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Douglas Stuart to adapt his debut novel Shuggie Bain into a BBC One drama

The series will be produced by A24.

Set during the 1980s, Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of a mother-son relationship in working-class Glasgow and will be adapted from his own debut novel, by Douglas Stuart.

Shuggie’s mother Agnes, a luminous, glamourous star she has always believed herself to be, dreams of a house with its own front door, ordering a little happiness on credit. Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits, all the family has to live on.

To Shuggie, an effeminate boy who struggles to fit in, Agnes is his guiding light. He cares for her as she battles with alcoholism while he struggles to become the normal boy he desperately longs to be.

A heartbreaking story of pride, sexuality, addiction, and love, Shuggie Bain is inspired by Douglas Stuart’s own childhood in Thatcher-years Glasgow and is a powerful portrayal of a working-class family with a very important story to tell.

Speaking about the upcoming drama, Douglas Stuart said "I am deeply grateful to the BBC and A24 for their belief in Shuggie Bain. I’m thrilled to bring the Bain family to the screen and the opportunity to expand on my novel and to bring new threads to the story, exploring hardships and struggles as well as the compassion, humour, and resilience that is so central to the Scottish spirit."

To which the BBC's Drama Commissioning Editor, Gaynor Holmes added "Shuggie Bain is an extraordinary novel, with all the makings of extraordinary television. It’s a real honour to be working with the immensely talented Douglas Stuart to bring his vision to the BBC."

Filming will take place in Scotland and further details will be announced in due course, and the drama will be executive produced by A24 and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

Shuggie Bain will air on BBC One


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