M C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin coming to TV

From a Constable and Robinson press release:

Constable & Robinson is delighted to announce that the television rights to M.C. Beaton’s AGATHA RAISIN series have been optioned by Free at Last Digital Limited. Free at Last is co-developing the potential long-running television series with renowned drama producer Mammoth Screen. AGATHA RAISIN was created by Beaton in 1992; there are presently 24 titles in the series, with the newest, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE DEAD, published in September.

AGATHA RAISIN is a truly global success, having been translated into 12 languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Estonian, Hungarian, Turkish, and Thai.

Free at Last TV was established in 2000 as a documentary and docudrama television production company. It has made over 450 hours of television, including scripted comedy and a successful series of docudramas. Barry Ryan, founder and executive producer, said: “I have been wanting to develop these brilliant novels for years. Agatha Raisin is a tour de force, a brilliant, charming and beguiling woman. It’s a miracle she hasn’t found her way to our television screens by now.”

Mammoth Screen is an EMMY and BAFTA winning production company established in 2007. Recent hits include PARADE’S END (BBC Two/HBO), ENDEAVOUR (ITV/PBS) and BLANDINGS (BBC One). Michele Buck, joint Managing Director of Mammoth Screen and Executive Producer, said: “We are delighted to be co-developing such a brilliant series. The novels are delightful, the characters are compelling and the scenery is beautiful. What more does a television series need? M.C. Beaton has a terrific television pedigree – we are determined to keep it that way.”