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Black Dog Television to develop occult crime series Wychwood

Black Dog Television have optioned the novel ‘Wychwood’ by George Mann with a view to developing a television series.

‘Wychwood’, and its sequel ‘Hallowdene’, are the first two books in a crime series set in and around the historic Wychwood forest. The story follows journalist Ellie Reeves and local police detective Peter Shaw as they find themselves embroiled in the recreation of a gruesome piece of English folklore. The series will offer an original mix of crime and occult horror.

Black Dog Television recently created the acclaimed fantasy comedy series ‘Zapped’ for Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney and Steve Coogan. Wychwood is one of a number of crime dramas they are currently developing.

George Mann says “I can’t wait to see what Dan, Paul and Will have in store for Ellie and Peter and their investigations in the sinister Wychwood. They’re bursting with great ideas, and I’m over the moon to be working with such an enthusiastic and talented bunch.”

The producers add “George has created an incredibly atmospheric world. Wychwood forest is home to dark mysteries, horror and occult magic. It’s a brilliant setting for a crime series where nothing is quite as it seems. We can’t wait to start realising this world for television.”

You can buy a copy of Wychwood here, and Hallowdene here.

Black Dog Television is an independent television production company founded by three writer/producers, Dan Gaster, Paul Powell and Will Ing.

They created and wrote three series of the fantasy sitcom Zapped originally broadcast in October 2016. They also devised and co-produced four series of the BBC2 panel show Insert Name Here hosted by Sue Perkins. For Dave they devised and co-produced two series of the panel show Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask.

Their many credits as writers, script editors and producers include: The Last Leg, The Thick Of It, Miranda, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Top Gear, Al Murray’s Happy Hour, Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You?

They can be found here on Twitter.

George Mann is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter. He’s the creator of the supernatural crime series Wychwood, as well as the popular Newbury & Hobbes and Tales of the Ghost novel series. He’s written for properties such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Judge Dredd and Dark Souls, and is currently part of the writers’ room on a forthcoming genre television show.

He can be found on Twitter and on Instagram.

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