Screen Adaptation Rights Bought to Lythell’s Two Thrillers

Jane Lythell’s third novel with Head of Zeus was published as a paperback on 3 November 2016.

WOMAN OF THE HOUR takes the lid off the TV industry. Behind the glossy exterior of the on-air programme there lurks backstage intrigues, scandal and huge egos in conflict.

Jane, who worked as a TV producer and commissioning editor for fifteen years (as Jane Clarke), delivers a barnstorming insider’s account of the private life of a​ TV station.

We are also delighted to announce that Pobbles Productions has optioned for screen adaptation Jane’s two psychological thrillers THE LIE OF YOU and AFTER THE STORM. Pobbles Productions is backed by Great Point Media, the media investment and advisory business who have recently supported TV successes The Level, Doc Martin and Arthur and George.

THE LIE OF YOU is a portrait of obsession to the point of madness in which a woman tries to destroy her colleague.

​AFTER THE STORM follows an English couple who get on a small boat with two American strangers to sail to an island after knowing them less than 24 hours and has been described as Marine Noir.

Jane Lythell said: ‘This is the best news. I have huge respect for the work of Great Point Media, am an avid fan of Doc Martin and have been gripped by The Level and its darkly atmospheric​ portrayal​ of Brighton where I live.’

Jim Reeve, Director of Great Point Media said: ‘We are very excited to be working with Pobbles and Jane on these projects which we feel will make fantastic adaptations to the screen.’

Laura Palmer, Fiction Publisher at Head of Zeus said: ‘Both these novels would make brilliant films, but I’m especially excited to see who would play the two rival women in The Lie of You. My fantasy pick would be Emily Blunt and Rosamund Pike.’


Jane Lythell worked as a television producer at TV-am and British Satellite Broadcasting and commissioning editor for features at WestCountry TV before becoming Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA.

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