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Dramatic Rights

The Darley Anderson Agency works to maximise dramatic opportunities for all their Authors

Film still of Tom Cruise, Lee Child and Rosamund Pike from the film Jack Reacher, adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot

Tom Cruise, Lee Child and Rosamund Pike in Jack Reacher, film adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot

With excellent relationships with producers in the UK and internationally, we look to place material in the hands of brilliant and passionate industry professionals with the vision and determination to get out authors' books adapted for the screen.

Darley Anderson handles dramatic rights for some authors. In 2013, he brought Dramatic Rights Agent, Sheila David, into the Agency.

Since coming in-house in 2013, Sheila has set up film and tv options for many Agency authors, orchestrating deals direct to studios and to independent TV and Film producers around the world. This year we have projects for film and tv at all stages: in active development, in production, in post-production and being broadcast on prime time TV.

In LA, the Agency has an excellent twenty-year relationship with US Talent Agent Steve Fisher at APA. They have successfully set up projects with major Hollywood Studios who have produced films starring A-list talent such as Tom Cruise (pictured) and Kevin Costner.

For Dramatic Rights enquiries, please contact Sheila David on sheila@darleyanderson.com.

Dramatic Rights News

TM Logan’s THE HOLIDAY swiftly followed by THE CATCH for Channel 5

Based on the novel of the same name, TM Logan’s THE HOLIDAY was produced by Projector Pictures and broadcast on Channel 5 in Spring 2022. The adaptation stars Jill Halfpenny (Waterloo Road, Eastenders), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve). As reported in Broadcast this June, it has consolidated viewing figures of 3.8 million.

Hot on the heels of this, C5 have commissioned THE CATCH, a primetime drama based on TM Logan’s Sunday Times Bestselling novel, also from Projector Pictures, a BAFTA nominated independent production company. More news on cast and location to come soon!   

Bad Wolf Options THE NO-SHOW by Beth O’ Leary

Cardiff based Bad Wolf Productions – the international drama production company behind His Dark Materials, Industry, A Discovery of Witches and the forthcoming regeneration of Doctor Who for 2023 - have optioned the dramatic rights in Beth O’Leary’s bestselling novel THE NO-SHOW from Sheila David of Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency.

In THE NO-SHOW, three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man, with each of them being stood up on Valentine’s Day by the elusive Joseph Carter. O’Leary’s fourth Sunday Times bestselling novel, THE NO-SHOW is a joyful yet heartbreaking story about dating, and waiting, and the ways love can find us.

O’Leary’s books have been translated into over 30 languages and THE FLATSHARE has sold over a million copies globally. In the UK & Ireland, O’Leary’s novels have sold over 1.5 million copies. Each one has hit the Sunday Times bestseller lists in both hardback and paperback, and her debut, THE FLATSHARE, is currently in post-production with Paramount +.  

TV Adaptation of Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare

Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Anthony Welsh (Hanna, Fleabag) have been announced as the leads of THE FLATSHARE, based on Beth O'Leary's 2018 novel and produced by 42 Productions. Beth O'Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Tiffany and Leon share a one room flat as one works days and the other, nights. They begin to leave notes for one another, and the pair find themselves drawn closer together...

The series will broadcast on Paramount+ in the UK later this year. Keep an eye out for more news!    

Imran Mahmood's YOU DON'T KNOW ME for BBC One

Samuel Adewunmi (The Missing, Angela Black) stars in the hit BBC One drama, which has been met with acclaim from both audiences and critics alike.

"A clever courtroom drama with a canny star performance at its centre." - Ed Cumming, The Independent

Based on Imran Mahmood's electrifying novel of the same name, all four captivating episodes of You Don't Know Me are now streaming on BBC iPlayer. 

Reacher hits Prime

The countdown is finally over! The brand new Reacher Series premieres tonight on Amazon Prime. 

Alan Ritchson stars in Lee Child's Original No.1 Internationally Bestselling Series! 

"If you've loved #Reacher, then this is as close as you will ever get to him on the screen. Trust me: It's perfect."

'Partnering with Amazon Studios for season one of ‘Reacher’ was a total delight – so I’m thrilled we’ll be working together again, for season two' – Lee Child

All episodes now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime.

Latest Dramatic Rights Sales

The Catch by T M Logan
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

The Curfew by T M Logan
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

Just Haven't Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

The No-Show by Beth O'Leary
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

Trust Me by T M Logan
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

The Imagination Box: A Mind Of Its Own by Martyn Ford
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

The Switch by Beth O'Leary
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option

Desperately Seeking Summer by Mandy Baggot
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to / under option


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