‘Shuggie Bain’, novel by Douglas Stuart, set for BBC, A24 adaptation

Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize-winning debut novel, is to be adapted as a BBC drama by A24.

The book centers on a mother-son relationship in Glasgow, Scotland, where Shuggie’s mother battles alcoholism while dreaming of the glamorous life she should have had. Struggling to fit in, the feminine Shuggie takes care of his ailing mother while struggling to be a “normal” boy.

“A heartbreaking tale of pride, sexuality, addiction and love, ‘Shuggie Bain’ is inspired by Douglas Stuart’s own childhood in Thatcher’s Glasgow and is a powerful portrayal of a working-class family with a very important story to tell,” it reads in the log line.

Stuart will adapt Shuggie Bain himself, with A24 and BBC drama editor-in-chief Gaynor Holmes serving as executive producer. A24 will produce and represent worldwide distribution.

The drama is set to be filmed in Scotland, with further details including the cast to be announced at a later date.

Stuart said: “I am deeply grateful to the BBC and A24 for their belief in Shuggie Bain. I’m thrilled to bring the Bain family to the big screen and have the opportunity to expand my novel and introduce new threads to the story by exploring hardship and struggle, and the compassion, humor and resilience that is inherent in the Scots so central are spirit.”

Holmes added: “Shuggie Bain is an extraordinary novel with all the makings of extraordinary television. It is a real honor to work with the immensely talented Douglas Stuart to bring his vision to the BBC.”

While A24 and BBC have a long history of working together, the series is one of the first co-productions between A24 and BBC to be unveiled since BBC drama director Piers Wenger announced he was moving to A24 earlier this year. BBC film director Rose Garnett was also relocating at the same time.

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