Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company has acquired the rights to The What of All Flesh!
Benedict Cumberbatch’s production outfit SunnyMarch has pre-empted the TV rights to Ambrose Parry’s upcoming novel, The Way Of All Flesh, I can reveal. The book is the first in a new historical series set in the medical world of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1840s.
Ambrose Parry is the pseudonym for a collaboration between author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Marisa Haetzman. The novel will be published by Canongate as their superlead title in August 2018. SunnyMarch’s Managing Director Adam Ackland and Executive Producer Claire Marshall inked the deal with Charles Walker at United Agents and now plan to adapt the novel into a returning drama series but Cumberbatch is unlikely to star in this one, I understand.
Based on real historical figures, The Way of All Flesh is set in post-Enlightenment Edinburgh in 1847, a city home to brilliant advances in medical science but also great poverty with a truly unsavory, violent side. Medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant professor of midwifery, Dr James Young Simpson. It’s at Simpson’s unusual clinic on Queen Street, where patients range from the richest to the poorest that Raven meets Sarah Fisher, officially housemaid and unofficially clinical assistant to Dr Simpson, determined to improve her station in life. After a string of mysterious deaths in the city, Raven and Sarah are propelled into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.