Category: TV Drama
Award-winning actress Billie Piper will play Sally Lockhart in the BBC's adaptation of multi award-winning writer Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke.
The first book in the quartet charts the adventures of Sally, a feisty young Victorian heroine, who is on a journey to discover the truth behind her father's death, and unravel the mystery behind 'The Seven Blessings'.
Adapted by the highly-acclaimed writer Adrian Hodges (Rome, Charles II: The Power & The Passion, The Lost World), The Ruby In The Smoke is a gripping tale of mystery, danger, puzzling letters and a jewel soaked in blood. The film is set in the heart of Victorian London.
Laura Mackie, Head of BBC Drama Series and Serials, says: "I am absolutely thrilled to have acquired the rights to Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart Mysteries.
"Philip is without question one of Britain's leading novelists. His books are full of absorbing characters, engaging multi-layered plots that appeal to both adults and children alike. The adaptation of these novels furthers BBC ONE's commitment to offering more varied and ambitious drama for its audiences.
"Billie Piper is an extremely versatile actress whose talent has deservedly been recognised by critics and audiences alike. Following on from her success as the Doctor's fearless companion Rose Tyler in Doctor Who, and the endearing Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Billie is the perfect choice for bringing to life this engaging and fearless heroine."
The Ruby In The Smoke will start filming in May 2006, followed by the second novel, The Shadow In The North.
The executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle and Laura Mackie. The producer is Kate Bartlett. Director and further casting details to follow.
The Ruby In The Smoke is part of a broad portfolio of projects, including the forthcoming The Virgin Queen and Mayo and the critically-acclaimed Bleak House and Waking The Dead, from BBC Drama Series & Serials headed by Laura Mackie.