Rickman's Merrily Watkins novels set for TV

Rickman's Merrily Watkins novels set for TV

ITV has commissioned a drama series based on the Merrily Watkins novels by Phil Rickman.

Following a country vicar with a sideline in exorcism, the latest in the series of cult novels, The Magus of Hay, was published by Corvus in 2013. The next in the series, Friends of the Dusk, will be published in November 2015.

Drama channel ITV Encore will now create a three-part series, "Midwinter of the Spirit", based on the series, starring double BAFTA winner Anna Maxwell-Martin as Watkins and David Threlfall as her mentor, Rev Huw Owen.

The series will be produced by Phil Collinson and Kieran Roberts, who have previously worked on "Doctor Who" and "Coronation Street". It was commissioned by ITV's director of drama commissioning Steve November and controller of drama Victoria Fea. The deal was done with Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.

Filming for the series will take place around Hereford this month.