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BBC Studios developing Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth adaptations

5 July 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that BBC Studios is working on small screen adaptations of Ken Follett’s World War II novel Jackdaws and Federick Forsyth’s terrorist thriller The Kill List.

Jackdaws follows a team of female insurgents in Occupied France in World War II, and was originally developed as a four-part series for the BBC, who ultimately passed due to its other World War II dramas SS-gb and My Mother and Other Strangers. BBC Studios has now reworked the project as a series of eight episodes with potential for subsequent seasons, and is currently pitching to potential broadcasters with a view to a 2018 premiere.

Forsyth’s The Kill List follows the character of Tracker, a former elite soldier on a mission to find and kill a prolific terrorist called the Preacher. The series will likely consist of six to eight episodes, covering the full events of the novel, with scope »

- Gary Collinson

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BBC Studios Preps Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth Adaptations (Exclusive)

3 July 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC Studios is lining up TV adaptations of author Ken Follett’s World War II novel “Jackdaws” and Frederick Forsyth’s terrorist thriller “The Kill List.”

BBC Studios is the U.K. public broadcaster’s production arm, which can work with outside parties as well as within the BBC. It has already set up “Good Omens,” a six-part TV comedy based upon the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel, for Amazon and the BBC, and an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” for flagship channel BBC One. It will now look to add to the drama slate with the Follett and Forsyth projects.

Of the two, “Jackdaws” is further along, with a script for the first episode already written by Mick Ford (“The Boy With the Topknot”). Follett’s 2001 novel follows a team of female insurgents in Occupied France in World War II. For TV, it was originally developed as a four-parter for the BBC, but »

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