Silverprint Pictures has announced that it has optioned the screen rights to THE LONG CALL, the outstanding first novel in the new Two Rivers crime fiction series from bestselling author Ann Cleeves. The deal was arranged by Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates on behalf of literary agent Sara Menguc.


THE LONG CALL is the third collaboration between Cleeves and Silverprint Pictures, a partnership that has produced Shetland (BBC) and Vera (ITV), two of television’s most popular dramas. Both the television series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the hearts of millions worldwide.

THE LONG CALL, published by Pan Macmillan on 5 September, is set in North Devon, where the author spent her teenage years. Ann introduces us to the reserved and complex Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, and to a wonderfully rich ensemble of characters, in a compelling, skillfully plotted mystery, which vividly evokes the stark beauty of the North Devon coastline, and a community where murder and intrigue bubble just beneath the surface.

Author Ann Cleeves says:
“I’m delighted that the team at Silverprint has optioned THE LONG CALL. The adaptations of Vera and Shetland have captured the essence of my books, while making TV dramas that are hugely successful in their own right.”

Kate Bartlett, Executive Producer, Silverprint says:
“After almost a decade working together, we are thrilled to be continuing our creative partnership with Ann. THE LONG CALL is a rich and deeply engrossing mystery with a whole host of new Cleeves characters led by the inimitable Matthew Venn. Just as the novel feels like a progression of Ann's writing, this feels like the opportunity to create a wholly unique and ambitious event crime drama with another iconic Detective at its heart. We can't wait to get started.”

Vicki Mellor, Publishing Director Fiction at Pan Macmillan says:
“We are thrilled that Ann’s superlative new novel The Long Call has been optioned for television. Ann’s unique ability to evoke landscape and create compelling new characters is never more evident than with this novel as we see a new setting in North Devon and a new lead in the wonderful Matthew Venn. The happy news that Ann’s hugely successful partnership with Silverprint is continuing couldn’t be more welcome or come at a better time. We can’t wait to see how the series evolves onto the screen.’

Silverprint Pictures