‘Dark Heart’ Producer Silverprint Pictures To Adapt Crime Novel ‘The Long Call’ From ‘Shetland’ & ‘Vera’ Author

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ITV-backed producer Silverprint Pictures is to adapt crime novel The Long Call, from Vera and Shetland author Ann Cleeves, for television.

The producer, which recently produced Tom Riley-fronted Dark Heart, has optioned the book, which is the first novel in Cleeves’ Two Rivers series, from Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates on behalf of literary agent Sara Menguc.

Silverprint has previously adapted Cleeves’ Shetland, which has run for five seasons on the BBC, and Brenda Blethyn-fronted Vera, which was recently renewed for a tenth season by ITV.

The book, which is published by Pan Macmillan on September 5, is set in North Devon, where the author spent her teenage years. It follows the reserved and complex Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, as well as an ensemble of characters, evoking the stark beauty of the North Devon coastline, and a community where murder and intrigue bubble just beneath the surface.
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