Iain Banks’ Novel ‘Stonemouth’ to be Dramatised by the BBC
Acclaimed author Iain Banks’ novel Stonemouth is to be dramatised by BBC Scotland and Slate North for UK audiences.
It will be the first TV adaptation of Banks’ work since his death in 2013.
The two-part drama is a rite of passage tale set in the fictional Aberdeenshire village of Stonemouth.
Christopher Aird, BBC Scotland’s Head of Drama, said: “Iain Banks was such an important writer, I am thrilled we are bringing Stonemouth to the screen.”
The 60-minute episodes are being produced for both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two.
Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up.
An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with it’s five mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than seafog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. And although there’s supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town’s biggest crime family, it’s soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long Stu steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, uncovering ever darker stories. Soon his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated.