Stuff the British Stole to Be Adapted as a Drama


Wooden Horse (The Clearing, Mother & Son) and Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) Australia (The Twelve, Love Me) have teamed up to develop a scripted heist caper adaptation of Stuff the British Stole.

Created and written by Anchuli Felicia King (The Sympathizer, The Baby, Deadloch), the six-part adaptation will explore the issue of repatriation through a humorous lens. Ben Chessell (The Great, Giri Haji, Doctor Who) is attached as director and writer.

The creative team also includes Kacie Anning (Class of ’07, Upload, The Other Guy) and award-winning First Nations writer and playwright Dylan Van Den Berg. The creator of the factual series, Marc Fennell, will be an executive producer alongside Wooden Horse’s Richard Finlayson and Jude Troy and WBITVP Australia’s Hamish Lewis and Michael Brooks.

The factual series, based on Fennell’s podcast of the same name, earned huge ratings on ABC Australia and CBC Canada. Season two premiered on ABC Australia this month, and a third season is already in development by Wooden Horse, WildBear Entertainment and Cream Productions.

“Led by Anchuli Felicia King, the writing team, alongside attached set-up director Ben Chessell, have developed a unique cast of diverse and fascinating characters, who almost accidentally steal their way to becoming the heroes of a global repatriation movement,” the producers said. “If there’s one thing we learned from the brilliant Stuff the British Stole factual series, it’s that history is complex—a lesson our characters will learn the hard way.”