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Lime Pictures options supernatural live-action drama to be set in Lancashire

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Lime Pictures has optioned a novel by award-winning author Juno Dawson that it is planning to turn into a live-action drama series for teenagers.

The deal for the young adult novel Hollow Pike was brokered between the Liverpool-based production company and Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at Hachette Children’s Group.

Dawson is the bestselling author of 14 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults including hits such as Clean and This Book is Gay.

Lime, the company behind Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, double Emmy award-winning Netflix series Free Rein and the ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex, say they are planning a live-action drama “with a supernatural twist”.

Former Hollyoaks and Skins writer Georgia Lester will work on the TV adaptation, with Dawson also expected to write an episode.

Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at HCG, said: “I’ve always loved the combination of high-school drama and supernatural danger that Juno created in Hollow Pike, and I’ve always admired Lime Pictures – they’re an incredible producer with a gift for youth storytelling. So I couldn’t be happier that Lime and Juno are now working together to bring the suspense and fun of Hollow Pike to the screen.”

Louise Sutton, Head of Drama and YA for Lime Pictures, added: “The book is a tense teen thriller set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Lancashire countryside.

“This is a very modern take on witches and demonization of young women. In the series we will explore this along with universal teen themes of friendship, family and, toughest of all, fitting in.”

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