London Fire Book To Be Remade For TV By ‘The Smoke’ Producer Kudos

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Broadchurch producer Kudos is heading back into the fire with its latest high-end drama development. The Endemol Shine Group-owned drama firm is developing a series based on Through the Fire, a female firefighter’s memoir.

It is the company’s latest high-profile firefighter drama since it produced the 2014 Sky drama The Smoke, which starred Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker. The book was written by Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, one of the UK’s most senior female firefighters, and is set to be published by Transworld in spring 2019. The deal was struck by Sue Swift, Head of Literary Acquisitions for Kudos, with Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.

The book follows Cohen-Hatton, who left home at 15 and was homeless for a year, as she rises through the ranks of the fire service to become Deputy Assistant Commissioner by age 31. It also will look at how she dealt with a number of high-profile emergency situations, having attended a number of major incidents including the Westminster terrorist attack and the Holborn fire.

Grantchester and DCI Banks producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd will exec produce alongside Kudos CEO Diederick Santer. Kingsman-Lloyd and Kudos said: “At a time when the female workplace experience is under ever closer scrutiny we are thrilled to be able to bring Sabrina’s remarkable book to the screen. She’s not only a remarkable woman, she’s a natural storyteller and her personal experiences as a front-line professional and her revolutionary insights into the psychology of decision-making in extreme situations make this title a truly extraordinary, exciting and unique examination of the firefighting profession”.

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