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ITV Orders Emily Watson-Led Psychological Thriller


ITV has commissioned the psychological thriller Too Close, starring Emily Watson (Chernobyl, Apple Tree Yard).

Written by actress and author Clara Salaman and produced by Snowed-In Productions in association with all3media international, Too Close is a three-part drama based on the novel of the same title published under the pseudonym Natalie Daniels. Watson will star as a forensic psychiatrist assigned to work with a woman accused of a heinous crime but who claims she can’t remember a thing.

Snowed-In’s head of drama, Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Casual Vacancy, Mrs Wilson), will executive produce the miniseries. all3media international will be responsible for international sales.

Kenley-Letts said: “Working with Clara Salaman on this adaption of her novel has been a joy. She is a bright new talent to screenwriting and it is a testament to her writing that Emily Watson, one of our finest and most accomplished actors, has signed up to play the part of Emma. Clara’s scripts are consistently gripping, with three compelling and brilliantly realized women at their heart. I can’t wait to work with Polly Hill and ITV to bring them to life.”

Hill, ITV’s head of drama, commented: “Too Close is a brilliant script where you are never sure who has the power—the psychologist or her patient, or whether Connie is the monster she’s portrayed as. I’m delighted that Emily Watson is going to play Emma, who will be phenomenal and I’m looking forward to working with Ruth Kenley-Letts and the team at Snowed-In Productions to bring this fantastic adaptation to ITV.”

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