Robert Peston is developing his late wife’s novel for TV

The BBC economics editor is in talks with a production company to turn Siân Busby's final book A Commonplace Killing into a TV drama

Could it be a case of Robert Peston the TV drama writer?


The BBC’s economics editor – who wrote so movingly about the death of his wife Siân Busby in Radio Times in spring 2013 – revealed at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that he is in talks with a production company to turn his wife’s last book, A Commonplace Killing, into a TV drama.

The novel, published posthumously following her death from breast cancer in 2012, is set in London, 1946, and follows the investigation into the murder of Lillian Frobisher, a “respectable wife and mother”.


“Fingers crossed,” said Peston of the ongoing discussions. “These things are never 100% but it’ll be really exciting if it happens. So that’s a very positive thing in my life at the moment.”