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2 September 2012

ITV commissions drama The Ice Cream Girls from Left Bank Pictures

Did it never cross your mind – not even once – that maybe I didn’t do it? That when I told that Judge I was innocent, I was telling the truth…

An international best selling novel, The Ice Cream Girls, is to be adapted as a television drama for ITV by Left Bank Pictures.

Lorraine Burroughs (DCI Banks, Lip Service, Spooks) and Jodhi May (The Scapegoat, The Jury, Strike Back) will play the lead roles of Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle.

The story follows two vulnerable teenage girls, who in the summer of 1995 are accused of murdering their schoolteacher. For seventeen years, the two girls are forced to go their separate ways and lead very different lives. But now in 2013, they are forced to confront each other and their dark, shared history.

The premise of the story caused quite a stir in the literary world when first published in 2010 by writer Dorothy Koomson. Readers were gripped by the tangled web of deceit woven throughout the book as neither girl realised the devastating consequences of their actions.

While the drama plays out in the present, the events of that fateful summer unfold in flashback sequences. Had it not been for Serena’s teacher, Marcus, (played by Martin Compston), the two girls from very different backgrounds, might never have met.

With a lawyer for a mother (Rachel, played by Dona Croll), Serena appears to be from the right side of the tracks; pretty and popular with a bright future. Poppy, on the other hand, has never had the opportunities Serena takes for granted, and struggles through life with a disapproving stepfather who doesn’t want her around.

Fast-forward to modern day. Serena is now married to GP Evan and they have their own 15-year-old daughter Vee. They are back in the same seaside town for the first time, as they care for Serena’s dying mother.

Poppy is living in quite different circumstances. Having served seventeen years for a crime she still insists she didn’t commit, she has only one thing on her mind… the truth. And if she didn’t kill Marcus, then who did?

Acclaimed television writer Kate Brooke (The Making of a Lady, Case Sensitive, Secret Smile) has adapted the three part drama series which goes into production at the end of August 2012 in Dublin.

Set in a seaside town with brightly coloured beach huts, ‘hook a duck’ and candy floss, the title of the drama The Ice Cream Girls, belies the dark and violent relationship that led to that fateful night, and the truth behind the event which has comes to haunt Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe’s every waking moment.

The Ice Cream Girls will be produced for Left Bank Pictures by Lucy Dyke (Zen, Married, Single, Other, Omagh – Script Editor) and executive produced by Andy Harries (DCI Banks, Mad Dogs, Wallander), who is Chief Executive and founding partner of Left Bank Pictures and Charles Elton (DCI Banks, Northanger Abbey, Secret Smile). Dan Zeff (Hattie, Lost in Austen, Case Histories) will direct the drama.

LD Quote: "We are very excited to be in production on Kate Brooke’s captivating scripts, based on Dorothy Koomson’s bestselling novel. We have a stellar cast in place, led by two strong women, and look forward to bringing this powerful emotional thriller to the screen for ITV1".

The drama has been commissioned for ITV by Drama commissioning team Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

"The quality of Kate Brooke's scripts has attracted a fantastic cast and we're delighted to be working on such a gripping contemporary thriller with Left Bank Pictures," said Laura.

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