Graham Norton's novel 'Holding' is becoming a four-part ITV series

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20 May 2021, 14:11

Exciting news for Graham Norton! His debut novel 'Holding' is being turned into a four-part TV series for ITV. 

He released his debut novel,  in 2016. Now ITV has commissioned a four-part series based on the book.


is darkly comic murder mystery, and is set to be filmed on location in Ireland later this year

It's going to be directed by Kathy Burke, too!

She'll be joined by writers Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan and produced by Happy Prince, part of ITV Studios, and Martina Niland for Port Pictures, in association with Screen Ireland. 

Graham says, “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!!”

The lead role is that of local police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins. He's a gentle mountain of a man, who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work. 

He'll be played by Olivier award-winning actor, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Dublin Murders, Vienna Blood).

Set in the insular fictional village of Duneen, West Cork, on the edge of Ireland, life is suddenly turned upside down.

The body of long-lost local legend Tommy Burke is discovered, and 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.

Kathy Burke says: “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."

Conleth Hill says: “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.”

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill says: 

“Graham’s wonderful book has been brilliantly brought to life by Dom and Karen. Conleth Hill is the perfect PJ, in what is a funny and well observed look at life in a small rural Irish community. It’s testament to the strength of those scripts that Kathy Burke is directing and it will be exciting to see her bring this adaptation to screen.” 

Details of further casting released closer to the commencement of production. 

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