OJ Simpson BBC drama tie-in to Arrow

OJ Simpson BBC drama tie-in to Arrow

Arrow is set to publish the tie-in to a "major" 10-part BBC television series, The People v OJ Simpson. 

The TV drama, currently airing in the US on FX, is based on an account by Jeffrey Toobin, a former assistant U.S attorney, turned staff writer for The New Yorker. It boasted a star-studded cast including John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr and David Schwimmer, and saw viewing figures reach 11.5m on its opening night - a network record. Arrow will publish in the UK as the series airs on BBC2.

The book is based on the series "The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story" starring (from left) John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. Picture: BBC/Fox

Selina Walker, publisher at Century and Arrow, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for the book, first published less than a year after the OJ Simpson trial.

In it Toobin "tells the whole story", exploring "secret dealings" and "manoeuvring" on both sides of the case, and explains how the prosecution's "over-confidence", the defence’s "shrewdness", combined with the Los Angeles Police Department’s history with the city’s African-American community, provided for reasonable doubt.

Walker said: "I remember being totally fascinated by the OJ Simpson trial, which at the time felt like a Shakespearean tragedy with small objects being given almost totemic significance. This fascinating book gives us all the behind the scenes action we missed first time around, and of course is the basis for the dramatic TV series about to come to the BBC later this month. I am delighted to be publishing it on the Arrow list where it will take its place among our true-crime classics."

Toobin added: "This is a great story about everything that obsesses the American people: this is a story about race, sex, violence and sport… and the only eye witness is a dog."

This book will be published by Arrow as an e-book on 18th February and in paperback on 3rd March 2016, priced £7.99