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BBC announces new literary adaptations

12th January 2012

A number of new literary adaptations have been announced by the BBC, including TV versions of Wilkie Collins' classic novel The Moonstone and James Herbert's thriller The Secret of Crickley Hall.

Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning, made the announcement at the Broadcasting Press Guild in London, revealing that a series based on Philippa Gregory's acclaimed Cousins' War novels set during the War of the Roses will also be created.

The series, which will be titled War of the Roses, will be a 'big, fat, old soap opera', according to Mr Stephenson, who likened the production values to those of acclaimed BBC drama The Tudors.

Gregory's works have translated successfully to the screen before, with The Other Boleyn Girl proving a box office success in 2008.

Mr Stephenson said this bodes well for the new series, which will likely be based on the first two Cousins' War novels - The Red Queen and The White Queen.

'We haven't quite worked out how many episodes it's going to be, but there will be many,' he added.

The BBC also announced a new Julia Donaldson adaptation, Room on the Broom, which follows on from the small screen success of The Gruffalo in 2009 and 2011's The Gruffalo's Child and is set to be broadcast in December.

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