Barton's The Widow optioned for TV drama

Barton's The Widow optioned for TV drama

TV rights for Fiona Barton’s The Widow (Transworld) have been optioned by Playground Television.

The deal was brokered by Tanya Tillett, formerly of the Knight Hall Agency Ltd on behalf of Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

The Widow is the story of Jean Taylor, whose husband was suspected of a terrible crime. Now that he’s dead, she’s preparing to tell her story along with the detective leading the hunt and the journalist covering the case.

Sophie Gardiner, creative director of Playground Television, said: "We want to make The Widow a classy, intelligent piece of television that shines a fresh light on a story that is in our nation’s DNA. We plan to produce drama that maintains the integrity of the novel, that tells a great story but also understands the joy of a cleverly unfolding narrative and reaches out to a large audience."

The Widow is due to publish simultaneously in the UK and US in hardback in early 2016 by Penguin Random House/ Transworld and Penguin Random House/ NAL respectively. 

The Madeleine Milburn Agency has sold translation rights in over 23 languages including Chinese.

Author Fiona Barton is a former senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday where she won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards. 

The Widow was selected from thousands to make the shortlist of seven for the Richard and Judy 'Search for a Bestseller' competition.