U.K. Author’s Debut Novel 'Marriage Material' Set for TV Adaptation

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The Britain-set Indian family saga from Sathnam Sanghera has been co-optioned by Kudos, part of 21st Century Fox's Elisabeth Murdoch-led Shine Group, and Parti Productions.

LONDON – Award-winning journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera’s latest book, Marriage Material; A Novel, has been optioned for TV adaptation ahead of its publication.

U.K. TV powerhouse production label Kudos, part of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group, has partnered with Parti Productions to co-option the rights.

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To be published by William Heinemann, Marriage Material centers on the return of Arjan Banga to his family home in the Black Country area of England, following the unexpected death of his father. It tells the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop and is billed as an epic tale of family, love and politics, spanning the second half of the twentieth century, and the start of the twenty-first.

Parti Productions chief Nisha Parti said: "Being of the same generation and having grown up in a Punjabi household myself, I have a strong personal connection to his [Sanghera's] writing and am particularly interested in finding thought-provoking and original stories about my own heritage."

Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone said: "Sathnam’s skill as a writer has seen him move effortlessly into fiction."

Honour, a girl-on-the-run thriller based around an honor killing and starring Paddy Considine and newcomer Aiysha Hart, is Parti Production’s first movie and will have its theatrical release in early 2014 in both the U.S. and U.K.

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Forthcoming projects also include Stray, a thriller set in Mumbai starring Dev Patel, and Darkness Visible, a psychological horror -- both of which are co-funded by the British Film Institute.

Kudos has produced television series for the BBC, HBO, ITV and Channel 4.

Forthcoming productions include The Tunnel for Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus, The Smoke for Sky One and From There To Here for BBC One.

Recent shows include Broadchurch and Utopia written by Dennis Kelly.