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STV Productions develops Rob Roy drama with FremantleMedia

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STV Productions and FremantleMedia today announced plans to jointly develop a new action-adventure drama series centred on the iconic Scottish figure, Rob Roy.

Stylised and humorous, the series will rewrite Scottish history with the energy and feel of a comic book brought to life.

Set in a Scotland populated with mythical creatures and under the tyrannical rule of a cruel English King George, the story takes the historical truth of Robert Roy MacGregor’s story and gives it a contemporary twist. The adventure series takes Rob Roy and his companions on a complex and dangerous quest to find the true king of Scotland and bring peace back to his native land.

STV Productions Head of Drama, Margaret Enefer, and FremantleMedia’s Director of Global Drama, Sarah Doole, have jointly commissioned a script from writer Caleb Ranson (Young James Herriot, Child of Mine).

Alan Clements, director of content at STV Productions, said: “Rob Roy is one of the most iconic characters in Scottish history and this fantasy adventure series will bring a mythical and contemporary edge to the story. We are very excited to work with FremantleMedia to bring to life Caleb Ranson’s compelling script.”

Sarah Doole, Director of Global Drama at FremantleMedia added: “Caleb’s treatment of this iconic Scottish story gives it an exciting new twist: combining action heroes and fantastical creatures with a wonderful steampunk overlay that will capture the imagination and attention of every member of the family. I can’t wait to see the script come to life and look forward to pitching the show to international broadcasters.”

The project will be co-funded by Creative Scotland’s development fund. FremantleMedia will distribute the series internationally.

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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv