The BBC have announced that Billie Piper is to take the role of Sally Lockhart in the the corporation’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s ‘The Ruby In The Smoke’.
The book, the first of four, follows the adventures of Sally, a feisty young Victorian heroine, who is on a journey to discover the truth behind her father’s death, and unravel the mystery behind ‘The Seven Blessings’.
Announcing the news Laura Mackie, Head of BBC Drama Series and Serials, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have acquired the rights to Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mysteries.
“Philip is without question one of Britain’s leading novelists. His books are full of absorbing characters, engaging multi-layered plots that appeal to both adults and children alike. The adaptation of these novels furthers BBC ONE’s commitment to offering more varied and ambitious drama for its audiences.
“Billie Piper is an extremely versatile actress whose talent has deservedly been recognised by critics and audiences alike. Following on from her success as the Doctor’s fearless companion Rose Tyler in Doctor Who, and the endearing Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Billie is the perfect choice for bringing to life this engaging and fearless heroine.”
According to today’s press release the drama will start filming in May 2006, followed by the second novel, The Shadow In The North. The executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle and Laura Mackie. The producer is Kate Bartlett.
Link: Philip Pullman’s Website