Graham Norton's debut novel to be turned into a four-part drama for ITV

GRAHAM Norton's debut novel is to be turned into a four-part drama for ITV.

The TV presenter and Virgin Radio host released his first book, Holding, in 2016.

Now, ITV has commissioned a new TV adaptation of the novel, to be filmed on location in Ireland.

Olivier award winning actor, Conleth Hill will take the leading role of local police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins, a gentle mountain of a man who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work.

But when the body of long-lost local legend Tommy Burke is discovered, PJ is called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career.

PJ finally has to connect with the village he has tried hard to avoid.

Graham, 58, said: “I am beyond excited to see the story and characters I created being brought to the screen.

"I love how the brilliant creative team have transformed my novel into something so rich and dramatic. West Cork is ready for its close-up!!”

A story of love, secrets and loss, Holding, is a darkly comic tale which shrewdly observes the lives of its characters, each with frailties, complexities and pasts they’d rather keep hidden.

The story is a murder mystery laced with dark comedy and centred around the minutiae of rural Irish life.

Set in the insular fictional village of Duneen, West Cork, on the edge of Ireland, a place with its own climate and rhythms, Holding will be directed by award winning actor, director and producer Kathy Burke.

She said: "2021 is my 40th year working in the industry and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than directing Holding.

"It’s a beautiful piece of writing with a great story and fantastic, full bodied characters. All this with glorious West Cork as its setting proved irresistible."

Meanwhile Conleth said: "I’m looking forward to getting to work with Kathy, the cast and crew, Dominic and everyone at Happy Prince on bringing Graham’s brilliant characters and story to the screen.”

Holding will be filmed in Ireland across the summer of 2021 with details of further casting revealed in due course. Graham's Virgin Radio Show airs Saturdays AND Sundays from 9:30am – 12:30pm

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