HBO has an acclaimed history working with the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). They now add another production to the list entitled SHIBDEN HALL. It is said to be a limited dramatic series comprised of eight episodes and centers on one Anne Lister (pictured) and her quest to save her family home of Shibden Hall in Yorkshire, England. Evidently, Lister kept detailed diaries to which to draw from to bring the story to life. Our source details the plot as follows:
Returning after years of exotic travel and social climbing, Anne determines to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, in Halifax. To do this, she must re-open her coal mines and marry well. But the charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Anne Lister – who walked like a man, dressed head-to-foot in black, and charmed her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. True to her own nature, she plans to marry a woman.
The series is being scribed by writer Sally Wainwright who is behind many a British TV series including Coronation Street, but also Happy Valley for Netflix. It seems she knows her subject as Wainwright also hails from the same Yorkshire area. HBO’s chief programmer, Casey Bloys, said of her – “We are thrilled to partner with the extraordinarily talented Sally Wainwright on this epic story and delve into the exceptionally unique life of Anne Lister. We are also pleased to continue our long and successful relationship with the BBC and look forward to our partnership with Faith Penhale and the team at Lookout Point.”
Lookout Point is the producing arm of the BBC working in joint with HBO to get the series before us. It will join previous collaborations that generated such works as the acclaimed series ROME, limited series THE CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling and PARADE’S END with Benedict Cumberbatch. It is not confirmed at what stage of development this project is in or whether it will be filmed on location, though exterior footage is likely. We will add to the list of projects to watch for.