Andy Harries, Chief Executive of Left Bank Pictures, and Francis Hopkinson, Head of Television announce two key literary properties to be adapted for television.

Francis Hopkinson says “Aurelio Zen and Alan Banks are two much loved and iconic detective figures in British Crime Fiction, who have so far eluded British television, we are proud and excited to be bringing them to the screen.”

Scripts for three Aurelio Zen mysteries, written by the late Michael Dibdin and set in Italy, are currently being adapted into feature-length dramas for BBC One through BBC Scotland.

Ratking is being adapted by Peter Berry, Vendetta by Simon Burke and Dead Lagoon by Patrick Harbinson. Ratking was the first Zen mystery published and it won the Gold Dagger award of 1988.

ITV1 have commissioned a script of Peter Robinson’s 2002 novel Aftermath – oe of the acclaimed Inspector Banks Mystery series – to be adapted by Robert Murphy for transmission in 2010.

Aftermath is one of 19 novels in the Inspector Banks series. Banks is a fish out of water, a southerner in the Yorkshire Dales, working alongside the feisty DI Annie Cabbot who shares Banks’ dislike for authority and sometimes his bed. The beauty and tranquility of the Yorkshire Dales provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to the gritty and chilling murders Inspector Banks investigates.

Both projects are in early development