Article in Broadcast Magazine 28th August 2012:

ITV has ordered a three-part drama series starring Lorraine Burroughs based a best selling novel by Dorothy Koomson.

Left Bank Pictures is to adapt The Ice Cream Girls, which will become the first drama to be distributed by Sony Pictures Television since acquiring the indie in July.

It follows two teenage girls accused of murdering their schoolteacher and forced to go their separate ways. After 17 years they are reunited in the seaside town they fled and are forced to confront each other and their shared history.

The drama will feature Lorraine Burroughs (DCI Banks, Fast Girls, Spooks) and Jodhi May (The Scapegoat, The Jury, Strike Back) as the lead characters. It will be set in the present with events from the past unfolding through flashbacks.

Kate Brooke, writer of Case Sensitive and The Making of a Lady, is adapting the novel. Production will start shortly in Dublin with Lucy Dyke as producer and Left Bank chief executive Andy Harries as executive producer.

Dyke said: “We are very excited to be in production on Kate Brooke’s captivating scripts, based on Dorothy Koomson’s bestselling novel. We have a stellar cast in place, led by two strong women, and look forward to bringing this powerful emotional thriller to the screen for ITV1”.

ITV director of drama Laura Mackie and drama controller Sally Haynes ordered the serial.

“The quality of Kate Brooke’s scripts has attracted a fantastic cast and we’re delighted to be working on such a gripping contemporary thriller with Left Bank Pictures,” said Mackie.