Miss Austen optioned for TV by Baby Cow Productions

Posted on 24/01/2020

We are delighted to announce that Steve Coogan’s production company Baby Cow has optioned Gill Hornby’s Miss Austen for a long-form TV drama.

“Gill has brought such wit, ingenuity and heartbreaking tenderness to this literary mystery, turning it into a terrifically compelling and relevant novel,” said Baby Cow CEO Christine Langan. “Not only does she effortlessly capture Austen’s unique and irresistible tone but, in Cassandra, she may have delivered us the ultimate Austen heroine.”

Gill herself added: “I am delighted that Miss Austen is going to the brilliant team at Baby Cow, and excited to work with them as Cassandra moves from the page to the screen.”

Founded in 1999 by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, Baby Cow made its name with a number of highly successful TV comedies, including Alan Partridge, The Mighty Boosh, and Gavin and Stacey.  Moving into film with the Judi Dench-led Philomena, the company has recently acquired the rights to the Zadie Smith novel Swing Time.