EXCLUSIVE: ITV is adapting Val McDermid’s sequence of chilly case investigations Karen Pirie from Harlots author Emer Kenny and Bodyguard producer World Productions.
The British business broadcaster has ordered three, two-hour drama episodes of the variation, which relies on McDermid’s novel, The Distant Echo, the primary in a sequence of best-selling novels a couple of younger Scottish feminine detective set within the Scottish college city of St. Andrew’s.
Karen is a refreshingly regular and charmingly retro younger lady. Whereas she will not be slick or a maverick cop, her fast mouth and ingenuity make her a powerful investigator. Following her promotion to Police Scotland’s Historic Circumstances Unit, Karen is tasked with reopening the investigation right into a homicide that has been the topic of a provocative true crime podcast. When teenage barmaid Rosie Duff was stabbed to demise in 1995, suspicion fell on the three drunken college students who found her physique. However regardless of police suspicion, the boys had been by no means charged. Almost 25 years on, DS Karen Pirie is set to uncover what occurred that fateful evening. Do the boys know greater than they beforehand revealed? When Karen uncovers flaws within the preliminary investigation, she finds herself in battle with the very officers who led the unique hunt for the killer.
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Karen Pirie has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, whereas Drama Commissioner Huw Kennair Jones will oversee manufacturing for the channel. It is going to be exec produced by Simon Heath, CEO of World Productions, which additionally produces the BBC’s long-running police drama Line of Responsibility.
It’s written by Kenny, a author and actress, whose credit embody Harlots, Save Me and EastEnders. McDermid’s novels, which have bought over 16 million copies worldwide, have beforehand been tailored for ITV with The Hill Jordan sequence remade into Wire within the Blood starring Robson Inexperienced. Filming will happen in Scotland with worldwide distribution dealt with by ITV Studios.
Kennair Jones stated, “Emer has brilliantly realised Val McDermid’s iconic detective, Karen Pirie, and the wealthy crime tales Police Scotland’s Historic Circumstances Unit examine. We’re thrilled to be working with Simon Heath and World Productions to carry such an thrilling new sequence to the ITV viewers.”
World’s Heath stated, “Emer is a brand new and thrilling voice who brings a witty, up to date take to Val’s good and much-loved Karen Pirie novels. We’re delighted that ITV have given us the possibility to carry them to the display screen.”
Emer Kenny added, “From the second I learn that Karen Pirie orders a Bacardi Breezer as her after-work drink (different manufacturers of alco-pop can be found) I knew that she was the detective for me. Val is the queen of crime for good purpose and I’m honoured to be bringing her creation to a TV viewers, particularly for ITV which has been house to a few of my favorite detective exhibits, from Broadchurch to Prime Suspect. In fact, I’m delighted to be working with World Productions once more, who actually know their method round against the law drama.”
Val McDermid added, “I’m positive this adaptation will carry Karen many new followers in addition to delighting her current ones. Karen and the Historic Circumstances Unit are in very protected arms.”