Dolan's Exciting Times optioned for TV after 'highly competitive' auction

Dolan's Exciting Times optioned for TV after 'highly competitive' auction

Black Bear Pictures has optioned Naoise Dolan's debut novel Exciting Times for TV. The novel was published in April by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Nicky Lund of David Higham Associates brokered the deal in a "highly competitive" auction. 

Black Bear Television, the TV division of production company Black Bear Pictures, will develop and produce Exciting Times as a "premium television series". Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman and Michael Heimler will executive produce alongside Dolan.

Schwarzman said: “We immediately fell in love with Naoise’s honest, wry, and intelligent prose, and her ability to depict remarkably complex yet utterly relatable characters. We believe Naoise is an extraordinary voice, with a huge future ahead of her, and Black Bear is honoured to play a part in bringing her rich material to life.”

Dolan added: "I think my love of dialogue is clear from the book, so I’m thrilled to partner with Black Bear to bring the characters to a TV audience, and even more so to be involved as an executive producer."