The DI Andy Horton crime series by Hampshire author Pauline Rowson has been optioned by one of the UK’s leading television production companies, Lime Pictures who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to life on screen. The series of currently eleven novels is set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England.
Rebecca Hodgson, Head of Drama for Lime Pictures, says, ‘DI Andy Horton is a returning detective who can cut through the competition. His character is fascinatingly knotty, with his difficult childhood, troubled marriage and chequered career, and a detective who lives on a small boat and rides a motorbike is a fresh reboot of the TV detectives that we already know. We are confident that the intriguing partnership of Horton and Cantelli will attract a fantastic cast.”
Published by Severn House, Pauline Rowson’s DI Andy Horton crime novels have been hailed in the UK and the USA as “exemplary police procedurals”, “cleverly plotted”, “complex and multi-layered.” Her novels have also been translated into several languages. She lives on Hayling Island and was long listed for the Dagger in the Library Award and her thriller, In Cold Daylight was voted the third most popular novel for World Book Day 2008.
With a production base in Liverpool, Lime Pictures is the biggest independent production company outside of London and produces multiplatform content for global audiences. Lime is the home of the UK’s most talked about television – from cutting-edge formats to multi award winning, long-running drama. With a stable of quality writers and exciting directing talent, Lime has gained a reputation as a first class production house. The company works with big talent to deliver distinctive, ground-breaking projects.
Rebecca Hodgson, for Lime Pictures adds, “The unique angle of each DI Horton mystery being connected to the sea can truly set this series apart, making it look and feel totally distinctive from existing urban police procedurals or rural detective shows. The sailing element can make the series into a visual treat and the setting of historic Portsmouth, Hayling Island, and the Isle of Wight brings a landscape to screen that is rarely seen in drama and also reaches an underserved audience.’
Ends February 2015