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Catton's The Luminaries on BBC Two

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/08/2016

Eleanor Catton pictured after winning the 2013 Booker Prize. © Matt Crossick/Press Association Eleanor Catton pictured after winning the 2013 Booker Prize. New Zealand's Eleanor Catton is adapting her Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries as a television series for BBC Two.

The six hour-long episodes will be produced by Working Title Television, the BBC reports.

Filming will begin in 2017 in New Zealand.

Catton's novel about ghosts, history, and the mysterious ways fates are linked is set in New Zealand's 19th-century goldrush. It won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

There was speculation earlier this week that the television project would be announced by a BBC executive at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on Friday.

"Eleanor Catton's is a major new voice for screen and we are proud to be making her first ever work for TV - an enthralling drama with a revelatory historical setting, in a landscape as unique and dazzling as her characters", said Lucy Richer, the BBC's acting controller of drama commissioning.

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