Kate Thompson’s Second World War factory drama has been optioned for a multi-part, returnable television series. BAFTA and Emmy award-winning MD of Bandit Phillippa Giles & producer Pat Tookey-Dickson acquired television rights from James Carroll at Diane Banks Associates. It is not yet known if a broadcaster is attached to the project.
Secrets of the Singer Girls chronicles the adventures of a group of machinists. In 1942, 16-year-old Poppy Percival turns up at the gates of Trout’s Garment Factory in Bethnal Green with no idea what her new life might have in store.
Giles from Bandit said: “Singer Girls presents a real and raw version of how life really was beyond the city walls, built around relationships, secrets, strong families and memorable characters. Factory workers in crossover aprons and button-down boots were the beating heart of the East End. This is the real war, as experienced by a tribe of working-class women in the slums, teeming tenements and sweatshops of East London.”