Killing Eve and The Durrells maker, Sid Gentle Films, has acquired the rights to develop Cash Carraway’s Skint Estate for TV and has lined up a lead writer for previously announced Taking Up Space. Both projects are in formal development with British broadcasters.

Skint Estate is billed as a “darkly funny, searingly political”, debut memoir, a “scream against austerity that rises full of rage in a landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges and peepshows.” With working title, Shit Show, the series is in formal development with ther BBC and Cash Carraway will adapt all episodes. BBC Studios will distribute.

Last year Sid Gentle Films announced they had won the dramatic TV rights to Taking Up Space and have now announced that Cherish Shirley will be the lead writer. The series is also in active development with a British broadcaster to be announced at a later date. BBC Studios will distribute.

Cherish is a screenwriter and producer. She set up and joined the writers’ room for Netflix’s TURN UP CHARLIE produced by Idris Elba’s company, Green Door, and worked as the writer’s assistant and storyliner on ITV sitcom VICIOUS starring Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Derek Jacobi. She has original series in development with production companies Sugar Films and Mermade and is working on a project on race and identity for a UK broadcaster. Cherish has worked in scripted development at Big Talk and Film4.

Jon Creamer

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