ITV announces literary thriller based on the novel Our House

Naomi Gordon
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ITV have announced a suspenseful new thriller based on Louise Candlish's best-selling novel Our House.

The four-part drama, adapted by screenwriter Simon Ashdown, narrates the story of protagonist Fiona Lawson, who arrives home one day to find strangers moving into her house.

The synopsis continues: "With all her family's possessions and furniture nowhere to be seen, Fi believes there's been a huge mistake and insists her home isn't for sale. With events spiralling beyond her control, we feel her panic rising as she can’t reach estranged husband, Bram. As she reflects upon the safe space in which she and her family had made a life together, Fi begins to peel back the layers of her relationship and discovers her husband has also disappeared.

"With her life shattered, she realises the secrets and lies have only just begun, but her husband isn’t the only one with things to hide..."

Candlish's hit novel, which is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster and in the US by Berkley, Penguin Random House, became a Sunday Times best seller and also won Book of the Year – Crime and Thriller, at the British Book Awards in 2019.

It was also Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019, and featured as Waterstones' Thriller of the Month last September. The book retailer described it as "a twisting odyssey of suburban betrayal, masterfully unspooled by Candlish who effortlessly stays several steps ahead of the reader".

The series was commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said in a statement: "I'm very excited to have commissioned Our House. It's an addictive, suspenseful novel and Simon Ashdown perfectly captures that in his adaptation. I'm looking forward to working with Belinda and Red Planet once again on bringing this modern and entertaining tale to screen."

Louise Candlish added: "Some of the most addictive drama I've watched in recent years has come from ITV, so it's an honour and a career highlight to have an adaptation of Our House join such prestigious company. The way Simon and the Red Planet Pictures team have brought Fi and Bram’s hair-raising story to life is absolute genius."

The cast has yet to be announced, but filming for Our House will begin in the summer of 2021.

Our House will air on ITV next year.

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