A24 and BBC are collaborating on Shuggie BainTV series adaptation of Douglas Stuart’s 2020 Booker Prize-winning novel.
Set in 1980s Thatcher-era Glasgow and based on Stuart’s own childhood, Shuggie Bain billed as “a powerful depiction of a working-class family,” delves into the story of alcoholism, sex, pride, and love as a frail boy struggles to have an adult fit to take care of her dear mother as she battled alcoholism.
“I am extremely grateful to the BBC and A24 for their trust in Shuggie Bain, said Stuart. “I am delighted to bring the Bain family to the screen and have the opportunity to expand my novel and bring new themes to the story, exploring the hardships and struggles as well as compassion, Humor and resilience are central to the film. Scottish spirit.”
The series marks the UK’s latest project for A24 after the studio made two major hires in London last year, poaching both the film’s and its drama head. BBC, as it seeks to strengthen its international operations.
Shuggie Bain written by Stuart and will be executive produced by A24 and Gaynor Holmes, BBC drama commission editor, for the BBC. The series is being produced and distributed worldwide by A24. Filming will take place in Scotland and more details will be announced shortly.
“Shuggie Bain Holmes said. “It’s been an honor to work with the incredibly talented Douglas Stuart to bring his vision to the BBC.”