Monumental Television, the esteemed production company renowned for critically acclaimed series such as Ghosts, Maryland, and Harlots, has secured the rights to The Three Graces, the latest work by British novelist and short-story writer Amanda Craig.

The development phase for an adaptation of this novel is set to commence shortly. The storyline revolves around three diverse friends – Ruth, Diana, and Marta – who have chosen to spend their retirement in the idyllic setting of Tuscany. However, their tranquil existence is disrupted when their neighbor, Enzo, shoots an illegal migrant from his bedroom one night. This event sets off a chain of occurrences entangling individuals of varying ages, economic statuses, and nationalities. Over a two-week period, the characters confront challenging decisions, grappling not only with immediate dangers but also with their own pasts. They come to the realization that the complexities of modern life make it increasingly difficult to believe in the commonalities that unite us, overshadowed by what keeps us apart.

Alison Owen, Monumental co-founder, said: “Screen rights to The Three Graces were highly sought after so I am delighted that we have been entrusted with bringing this brilliant story to television audiences. We have been fans of Amanda’s work for a long time, and this feels like the perfect novel for us to collaborate on.”

Amanda Craig said: “I am thrilled that the great Alison Owen, whose female-centred dramas I have loved and admired ever since she filmed Tamara Drewe and Jane Eyre, and whose recent TV shows like Harlots and Ghosts I absolutely devoured, has chosen to adapt The Three Graces. With her knowledge of both the dark and the light sides of Tuscany, her sense of humour and intelligent sympathy for the human condition, she is the perfect person to bring my three 80+ year old heroines to a wider audience.”

The deal for The Three Graces was negotiated by Anna Weguelin on behalf of Cathryn Summerhayes at the Curtis Brown Group.

Monumental Television’s impressive portfolio includes three seasons of Hulu’s Harlots, featuring Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Liv Tyler. They’ve also produced crime series Murder in Provence, family drama Maryland for ITV, and Mrs Sidhu Investigates for Acorn. Notably, the fifth series of the BAFTA-nominated Ghosts recently premiered on BBC One, with the US version ranking as the highest-rated comedy this year.

Future projects for Monumental Television include The Marlow Murder Club for UKTV’s Drama channel and PBS Masterpiece, along with Sanctuary: A Witch’s Tale, a new series about modern-day witches by Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield, set to air on AMC.

Monumental Television operates as part of ITV Studios.