Susan Hill’s Ghost Story a Ratings Hit for Channel 5

Feature drama ‘Susan Hill’s Ghost Story’ (‘The Small Hand’) debuted in the busy Christmas period on Boxing Day at 9m, garnering nearly 1m viewers on the night and 1.71m in seven day consolidated (source: BARB, overnights.tv).

The piece struck a chord with critics:

“This quiet feature-length adaptation… has an admirable commitment to its slow-burn mood and gradually intensifying sense of mystery.” – THE TIMES

“successfully spine-tingling production…the mood is pleasingly sickening and the conclusion satisfactorily horrific.” – SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

“Barbara Machin has done a good job adapting Susan Hill’s thrilling ghostly tale…Douglas Henshall is excellent as Adam. – TV TIMES

“This adaptation delivered the frights we long for at Christmas. It was filled with more shivers than the Beeb’s effort on Christmas Eve.” – DAILY MAIL

“Whether or not you believe in ghosts this one-off drama based on Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” – THE I

This project mark’s Awesome’s first produced scripted drama since pivoting  from a rights-holder to an active indie prodco, and it is emblematic of the Awesome’s creative strategy to adapt well-loved books for the screen.

It was co-produced by Glasgow based Two Rivers Media, in association with Screen Scotland.

AWESOME & Two Rivers Media to Present ‘THE SMALL HAND’ at C21 Content London

SUSAN HILL’S THE SMALL HAND: A GHOST STORY to be featured as a “Hot Property” at C21 Content London

London, UK– At Content London, the world’s most important drama summit, Kew Media Group backed companies Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. and Two Rivers Media will present their new feature drama, ‘Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story’ to the international drama community.

Executive Producers Jeff Norton and Alan Clements will showcase the project on 4th December, 2019 at 3 pm in Hall 2 at Kings Place.

The feature drama was commissioned by Viacom’s Channel 5 in the UK. Kew Media Distribution is handling international rights. The project features Douglass Henshall in the lead role of Adam Snow. It was written by Barbara Machin, produced by Jane Steventon, and directed by Justin Molotnikov.

The project is a co-production between Awesome and Two Rivers Media in association with Screen Scotland.

Cast Announced for adaptation of Susan Hill’s THE SMALL HAND

Douglas Henshall, Neve McIntosh and Louise Lombard to lead stellar cast in the feature drama adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Storyfor Channel 5

Justin Molotnikov directs the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since 2012’s blockbuster feature film The Woman In Black

10thSeptember, 2019

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND 9THSeptember, 2019 – Production companies Awesome Media & Entertainment and Two Rivers Mediaannounced start of production in Glasgow on the adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand: A Ghost Story. 

Douglas Henshall(Shetland, Outlander) stars as Adam Snow, an antique book dealer who finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy. As Adam investigates the strange occurrences, he suffers nightmares as he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the ghost, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his own childhood.

Justin Molotnikov, whose credits include: Doctor Whofor the BBC One; Stan Lee’s Lucky Manfor Sky; and Merlin and Atlantis, both BBC One, directs from a script by BAFTA winner Barbara Machin, who is best known as the creator of WakingThe Dead(BBC One).

Douglas Henshall says: “I’m absolutely delighted to join the cast of The Small Hand.  Barbara Machin has written a brilliant script based on Susan Hill’s haunting, seminal novel.  The combination of filming in my hometown of Glasgow and the strength of the material make this project a true highlight.”

This is the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since her iconic ghost story, The Woman In Black, was adapted into a blockbuster feature film in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe. The stage adaption of that title continues to run in the West End.

Jeff Norton, Founder of Awesome Media & Entertainment says: “At Awesome, we focus on bringing brilliant books to the screen with best-in-class partners. This incredible cast showcases the strength of pairing great literature with strong screenwriting. It’s an honour to bring this gripping story to the screen.”

Alan Clements, Managing Director of Two Rivers Mediasays “I couldn’t be prouder to start production in Glasgow with hometown star Douglas Henshall under the direction of incredible Scottish director Justin Molotnikov. This project demonstrates the strength of talent we have in Scotland and Two Rivers Media is perfectly placed to bring this talent to the world.”

Sebastian Cardwell, Commissioning Editor for Channel 5, says: “Take Susan Hill’s novel, Barbara Machin’s script and a talented UK cast and you have all the ingredients for a terrific ghost story.”

Commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell, Susan Hill’sThe Small Hand:(w/t, 1x 120’) is a co-production between Alan Clements’ new Glasgow-based indie Two Rivers Mediaand Jeff Norton’s IP and production company Awesome Media & Entertainment, both backed by Kew Media Group, and receives major support from Screen Scotland. Kew Media Distributionis handling worldwide sales and will showcase the project at MIPCOM in Cannes in October under the title Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story.

Filming commences today in Glasgow.