Mal Peet's Murdstone Trilogy set for TV

News - Fiction Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Wolf Hall and Imperium dramatist Mike Poulton to adapt Peet's 'brilliant black comedy' for television

Mike Poulton, the dramatist behind Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Robert Harris’s Imperium, will adapt The Murdstone Trilogy by award-winning children’s author, Mal Peet for Duchess Street Productions. The Murdstone Trilogy was published by David Fickling Books in 2014; Peet’s final novel before his death in 2015 and the writer’s only novel for adults.

Poulton said: "To adapt the late great Mal Peet’s brilliant black comedy – a hilarious satire on celebrity culture and our current obsession with ‘Phantasy’ literature and film – was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

"Much darker and funnier than my previous Wolf Hall - even more anarchic than my stage adaptation of Robert Harris’s Imperium, the series defies categorisation… I am passionate about putting something on the screen that’s like nothing that’s ever been screened before - so I hope I’ll do justice to Mal’s extraordinary and apocalyptic vision."

David Fickling said: "The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet is one of the most glorious and enjoyable pieces of totally uncategorizable fiction I have ever read. It is wonderfully written, utterly original and has the uncanny and disconcerting ability to produce great gurgling subterranean eruptions of uncontrollable laughter in the reader.

"To think that this brilliant, hilarious and skeweringly truthful text is going to be dramatized for television makes my heart sing and that it is to be adapted by the best theatre dramatizer in the country, Michael Poulton, has my imagination purring in anticipation. This is one of those projects that everyone should be getting very excited about. It’s going to be the most tremendous fun! I can’t wait."

Donna Wiffen, ceo of Duchess Street Productions, said: "It is a privilege to be working on projects of such high calibre with one of the most unique and vibrant voices writing today. To be working with Mike Poulton on his first adaptation for television demonstrates Duchess Streets’ commitment to work with the very best writers to create these authored drama series. We could not be more excited to bring these extraordinary stories to the screen."

Also in development is a six-part television adaptation of Jonathan Coe’s The House of Sleep. Duchess Street is currently in discussion with broadcasters on both adaptations.

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