So far the novels of Irvine Welsh – those harsh, funny, shocking and searingly satirical looks at modern-day life – have never received a TV adaptation. Trainspotting is the best-known Welsh adaptation, but that was for the big screen, but now reports come from Cannes (where the great and the good of the TV industry have once again gathered at the MIPCOM content showcase and conference) suggest that there may be something in the works.
Television Business International reports that Welsh’s novel is in line to be adapted for television, with Buccaneer Media acquiring the rights and now hunting for a buyer.
Actor Dougray Scott (My Week with Marilyn) is attached to the show in both starring and producing guises. He will be executive producer, along with Buccaneer founder Tony Wood and Nicola Larder, who co-created ITV noir Marcella.
Shooting in Miami, Dougray will play a detective inspector in the present day. The series will include flashback’s of the officer’s previous case in Edinburgh, Scotland, and includes themes such as drug addiction, corruption and the prosecution of child abusers.
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