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Brooklyn TV spin-off being developed by BBC


Story by Jack Foley

A TV spin-off based on the Oscar-nominated period drama Brooklyn is being developed by the BBC.

According to Screen, the series will see Julie Walters reprising her role as the matronly manager of a boarding house for young Irish women newly arrived in 1950s New York.

John Crowley’s critically-acclaimed film stars Saoirse Ronan as a young emigrant from south-east Ireland who must choose between futures on opposite sides of the Atlantic with two very different potential partners.

It has seen Ronan shortlisted as best actress at this month’s Oscars and BAFTAs for her performance.

The TV version would focus on the same group of young women that were seen living at the boarding house run by traditionalist yet kind-hearted manager Madge Keogh (Walters).

However, it is unlikely at this stage that Ronan will reprise her role.

Brooklyn producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey are developing the project with the blessing of Colm Tóibín, author of the novel, which was adapted by screenwriter Nick Hornby for cinema.

Dwyer told Screen: “I suggested the idea to Colm quite early on, before there was even a first draft for the film. We’re talking to writers now and have a couple in our sights.”

In addition to Ronan’s awards recognition, Walters received a best supporting actress BAFTA nomination for her turn as Mrs Keogh.

The TV series is expected to begin moving forward once Brooklyn has finished its run in cinemas.

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