Eccleston to star in Reynolds TV adaptation

Eccleston to star in Reynolds TV adaptation

Amanda Reynolds' debut novel Close to Me (Wildfire) is to become a six-episode series for Channel 4 and Viaplay, starring Christopher Eccleston and Connie Nielsen. 

TV rights were handled by Emily Hayward-Whitlock at The Artists Partnership on behalf of Sarah Williams at the Sophie Hicks Agency. The series is a co-production from NENT Studios UK, Channel 4 and The Development Partnership.

Nick Lee, head of series acquisitions for Channel 4, said: "Close to Me plots an intimate tale of midlife crisis and distrust in those you love. We are drawn to the arresting story of fear within domesticity and that will be sure to keep our viewers gripped."

The novel was the first fiction title released by Headline imprint Wildfire, in 2017. 

Reynolds said: "The amazing team at The Development Partnership, especially Robert Taylor and Emily Hayward-Whitlock, and my agent Sarah Williams, have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition and to have found such an amazing home in NENT and Channel Four/Viaplay is a dream come true. From the incredible casting of Connie Nielsen as Jo and Christopher Eccleston as Rob, to the wonderful director, Michael Samuels, I am thrilled and excited to see my debut Close to Me  brought to screen. I think it’s going to be a very exciting adaptation by the brilliant screenwriter, Angela Pell."

"Close to Me" is expected to go into production in the UK later this summer.