The U.Ok.’s Studio Criminal has acquired the rights to develop “Broken Items,” the primary of Helen Black’s “Lilly Valentine” authorized e-book collection, right into a returning tv drama collection “Valentine” (6 x 60’).
“Valentine” will observe Lilly Valentine, an nearly divorced single mom on the flawed facet of 40 who excels at her job at a neighborhood Oldham legislation agency. She’s going to go to any size to assist her shoppers, on the expense of each her son and her practically ex-husband.
Black, an ex-lawyer, grew to become identified for her in style crime novels primarily based on her personal experiences earlier than turning to script writing together with co-writing Season 2 of Jimmy McGovern’s jail drama “Time,” which is presently airing on BBC One.
Studio Criminal received funding from Channel 4’s Indie Progress Fund earlier this 12 months. The “Lilly Valentine” collection was printed by Harper Collins and bought in a number of languages world wide. The deal was brokered by Black’s agent, Frances Arnold at Rochelle Stevens company.
Black mentioned: “Lilly Valentine was the primary character I ever created, and readers couldn’t get sufficient of her braveness and her flaws in equal measure. She’s a working class scrapper, a lawyer who received’t quit on her shoppers and I really like seeing characters like Lilly on TV; seemingly unusual but magnificent girls with a lot on their plate but nonetheless the funniest individuals you’ll meet. Having labored beforehand with Studio Criminal’s head of scripted Justine Potter on my first fee, I do know that Lilly is in good arms.”
Matt Criminal, managing director of Studio Criminal, added: “Lilly Valentine is a pressure of nature, and from the primary web page of ‘Broken Items’ we knew we needed to convey her to the display. It’s a pleasure to work with Helen Black on adapting her work, the collection is simply brilliantly entertaining, heartbreaking and universally relatable in equal measure which is strictly the kind of story we wish to inform.”