Monday, 3 September 2012

Dorothy Koomson's 'The Ice Cream Girls' to Become ITV1 Drama in 2013

Author Dorothy Koomson announced recently that her book The Ice Cream Girls is set to be adapted for a three-part ITV1 drama series. The show, currently scheduled for release in 2013, will be the first time that Dorothy's books have been adapted for the screen.

Left Bank Pictures bought the option for the book and have since developed a script with Kate Brook.

For those who are, as yet, unfamiliar with the plot, here's the official blurb:
As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts. Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried – and if theirs is revealed, everything will become a living hell all over again . . . Gripping, thought-provoking and heart-warming, The Ice Cream Girls will make you wonder if you can ever truly know the people you love.

According to Dorothy's post, Serena is going to be played by Lorraine Burroughs (Fast Girls, DCI Banks), and Poppy is going to be played by Jodhi May (Defiance/Strike Back).

Dorothy does warn fans of her books though that, while she is clearly delighted with the news, she does know that the ending has been changed as sadly she has no say in the matter. Fingers crossed they do the book justice and it doesn't become another My Sister's Keeper.

Dorothy had this to say on the news when I spoke to her: "Television is a different medium to novels where you have more time to explore characters and make stories truer to life. The TV adaption will be nothing like my book, I've been told, so I'll be watching it like anyone else who watches TV dramas because it'll be a completely altered tale. I had no say in this because once you sign the rights away the adapters do what they feel is best. Like I say, I'll be watching it with interest."

Dorothy's new book, The Rose Petal Beach is out now. The review will be up at Novelicious soon ...

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