The BBC is adapting Hilary Mantel’s novel about the French Revolution, A Place of Greater Safety, following its recent adaptation of her Man Booker Prize-winning Tudor novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (all Fourth Estate).
The 1992 novel tells the story of three young men who were key figures in the French Revolution: Georges-Jacques Danton, Maximilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins. They must deal with the darker side of the period’s political ideals as well as the addictive delights of power.
The adaptation will be written by Richard Warlow, who also wrote “Ripper Street”, and will be produced by DNA TV Limited, a joint venture between film producer DNA Films and Fox Networks. The BBC told Broadcast that the project is still at an early stage.
The six-part “Wolf Hall” mini-series, featuring Mark Rylance in the lead role of Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell, aired on BBC2 from 21st January to 25th February 2015.
Mantel received a damehood for her services to literature from the Prince of Wales in February this year.