BBC legal drama Silk to be remade in the US

Series creator Peter Moffat will help adapt the series for the ABC network

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Peter Moffat’s British legal drama Silk is to be remade in America by the ABC network, it has been revealed.

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Running from 2011-2014 and starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, the Bafta-nominated BBC drama revolved around the lives of barristers at Shoe Lane chambers, and the lengths they went to to attain the rank of Queen’s Counsel (QC) – aka “taking silk”.

Creator Peter Moffat will team up with Marty Scott (Drop Dead Diva) to adapt the legal drama for American audiences, with Scott writing the script and executive producing alongside Moffat, BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC Studios, reveals Hollywood Reporter.

Silk ran for three series on BBC One in the UK, but in news broken by RadioTimes.com it came to a surprise conclusion earlier this year.

Writer Peter Moffat told us at the time: “It has been a complete joy to work with a group of actors as good as this and with a lead actress who I consider to be the best there is.”

“The main characters in Silk all have personal and professional stories which are coming to a natural conclusion at the end of this current series – it would be dishonest as a writer, and unfair to the integrity of the show and everyone involved in it, to prolong the series beyond what I hope is a powerful and compelling denouement.” 

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Notably, Silk isn’t the only crime drama by Moffat currently getting an American facelift – his series Criminal Justice (which starred Ben Whishaw and Maxine Peake in its UK series) is being remade by HBO.