Mumbai, 13th May, 2020- Endemol Shine India has optioned the classic Inspector Ghote detective series of novels by H.R.F. Keating for adaptation into a multi-part returnable drama.
The Perfect Murder (1964) introduced Inspector Ganesh V. Ghote, an officer in the Bombay CID and won the British Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger award. Intended as a one-off, success in America and the UK led Keating to write 25 titles featuring Ghote, published over a 45-year period before his death in 2011.
Abhishek Rege, CEO Endemol Shine India said: “We at Endemol Shine India look forward to bringing alive the inimitable world of Inspector Ghote first created by H.R.F. Keating in the 1960s. Our attraction to the series, along with the prestige of reintroducing the legacy of H.R.F. to a new audience, was the wide appeal and popularity of this lovable Indian Inspector. This universe celebrates not just a highly endearing and enduring character but also the nostalgia of a slice of our collective past, history and culture. The joy as producers and creators is to be able to create content that cuts across demographics and geographies because it is unique relatable and entertaining. “
The new book-to-screen deal is timed with Severn House republishing each of the Inspector Ghote novels and Level Best Books publishing a new biography H.R.F. Keating: A Life of Crime by Keating’s wife, actress Sheila Mitchell, on 28th April 2020.
Sheila Mitchell said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Harry is being celebrated in so many ways some nine years after he died and I am quite sure that, with Endemol Shine India’s reputation, they will find a way not only to bring the essential Ghote to the screen but also that their adaptation will introduce him to new generations.”
The new biography gives an intimate view into the life and writings of one of the most revered authors of British crime fiction in the second half of the twentieth century. At the age of 94, this is Mitchell’s literary debut and features an introduction from Len Deighton.
Dramatic rights were acquired by Endemol Shine India from broadcast agent James Carroll at Northbank Talent Management on behalf of Peter Buckman at The Ampersand Agency and the H.R.F. Keating Estate.
Sidharth Jain, Producer & Founder at The Story Ink, said:
Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating was born in Sussex in 1926. After a short period working as a subeditor on The Times, he went on in 1963 to review crime fiction for them for fifteen years. He published his first novel in 1959, and the first of the Inspector Ghote series in 1964.
Endemol Shine India is one of the leading and most valuable content production companies in subcontinent across television, film and digital content. The company is a joint venture bringing together Endemol Shine and CA Media to create a global content creator, producer and distributor across scripted and non-scripted genres.
Northbank Talent Management is a talent and literary agency based in central London representing thought leaders, broadcasters and writers across all media throughout the world. Northbank’s team has decades of collective experience in the publishing, broadcast, brand licensing and corporate speaking industries which makes for a powerful offering in full-service talent representation.
The Ampersand Agency is a small, selective, and successful literary agency with offices in London and Oxfordshire. Representing brand names like Georgette Heyer and H R F Keating, its reputation for discovering new talent started when they took on Vikas Swarup, whose first novel was sold in over 40 countries and turned into the multi-Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
The Story Ink is India’s first premium story company and has also become India’s No.1 book to screen development and production company. With more than 10 coproduction’s in the pipeline, and more than 75-book to screen adaptation deals in the last 18 months, The Story Ink has redefined accelerated project development in India.