BBC commissions adaptation of Iain Banks' novel Stonemouth for BBC One Scotland and BBC Two

Date: 21.08.2014     Last updated: 22.08.2014 at 13.50
Acclaimed author Iain Banks' novel Stonemouth is to be dramatised by BBC Scotland and Slate North for UK audiences, the first TV adaptation of his work since his death in 2013.

A BBC Scotland/Slate North co-production for both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two, the two-part (2x60') drama is a rite of passage tale set in the fictional Aberdeenshire village of Stonemouth.

Delving into love, loyalty and vengeance, Stonemouth focuses on the character of Stewart Gilmour, who returns for his best friend's funeral. Run out of town a year earlier by his girlfriend's family, Stewart is forced to face up to his own past whilst uncovering the sinister truth behind his friend's apparent suicide.

Christopher Aird, BBC Scotland's Head of Drama and Executive Producer on Stonemouth, says: "Iain Banks was such a prolific and important writer, I am thrilled BBC Scotland Drama and Slate North are bringing Stonemouth to the screen. We have some very exciting ideas for the adaptation and I am sure we will be able to attract some of the very best Scottish acting talent to the drama."

Andrea Calderwood, Slate North, adds: "Having worked with Iain on the much-loved BBC Scotland adaptation of The Crow Road, I felt that, in Stonemouth, Iain had created a similarly engaging world. We had been very much looking forward to collaborating again on this one, and working with David Kane. David has really captured the unique spirit of Iain's writing in his adaptation, and with his and Charles Martin's award-winning talent, I'm sure Iain would have enjoyed seeing the great characters and story of Stonemouth brought to the screen."

Written by David Kane (The Field Of Blood, Prime Suspect) and directed by Charles Martin (Run, Wallander and A&E's US remake of The Returned), BBC's TV adaptation of Stonemouth will film in locations around Scotland from October 2014. Casting will be announced in due course.

Stonemouth is a co-commission by Ewan Angus, BBC Scotland's Head of Commissioning and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. It will be executive produced by Christopher Aird for BBC Scotland and Andrea Calderwood for Slate North.

The commission is part of BBC Scotland's commitment to produce distinctive and reflective Scottish output and complements distinctive productions including Shetland (BBC One), Sunset Song, Katie Morag (CBeebies), Bob Servant (BBC Four), Murder (BBC Two) and new landmark series, Highlands (BBC One).

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