Press Release

Hartswood Films acquires rights to The Sudden Departure of the Frasers

26 Jul 2016

Hartswood Films have acquired the television rights to The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish, published by Michael Joseph in 2015.

The book tells the story of a couple who buy their dream home on a picture-perfect suburban street, before discovering the strange circumstances surrounding the previous owners’ departure.

Hartswood Films’ Head of Development Elaine Cameron is developing the book for TV, alongside a slate of new comedies and dramas.

Author Louise Candlish said: “I’m delighted that Hartswood have optioned The Sudden Departure of the Frasers. Amber Fraser is one of my favourite creations, an anti-heroine who has provoked a strong reaction in readers, and I can’t wait to see her brought to life on screen.”

Hartswood Films was founded in the 1980s by Beryl Vertue, and has an award-winning portfolio of drama, comedy and documentary films, including BBC One’s hit TV show Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.