilliant and surprising partnership of Detective Washington Poe and analyst Tilly Bradshaw. Mike Craven has created a distinctive, darkly humorous and compelling series that we can’t wait to develop for British and worldwide television viewers.”
Craven’s previous books in the DI Avison Fluke series were published by independent press Caffeine Nights Publishing.
And just because I was on the street The Sex Pistols recorded their iconic album, I couldn’t resist. Right outside their old door . . .