Paul French

The successful book “Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
by the author Paul French will be turned into a TV drama, according to Forbes.


Penguin Books, the publisher of Shanghai-based author Paul French’s hit book “Midnight In Peking,” announced today that television serial rights have been sold to Kudos Television of London.

“Midnight in Peking,” released in Asia last year, tells the story of British teenager Pamela Werner’s brutal murder in Beijing in 1937, and French’s efforts to solve the case. (Click here for an article about the book.)

Interest in the television mini-series will be piqued by the untimely death of 41-year-old British businessman Neil Heywood in China last November.  Recent reports in state Chinese media suggest the death may be linked to the family of Bo Xilai,  one of China’s most powerful politicians until he lost his Communist Party posts this month in one of the world’s scandals to rock China’s government in decades. (See related article here.)

More in Forbes.

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