“Gripping contemporary thriller” The Ice Cream Girls heading to ITV

Adaptation of Dorothy Koomson's best selling novel will star Lorraine Burroughs, Jodhi May and Martin Compston

Chilling international bestseller The Ice Cream Girls is to be adapted for ITV.


British actresses Lorraine Burroughs, star of summer hit Fast Girls and TV drama Spooks, and Jodhi May, of Strike Back and Tipping the Velvet fame, will join Line of Duty actor Martin Compston to play the lead characters in the new, three-part television drama. 

The drama will be based on Dorothy Koomson’s 2010 novel of the same name which follows two teenage girls from very different backgrounds who, in the summer of 1995, are accused of murdering their schoolteacher. Poppy is convicted of the crime while pretty, popular Serena walks away free. 

Fast forward seventeen years and the women find themselves back in the same seaside town for the first time. Serena’s comfortable life as a devoted wife and mother couldn’t be further away from Poppy’s as she emerges from the end of her seventeen year sentence determined to prove her innocence.They are now forced to confront each other and the truth behind their shared history. 

The Ice Cream Girls will be produced for Left Bank Pictures by Lucy Dyke who said of the project: “We are very excited to be in production on Kate Brooke’s captivating scripts, based on Dorothy Koomson’s bestselling novel. We have a stellar cast in place, led by two strong women, and look forward to bringing this powerful emotional thriller to the screen for ITV1.”


Laura Mackie from ITV’s drama commissioning team said: “We are delighted to be working on such a gripping contemporary thriller with Left Bank Pictures.”