YA Novel Hollow Pike Optioned for TV


Lime Pictures has optioned Hollow Pike, a YA novel by award-winning author Juno Dawson, for television.

Lime is planning a live-action drama series for teens with a supernatural twist. Georgia Lester (Hollyoaks, Skins, Youngers, Turn Up Charlie) is attached as head writer for the series. Dawson is also expected to write an episode.

Dawson is a best-selling, award-winning author of 14 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including hits such as Clean and This Book is Gay.

Lime is the producer behind Hollyoaks, the double Emmy Award-winning Netflix original series Free Rein and the BAFTA Award-winning real-life drama series The Only Way Is Essex.

Karen Lawler, head of licensed content at Hachette Children’s Group, said: “I’ve always loved the combination of high-school drama and supernatural danger that Juno created in Hollow Pike, and I’ve always admired Lime Pictures—they’re an incredible producer with a gift for youth storytelling. So I couldn’t be happier that Lime and Juno are now working together to bring the suspense and fun of Hollow Pike to the screen.’

Dawson added: “It’s ten years since I conceived the sinister town of Hollow Pike and I’m delighted that it’s being revived for television. I always had such exciting plans for the characters and the TV show gives us an opportunity to do just that.”

Head of drama and YA for Lime Pictures, Louise Sutton, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Georgia Lester on the TV adaptation of Juno Dawson’s brilliant novel Hollow Pike. The book is a tense teen thriller set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. This is a very modern take on witches and demonization of young women. In the series we will explore this along with universal teen themes of friendship, family and, toughest of all, fitting in.”