EXCLUSIVE: UK Indie The Forge (Roadkill, National Treasure) has secured the TV adaptation rights for Barbara Taylor Bradford’s bestselling book series The Emma Harte Saga.
The deal includes eight novels, including her latest work, A man of honor This is a continuation of her famous 1979 book A woman of substance and is scheduled to be released by HarperCollins in November.
A woman of substanceThe first in the series has sold more than 30 million copies. The story follows a maid who through talent, real strength, hard work, ambition and drive becomes a great success as a tycoon, creating a business empire and a family dynasty. The novel was adapted for television in 1984.
The other six books are: Hold the dream; Be the best; Emma’s Secret; Unexpected blessing; Rewards only; and Break the rules.
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The deal was brokered by Barbara Taylor Bradford’s media agent Luke Speed on behalf of Jonathan Lloyd of the Curtis Brown Group.
The Forge has credits, including Jack Thorne’s BAFTA-winning trilogy National treasure, Kiri and The accident, as well as Ackley Bridge, The Final Post, Securities, and recently the political thriller Roadkill with Hugh Laurie, which aired on PBS in the US and BBC One in the UK.
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“Barbara’s generosity and support with her masterpiece was incredible. We are honored to bring this exciting and popular saga to the big screen, ”said Beth Willis, Executive Producer at The Forge. “TV dramas about women who are not driven by love or a need for love are rarer than chicken teeth. Emma Harte has a number of dazzling romances, marriages, lovers, and missed opportunities. What drives them, however, is a determined determination never to feel powerless, to provide for and protect, and above all to win. “
Barbara Taylor Bradford added, “The Forge was quick to act and he was great to work with. I think my darling Emma Harte and her large family have just found a good home. “