This seemingly has been in the works for a long time, but now it’s official:
Not everyone is a fan of the Joy Ellis books, but I have to say that I have enjoyed listening to the Jackman and Evans series. It was a slightly rocky start, because I didn’t really think that Their Lost Daughters, the first Jackman book which Richard performed, was all that great. But I really like the character of Jackman and his relationship with his DS Marie Evans. It has also helped that Joy Ellis is a very personable writer who engages with her audience. And so I have to say that I welcome these news. From the article it sounds as if they are planning to create a show with multiple seasons. Well, that will also depend on the success of the first season, but I would love for Richard to star in a show across several seasons again! Just imagine – knowing that we could watch him on a regular basis rather than in one single film or a one-season dramatisation of a thriller… Exciting.
The article says that Richard’s White Boar Films has acquired the rights, and I wonder whether that means that he will also be producing the show. I’m not familiar with Tim Dynevor, listed as writer for The Fens, but Google tells me he has written countless episodes of British soap Emmerdale. Sounds as if he has lots of experience.
So, with Richard playing Rowan Jackman, will they make some adjustments to the character? As far as I remember, Jackman in the books is in his 30s, for instance. Will they make him a little older to suit the more mature look of RA? That’s just a nit-picking detail, but enquiring minds need to know 😉. Perfect opportunity to wheel out my “fake cover” for The Stolen Boys…
So, what’s your reaction? Do you like the Joy Ellis books? Do you like Rowan Jackman? Do you welcome the news that RA is hoping to take on the show – and play the lead? If you can’t quite imagine it, look over this again: