The four-part ITV series Holding is based on the novel of the same name, written by host Graham Norton
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Graham Norton is delighted that his “cozy crime” novel Holding has been adapted into a TV series, although he admits he doesn’t want to adapt it.
The presenter, 58, released a 2016 bestseller, with the novel now being turned into a four-part comedy – which will air on ITV later this month.
The author is said to have been delighted when former EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins, 44, approached and asked if he could retell the story.
Speaking of this, Graham commented recently: “I’ve been very clear that I don’t want to adapt it myself. I’ve had my time with those characters, it’s time to deliver them.”
The talk show host added: “I love seeing the direction they’ve gone.” And he said that he wrote this novel “a long time ago” so he doesn’t remember the names of the characters.
The project – directed by comedian and actor Kathy Burke, 57 – is set in West Cork, Ireland, and revolves around the discovery of a body in a small community.
The cast is led by 57-year-old Conleth Hill – known for playing Varys on Game of Thrones – who plays local police sergeant PJ Collins in Holding’s upcoming film adaptation.
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The character is described as a “gentle man” who “fills his day with comfort food and half-baked police work.”
He finds he has to solve a serious crime for the first time when a body is discovered, with the assistance of PJ by young detective Linus, played by newcomer Clinton Liberty.
The new series also stars Derry Girls’ 42-year-old Siobhan McSweeney as the repressed alcoholic Brid, who is about to marry the man who died before he went missing 20 years earlier.
Other cast members include Pauline McGlynn – known for her role as Father Ted – who plays busy Eileen.
The synopsis for the opening episode reads: “When human remains are found in a peaceful village in Ireland, Sergeant PJ Collins finally has a real crime to solve.”
It teased: “As gruesome discovery spreads through the community, it risks exposing a life-long secret.”
Holding will be broadcast on ITV later this month.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/graham-norton-admits-didnt-want-26409175 Graham Norton admits he doesn't want to adapt the novel Holding into an ITV show