HBO Adapting Hit British Podcast 'My Dad Wrote a Porno' for TV

Belinda Blumenthal is hitting the small screen as an HBO comedy special.
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'My Dad Wrote a Porno'

My Dad Wrote a Porno, the sexually explicit British podcast that has become a cult hit on both sides of the Atlantic, is heading to TV via an HBO comedy special of its live show due to land in 2019.

The podcast, which has amassed in excess of 100 million downloads, sees Jamie Morton reading a chapter from the “Belinda Blinked” series of adult novels, written by his real-life father under the nom de plume Rocky Flintstone, with his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine providing commentary. The books follow the sexual adventures of an enthusiastic 30-something woman called Belinda Blumenthal as she navigates the exotic and erotic waters of the pots and pans industry. 

Since it launched in September 2015, My Dad Wrote a Porno has become a global word-of-mouth sensation, regularly dominating the Apple iTunes charts and attracting several big name fans, with the likes of Elijah Wood, Daisy Ridley and Michael Sheen joining the trio to record the special "Footnotes" podcast spinoff. Its live shows, in which a special "lost chapter" is read out in front of an audience, has toured the world over the past year, selling out in every destination. 

"My Dad Wrote a Porno shows the extent of just how embarrassing dads can be, in the best possible way,” said Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president, HBO Programming. "James, Jamie and Alice transformed a very awkward situation into an undeniably hilarious experience that we’re excited to share with our audience."

“We’re over the moon and honoured that HBO has decided to help bring Rocky Flintstone’s bad dad-rotica to the world – what are they thinking?!” say Team Porno. “The response to the live show has been incredible so far, so we can’t wait for more people to see it.”

News of the TV adaptation was announced on Aug. 27, billed as #PornoDay, on which the first episode of My Dad Wrote a Porno's fourth season was launched. 

The HBO comedy special will be produced by Done and Dusted; executive produced by Morton, Cooper, Levine and Flintstone; directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, the podcast team revealed that they'd been having some "really exciting conversations" about adapting the podcast to a different medium, with Levine saying that Belinda Blumenthal would be the "role of a lifetime ... quite literally, it would probably be the last role that you ever have."