February 2, 2023

The London-headquartered TV Production Company announces it has been commissioned to adapt the bestselling novel The Doll Factory for Paramount Plus.

The bestselling novel ‘The Doll Factory’ is coming to a TV screen near you soon. Buccaneer Media, a London-headquartered production company has been commissioned by Paramount Plus to adapt the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal. The historical thriller has been highly praised ever since it was first published back in 2019. The adaptation will join the lineup of Paramount Originals in the United Kingdom and Ireland while Cineflix will distribute the adaptation internationally. Also on board are the public broadcasters SBS in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand.



Buccaneer Media, the London-headquartered TV production company behind returning scripted series’ ‘Marcella’ (ITV/ Netflix), ‘Crime’ (Britbox/ ITVX), ‘Whitstable Pearl’ (Acorn), and new commissions ‘The Burning Girls’ (Paramount+) and ‘So Long, Marianne’ (NRK) today announces the commission by Paramount+ to produce an adaptation of Sunday Times bestselling novel ‘The Doll Factory’. ‘The Doll Factory’ will join the line-up of Paramount+ Originals available on the streaming service for audiences in the UK and Ireland. The drama series was ordered for Paramount+ by Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, at Paramount. Public broadcasters SBS in Australia and New Zealand’s TVNZ have also boarded the 6 x 60’ historical thriller, adapted from ​​Elizabeth Macneal’s debut novel, along with Cineflix which will distribute internationally.


Rising British screenwriter Charley Miles will adapt ‘The Doll Factory’ for the screen. Sacha Polak (‘Hanna’, ‘Dirty God’) is on board as Director, Suzanne McAuley (‘Magpie Murders’, ‘Maigret’) is Producer and Julie Harkin (‘I May Destroy You’, ‘Becoming Elizabeth’) is Casting Director.

The Doll Factory


Set in London, in 1850, The Doll Factory tells the story of Iris, who paints dolls for a living alongside her twin sister, Rose. Iris dreams of becoming an artist. By night, she secretly paints herself naked. Silas is a taxidermist who owns a shop filled with his creations. He dreams of one day finding an item so unique he will be catapulted to fame. Louis is a painter and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, searching for his next muse. When Iris meets Silas, and then Louis, she is offered an opportunity to escape and start a new life. To do so, she must abandon her sister, sacrifice her reputation, and launch herself into the unknown. But as Iris’ world expands, a story of dark obsession begins to unfold…


“The Doll Factory combines intrigue with universal themes of passion and obsession to tell a compelling story that will resonate with our Paramount+ audience. We are delighted to work with Buccaneer Media as we continue to build our offering of Paramount+ Originals with UK storytelling talent”, said Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, at Paramount. The combination of debut author Elizabeth Macneal with first-time screenwriter Charley Miles is what this company is all about: emergent talent who will take the world by storm. To have SBS and TVNZ join Paramount+ at such an early stage is a testament to the incredible writing of Charley. Cineflix also saw the potential of this very early on and after their success with our previous two shows we’re very happy to have them as distribution partners as well” said Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart.

The Doll Factory
Author Elizabeth Macneal


“It is the most surreal and wonderful thing to have my novel turned into a TV series. When I wrote the book, I felt I knew each character intimately – and what a treat it will be to see them fully brought to life, from Iris’s fire and zest to be a painter, to the taxidermist Silas’s hunger to have his name recognized. I always said I wanted to work with a screenwriter who was able to reimagine my novel in a new way for a new audience, and I am stunned by the wonder that is Charley Miles’s script. It has been an honor, too, to work with Anna, Tony, and Richard at Buccaneer, who have shown such passion, kindness, and commitment. We have an extremely exciting year ahead!” said Elizabeth Macneal.

“I was completely transfixed by Elizabeth’s deliciously dark world from page one. Adapting her novel has been nothing short of an honor and a delight. Iris is a brilliant slap in the face to anyone who expects conformity out of her. I’m so excited to be telling her story alongside such wonderful and generous creatives, and with Paramount+ who have been supportive of Iris in all her unconventionality from the get-go!” said Charley Miles. Executive Producers are Tony Wood, Anna Burns, and Richard Tulk-Hart for Buccaneer, Charley Miles, and Elizabeth Macneal.

Author Elizabeth Macneal At Work On Her Next Novel


The Doll Factory is the latest UK drama commission for Paramount+; it joins a growing slate from the UK production community which includes A Gentleman in Moscow, Sexy Beast, The Blue, The Ex-Wife, The Burning Girls, and Flatshare. ‘The Doll Factory’ was a #1 bestseller in the Times and #2 bestseller in The Sunday Times in hardback and praised by the Sunday Times as ‘a remarkable example of historical fiction’. It has been translated into 30 languages. Elizabeth Macneal is represented by Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Buccaneer recently announced it is developing two Irvine Welsh novels for TV, ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’ and ‘The Blade Artist’. Robert Carlyle (‘Trainspotting’, ‘T2: Trainspotting’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘The World Is Not Enough’) will reprise his role as Frank Begbie in ‘The Blade Artist’, an adaptation of the novel that picks up twenty years after the events of ‘Trainspotting’. The company is also in development of ‘In Memoriam’ an original drama series written by Charley Miles. The series is a co-production with Participant Media. Buccaneer Media is a partnership with Canada’s Cineflix Media.

The Doll Factory

The Doll Factory‘ will become available to watch around the world sometime in the future. Keep checking back here at The Future Of The Force for the latest news on this exciting story!

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