Graham Norton admits he doesn’t want to adapt the novel Holding into an ITV show

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.”

Holding’s TV series adaptation starring Conleth Hill as police sergeant PJ Collins



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.

ITV series based on novels by Graham Norton


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Four-part series directed by Kathy Burke


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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.

The cast also includes Siobhan McSweeney, a former member of Derry Girls



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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