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TV Adaptation Of Picnic At Hanging Rock Due In 2018

The BBC will take British viewers on a Picnic at Hanging Rock next year after scooping exclusive UK rights to the hotly anticipated TV adaptation of the classic Australian movie and novel.

The show was produced in Australia for pay-TV platform Foxtel and its Showcase channel, which will launch it Down Under. Amazon has it for the US and the BBC will air it in Britain, although the broadcaster has yet to make a call on whether it should play on its BBC One or BBC Two channel.

Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games star Natalie Dormer leads the cast of the six-part TV adaptation, which follows the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls after a Valentine's Day picnic and the subsequent investigation and impact on the community.

Dormer plays Hester Appleyard, the school's prim English headmistress. The tale is fictional but plays as if it could have been based on a true story.

Set in 1900, the novel was written by Joan Lindsay in the 1960s and has become one of Australia's best-known literary works. Peter Weir's 1975 movie version was also well-received.

The BBC deal marks another significant pre-sell for the series. It is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and distributed by FremantleMedia International, which sold it to Amazon for the US and to pay-TV heavyweight Canal+ in France. Foxtel has yet to confirm a launch date for the series in Australia.

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