'Doctor Who' Writer Adapting YA Novel 'Cuckoo Song' for U.K. Startup Catalyst (Exclusive)

Catalyst Global Media, Al Hardiman, Charlotte Walls, Gideon Lyons

Sarah Dollard has also written for 'Being Human,' 'The Halcyon,' 'The White Princess,' 'You, Me and the Apocalypse' and 'The Game.'

Sarah Dollard, the U.K.-based Australian screenwriter whose credits include Doctor Who, spy thriller The Game and upcoming period drama The Halycon, has been brought on board to adapt the award-winning YA novel Cuckoo Song for TV.

Catalyst Global Media, the U.K. production banner set up last year, is producing the project as a 4 x 60 event piece, having optioned Frances Hardinge's 2014 novel, which became the first YA book to win the British Fantasy Awards' top prize and was shortlisted for both the Carnegie Medal and the James Herbert Award.

Mike Carey, the graphic novelist and author behind recent zombie thriller The Girl With All the Gifts, starring Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton, brought the project to Catalyst and is taking an active exec producer role.

Set in 1920s England, Cuckoo Song follows the story of a young girl whose world is turned upside down when she finds herself eerily altered and unearths a magical folklore world as she embarks on a quest to repair a broken family still haunted by the events of WWI.

Catalyst, launched in 2015 by former Matador Pictures producer Charlotte Walls alongside Al Hardiman and Gideon Lyons, also has a multiyear, multi-picture deal in the works with Warner Music to develop a slate of feature biopics and documentaries from its catalog of artists.