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Kate On Screen

This section of the website features information on TV or film adaptations of Kate's work, as well as Kate's own television appearances.

In 2011, the BBC adapted Kate's first three novels featuring Jackson Brodie into a TV series called Case Histories, which starred Jason Isaacs in the lead role. A second series followed two years later, which saw Kate's fourth Jackson Brodie novel (Started Early, Took My Dog), adapted for the first episode.. 

In 2014, Kate appeared in an hour-long South Bank Show special, being interviewed by about her life and writing career. See below to watch this episode on demand.

Also in 2014, it was revealed that a big screen adaptation of Kate's bestselling novel, Life After Life, would be made by Lionsgate. Details of this and any other screen-related news will appear here in due course.

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Kate Atkinson South Bank Show

In February 2014, Sky Arts broadcast a 45-minute long Kate Atkinson South Bank Show special, which featured Kate being interviewed on her life and career by Melvyn Bragg.

In an eye-opening and candid conversation, Kate revealed her influences and inspirations, shedding light on the roots of the sharp wit, engaging characters and clever plot twists that have become synonymous with her work over the years.

A snippet of the episode, showing Kate decribing what drives her writing can be seen in the video section below.

The entire episode is available to view via Sky Go to anyone with a current Sky subscription.

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Life After Life set for the big screen

The production company Lionsgate has acquired the rights to adapt Kate Atkinson’s latest novel Life After Life for the big screen.

The script will be written by Semi Chellas and Esta Spalding, who have written for Mad Men and the US adaptation of the Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge respectively.

In recent years, Lionsgate has achieved huge success by adapting the Twilight novels and The Hunger Games, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Further details about the film will be posted here as soon as they are announced.

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Jackson Brodie

Jackson Brodie is a private investigator, originally from Yorkshire. A former soldier and policeman he now makes his money working from investigating infidelity and finding missing cats. Jackson's tough-guy exterior belies a deeply empathetic heart. He's unable to resist coming to the rescue and increasingly he becomes a magnet for the bereaved, the lost and the dysfunctional. His ability to connect comes from his own tragic childhood that still haunts him.

To date, he has starred in four novels by Kate Atkinson:

Case Histories

One Good Turn

When Will There Be Good News?

Started Early, Took My Dog

He has also appeared in a BBC TV adaptation, titled Case Histories, which has run for two series.

Visit the Jackson Brodie section.

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