Campbeltown author brings his home town to the small screen

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The work of best-selling Campbeltown author, Denzil Meyrick is coming to television screens as eight new one-hour dramas.

More than a million copies of Denzil’s DCI Daley novels have sold worldwide and now the rights to the books have been secured to adapt and produce the series for television.

‘The intention is to film in Kintyre,’ Denzil told the Courier. ‘That’s one of the things I’m most happy about the project.

‘Every single day people from throughout the world get in touch with me to say they want to visit the area.

‘Hopefully these dramas will add to this and raise the profile of Campbeltown and beyond.

‘It’s been great to see the improvements to the town, but there’s been a lot of heartbreak over the years and things haven’t been easy.’

The series will be written and directed by leading Scottish playwright and screenwriter Anthony Neilson, most recently acclaimed for his work directing I Hate Suzie.

Anthony said: ‘I am privileged to be adapting Denzil Meyrick’s rich and atmospheric DCI Daley books for the screen.

‘These stories are much more than typical whodunnits and the whole team is committed to delivering a complex, compelling, and accessible series that will stand comparison with the best adult dramas from Europe and the US.’

The series is set to star BAFTA-award-winning actor Rory McCann, who viewers will recognise from Game of Thrones.

Happy to have his protagonist DCI Jim Daley in such safe hands, Denzil is also confident about another of his favourite characters.

‘Kintyre, with its extraordinary geography and weather, is one of the biggest characters in the books and I’m really looking forward to seeing it come to life on screen,’ he said.

‘For a writer, it’s been a privilege to showcase the beautiful Kintyre peninsula.

‘Seeing people so invested in this setting, the quirky, authentic, and much-loved cast of characters, must be the goal of anyone putting pen to paper. I’m sure that the television production will take this to the next level.’

The series, based on the DCI Daley novels published by Polygon, will be executive produced by Denzil as well as Phil Gilbert and Michael Hallett.