Thursday, 18 November 2010


[12.05 - French Time] Broadcast reports today that ITV has commissioned a three-part thriller adapted from What To Do When Someone Dies, the novel by bestseller crime writer duo Nicci French (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French).

Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) stars as a widowed schoolteacher coming to terms with the death of her husband in a horrific car accident while travelling with a mystery female passenger who died with him. Unable to accept her husband’s infidelity, she borrows her best friend’s identity to infiltrate the mystery woman’s workplace and discover who she was.

Sally Head (Prime Suspect, Cracker) exec produce for Sally Head Productions (Tipping the Velvet) and the 3 x 60-minute drama will be filmed on location in Manchester and London in spring 2011. With What To Do When Someone Dies ITV add another novel adaptation to its recent crime line-up, after DCI Banks, Vera (starring Brenda Blethyn), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or the two-part drama based on Sophie Hannah's The Point Of Rescue.

In 2002 ITV aired TV versions of Nicci French's Beneath the Skin and The Safe House. Three years later David Tennant starred in Secret Smile, an ITV two-part drama based on their novel.

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