EXCLUSIVE:: Death in paradise Producer of Red Planet Pictures’ adaptation of Louise Candlish’s best-selling real estate book for the Sunday Times Our house was picked up by the British broadcaster ITV.
Red Planet announced that it secured the rights to the novel last year and is now able to report that ITV has commissioned a four-part series to be written by EastEnders Writer Simon Ashdown.
Our house tells the story of Fi Lawson, who one day comes home to find a family of strangers moving into their home, and whose husband Bram has disappeared. As the nightmare rolls in, both Bram and Fi try to understand the events that led to a devastating crime and how they will survive the terrifying truth.
The show is slated to shoot next summer and the casting will be announced closer when the cameras get rolling. Red Planet’s joint executive director Belinda Campbell is executive producer, while the series was commissioned by ITV drama boss Polly Hill.
“It’s an addicting, suspenseful novel and Simon Ashdown captures that perfectly in his adaptation,” said Hill. Ashdown added, “I loved Louise’s brilliant novel from the first page, and loved the skillful interweaving of the edge of your sitting thriller and the intricate exploration of a free fall marriage.”
Our house was selected as an option by Red Planet after a highly competitive TV rights auction in a deal brokered by Luke Speed on behalf of Sheila Crowley of the Curtis Brown Group. It is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster and in the US by Berkley, Penguin Random House.