BBC Scotland to dramatise 'Stonemouth'

BBC Scotland to dramatise 'Stonemouth'

BBC Scotland plans a two-part dramatisation of Iain Banks’ novel Stonemouth.  

Production company Slate North will partner on the drama, to be shown on BBC Scotland and BBC Two.

It will be the first TV adaptation of the author's work since his death from cancer in 2013.

The events of Stonemouth are related from the viewpoint of Stewart Gilmour, a twentysomething returning to the town of that name for the first time in five years – ever since he was banished by one of the local crime families, the Murstons.

Christopher Aird, BBC Scotland's head of drama and executive producer on "Stonemouth" said: "Iain Banks was such a prolific and important writer, I am thrilled BBC Scotland Drama and Slate North are bringing Stonemouth to the screen.

“We have some very exciting ideas for the adaptation and I am sure we will be able to attract some of the very best Scottish acting talent to the drama,” he added.

The script will be written by David Kane with Charles Martin directing.

Andrea Calderwood, from Slate North, commented: "Having worked with Iain on the much-loved BBC Scotland adaptation of "The Crow Road", I felt that, in Stonemouth, Iain had created a similarly engaging world.

She said: “David has really captured the unique spirit of Iain's writing in his adaptation, and with his and Charles Martin's award-winning talent, I'm sure Iain would have enjoyed seeing the great characters and story of Stonemouth brought to the screen."

Filming at locations around Scotland is due to begin in October.

Little, Brown is to publish a first collection from Iain Bank’s final works in February 2015.