Expectation has optioned comedian Njambi McGrath’s book Through the Leopard’s Gaze (Jacaranda), with the rights acquired from Emily Sweet of Emily Sweet Associates.

Through the Leopard’s Gaze is billed as a “raw, powerful memoir that traces the author’s journey from her erratic and disturbing upbringing in Kenya to her outwardly settled London life.  It is also a searing examination of the brutality of colonialism and its devastating long-term effects on the psyche of a nation and its individuals.”

Under Creative Director, Nerys Evans, the option is the latest scripted project to be announced, and follows Expectation’s production, In My Skin by writer, Kayleigh Llewelyn, Guilt by Neil Forsyth and Alma’s Not Normal by Sophie Willan.

Charlie Leech, producer at Expectation, said: “I was deeply moved, on so many levels, reading Through the Leopard’s Gaze and am now delighted to be in development with Njambi and hopefully bringing her amazing and heartfelt book to a wider television audience.”

Njambi McGrath said: “I am very excited, humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be working with Expectation. From our earliest conversations, their vision and enthusiasm for retelling my story was apparent, and I really look forward to bringing this project to life.”

Jon Creamer