The award-winning Scottish production company Synchronicity Films is adapting thriller writer Craig Russell’s classic noir book series Lennox for TV...
Set in Glasgow in the 1950s, the 4 one-hour long episode TV adaptation is being developed as a returning period crime series by acclaimed writer Robert Murphy (Invisible, DCI Banks, Inspector George Gently, Vera, Shetland). Hailed as “atmospheric and deftly plotted” by The Guardian and “cinematic” by The Scotsman, Russell’s novels are a rich framework of intrigue in an original setting.
Claire Mundell Managing Director and Creative Director of Synchronicity, said: “Craig Russell’s Lennox is a fascinating character, taking inspiration from the classic noir detective and infusing him with freshness and bite through intricately researched setting, authenticity of the period and compelling plot. We know that Robert will bring his wit and brilliant instinct for storytelling to this project, and we can’t wait to showcase it to audiences hungry for innovative crime drama.”
Author Craig Russell added:, “From my first meeting with Claire, Synchronicity’s energy and enthusiasm for Lennox has been amazing and their vision of the character and his story reflects mine perfectly. I am convinced Claire and the team offer the ideal partner in bringing Lennox—who is a subtly nuanced and complex character—to the screen. I am very excited to see it all coming together.”
Glasgow 1953 – the war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning. The city is teeming with the damaged and the desperate, the decadent and the under-nourished, the wild and the innocent; shady bookies, femmes fatales, scar-faced gangsters, bent cops, bent politicians, predators, victims, whores, hustlers, crumbling night club singers and rapacious businessmen.
In the middle of this abyss is our central character - Lennox - a ruggedly good-looking private detective, born in Glasgow but raised in North America following the Depression. A damaged man in a hard city at a hard time, caught in the middle of the three crime bosses – The Three Kings – who control the city…a dangerous place to be.
Most recently Synchronicity has produced the critically acclaimed award-winning drama series The Cry written by Jacquelin Perske for BBC One and is developing a TV series based on Heather Norris’ best-selling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
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