'THE FAMILIARS' BESTSELLER
TO BE ADAPTED INTO 17TH CENTURY TV SERIES
Production house The Bureau (Lean on Pete) have bought small screen rights on THE FAMILIARS novel by Stacey Halls and will turn it into epic TV series about 17th century witch trials in Lancashire!
It follows Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a 17 year old pregnant noblewoman, who finds herself caught up in the witch trials when her midwife, Alice Gray, is
accused of witchcraft.
Shuttleworth is pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at
Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard
is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed
to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is
dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.
Then she crosses paths by chance with Gray, a young midwife. Alice
promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the
physician wrong. As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that
are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to
help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two
women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the trial at
Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is
running out, and both their lives are at stake.
|Nine major publishers auctioned for the novel in 2017|
UR PAST WAS 35,000 YEARS AGO
|William has limited release April 12th|
|Super dashing Will Brittain plays the lead role of William|
Stillbirth is a relevant topic; it is not clear what causes the death of a fetus and if it can be prevented. Women experiencing it are devastated and it takes time to heal emotionally.ReplyDelete
The witch Alice as opposed to the physician is a bit like alternative medicine versus conventional one. Who's going to win in the end?
The drama "William" presents us with a very intriguing topic. I must say the lad looks good considering he's of ancient Neanderthal DNA or something. His struggles to fit in - quite interesting.
Both movies seem worth watching.
They both bring up such very current questions! I wonder if we will ever go as far as the scientists in William.Delete
"William" looks intriguing.ReplyDelete
17 and pregnant for the 4th time? She sure was a busy girl! The book cover is really lovely. Also, William does look good too.ReplyDelete
Life did not last long back in the past, so they had to breed from a very early age, sadly. People used to life only till mid thirtiest. Women used to die in massive percentage during childbirth because doctors started washing their hands (and tools) only sometime in the 19th century methinks.Delete
I sometimes think it's a miracle so many people lived through such unhygienic practices.Delete