Endemol Shine India has optioned the Inspector Ghote detective series by H R F Keating for adaptation into a multi-part drama.
Dramatic rights were acquired by Endemol Shine India from broadcast agent James Carroll at Northbank Talent Management on behalf of Peter Buckman at The Ampersand Agency and the H R F Keating Estate. Mumbai-based agency The Story Ink was the advisor on the deal for Endemol Shine India.
The Inspector Ghote series began with The Perfect Murder in 1964 and won the British Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award. Success led to a further 25 Ghote tiles over a 45-year period before Keating's death in 2011.
Abhishek Rege, c.e.o. of Endemol Shine India, said: "Our attraction to the series, along with the prestige of reintroducing the legacy of H R F to a new audience, was the wide appeal and popularity of this lovable Indian Inspector. This universe celebrates not just a highly endearing and enduring character but also the nostalgia of a slice of our collective past, history and culture."
The new deal is timed with the Severn House republishing of the Inspector Ghote series and the publication of a new biography, H R F Keating: A Life of Crime (Level Best Books), written by Keating's wife Sheila Mitchell.
Mitchell commented: "I am absolutely thrilled that Harry is being celebrated in so many ways some nine years after he died and I am quite sure that, with Endemol Shine India’s reputation, they will find a way not only to bring the essential Ghote to the screen but also that their adaptation will introduce him to new generations."