Nick Hornby is the latest film veteran to try his hand at television. The author, who is best known for his books-turned-films Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About a Boy, is writing a five-part drama for BBC1.
Love, Nina will be based on Nina Stibbe’s collection of letters of the same name. The memoir chronicles life at Gloucester Crescent, a street in north London that in the early 80s housed Alan Bennett, biographer Claire Tomalin, opera and theatre director Jonathan Miller, novelist and playwright Michael Frayn, and then editor of the London Review of Books Mary Kay-Wilmers, who hired 20 year-old Stibbe as nanny to her two sons.
Love, Nina merrily recounts the literary happenings of Gloucester Crescent to Stibbe’s sister back home in Leicestershire, and won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2014.
Hornby said: “Love, Nina has already attained the status of a modern classic, and I am so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to adapt it. We want to make a series that is as charming, funny and delightful as Nina Stibbe’s glorious book.”
In 2009, Hornby was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for An Education, which was adapted from journalist Lynn Barber’s memoir of an inadvisable teenage love affair, and starred Carey Mulligan as young Barber.
The author is following in the footsteps of several Hollywood grandees who have recently defected to the small screen. Last month it was announced that Woody Allen is writing and directing a TV series for Amazon, while Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann is planning a musical drama for Netflix.