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BBC Children’s Orders A Kind of Spark Adaptation from 9 Story


BBC Children’s has ordered the new series A Kind of Spark, based on the award-winning book by neurodivergent author Elle McNicoll, from 9 Story Media Group.

A Kind of Spark tells the story of  Addie, a young neurodivergent girl, who learns about the witch trials that happened in her hometown and realizes that there is more to the story, just as there is more to her own. It is a story about friendship, courage and self-belief. The adaptation is the first project to be put into production from 9 Story’s first-look deal with publishing company Knights Of.

The series is created for television by Anna McCleery (Free Rein, The Secret Life of Boys), who is writing the script with McNicoll.

“We’re delighted to bring this moving and powerful story to audiences in the U.K.,” said Sarah Muller, head of commissioning and acquisitions, 7-12, at the BBC. “In Addie, we have a character who is relatable, uplifting and inspiring, and we can’t wait to bring her story to life. Our aim is to reflect all of our audience on screen and this story of difference and acceptance is one that we can’t wait to tell.”

“We are thrilled to partner with BBC, to bring this incredibly special story to the screen,” said Gráinne McNamara, VP of live action for 9 Story Media Group. “Just like the countless kids who have fallen in love with the book, we were instantly captivated and inspired by Addie’s way of looking at the world. Representation is crucial in kids’ television, and we are excited to bring A Kind of Spark to new audiences in the U.K.”

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