Jilly Cooper's scandalous bestselling Rutshire Chronicles novels are to be adapted for the small screen for ITV.
The Riders series is tipped to be a “high-end drama”. Nine of the ten books in the series have been acquired by production company FilmWave, the company behind J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. The novels selected for adaptation, published by Transworld between 1985 and 2011, are: Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score!, Pandora, Wicked! and Jump!
The books are romance novels set among the British upper class equestrian set. They were the original ‘bonkbuster’ before Fifty Shades of Grey came along. The books became known in the 80s for their racy content with plenty of scandalous affairs and steamy romances to keep fans entertained.
Kate Brooke, who was screenwriter for ITV's Mr Selfridge, will adapt the books.
Cooper's inspirations behind the series' leading man, Rupert Campbell-Black, was revealed as Andrew Parker Bowles, the Earl of Suffolk Michael Howard and Rupert Lycett Green.
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