Award-winning screenwriter Peter Bowker is adapting John Lanchester’s novel Capital for BBC One.
The three-part drama tells the story of a London street transformed by soaring property prices and inhabited by characters diverse in nationality, race, wealth and experience.
Lanchester said he was “thrilled” the book as being adapted for TV, adding it would be “very exciting and very strange to have something on the telly, rather than sitting on the sofa watching it.”
The show is being produced by Kudos Film & Television for BBC One.
Bowker said: “Capital is a novel that is about the way we live in modern cities, where poverty lives cheek by jowl with dazzling affluence and where tradition and modernity clash and coexist. It is both a mystery and a love story.
“The challenge has been to retain all those elements along with the spirit of the original – a kind of comic outrage – while using John’s cast of fascinating, funny and disparate characters, to explore our relationship with money.”
Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One commented: “Through drama, Capital captures the modern Britain that I’m passionate about bringing to the channel. Peter Bowker’s page-turning script shines a light on the comings and goings of one London Street and cleverly interweaves a vibrant set of characters who we soon realise know very little about their neighbours.”