HiddenLight, the global studio co-founded by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Sam Branson, has acquired the film and TV rights to the Maisie Dobbs books as its inaugural fiction option.

Written by Jacqueline Winspear, the series comprises 16 books. The option was announced at the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention as part of Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton’s keynote session.

The first book, titled Maisie Dobbs, was published in 2003. Since then, the series has sold millions of copies worldwide and been translated into multiple languages.

Roma Khanna, Executive Chair, HiddenLight and lead for the company’s scripted output, (pictured) says: “The Maisie Dobbs series focuses on a female sleuth living in extraordinary times. As the world experiences the deep and complicated impacts of global events beginning with World War I, Maisie Dobbs touches on themes of the past that echo forward to a new relevance today.”

Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, begins her working life at the age of 13 as a servant in a Belgravia mansion, only to be discovered reading in the library by her employer. After serving as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse during World War I, she returns to London to work with her mentor, the accomplished forensic psychologist Dr Maurice Blanche. When Blanche retires, Dobbs takes over his private investigation business.

From World War I to the Spanish Civil War and through to World War II – the series takes Maisie on a series of compelling investigations which, at the same time, chart a rapidly changing society.



Jon Creamer

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