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Blueprint Pictures In Talks To Adapt Graham Norton’s Cork-Based Novel Into TV Series
24 Jan 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Blueprint Pictures are currently in talks to adapt Graham Norton’s novel, ‘Holding’ into a television series. Norton released his debut novel back in 2016, which was well received by critics and now looks set to be brought to the small screen.

Executives from Blueprint Pictures, who are currently enjoying huge success with Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, travelled to Cork earlier this month on a location scouting expedition. Exploring areas such as Sheep’s Head, Beara, and Skibbereen, the group considered a number of areas as potential targets for the planned series.

‘Holding’ is set in the fictional West Cork town of Duneen, which is thrown into uncertainty after a body is found on the land of a newly planned property development. This opens the door to a rare murder investigation as locals come to terms with the shocking discovery.

Blueprints’ Dominic Treadwell-Collins (‘Eastenders’), Delyth Scudamore (‘Atlantis’), and writer Simon Ashdown (‘Raw’) spent time in Cork researching potential locations and aspects of local life mentioned in Norton’s novel. Tredwell-Collins, whose family have strong links with Cork, visited local paper - The Southern Star, which Norton mentions in his novel.

Speaking with the paper, Tredwell-Collins – Head of Television (Blueprint Pictures) said:

“I spent many holidays here, and even did some work experience in The Southern Star when I was a kid. We can’t guarantee it (the show filming in Cork), but we’d like it to be West Cork, because that is where Graham based it. My father was Michael Joseph Collins of Coolbawn, Caheragh, so I know the area really well – it would be nice to give something back.”

This would follow the recent filming of Peter Foott’s highly anticipated ‘Young Offenders’ TV series, which filmed in Cork late last year, and is due for release on BBC mad RTE in February.

Writer Simon Scudamore was optimistic when asked about the project getting green lighted by ITV and returning to Cork saying - “We hope to be filming later this year, if possible.”

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