Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain will become a TV series

Douglas Stuart is adapting his best-selling Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain into a TV series, the BBC has announced.

huggie Bain, Stuart’s debut novel, is set in 1980s Glasgow and is about a young boy growing up amid drug addiction and poverty.

The story, which won the Booker Prize in 2020, was inspired by Stuart’s own childhood in Thatcher-years Glasgow and is described as a powerful depiction of a working-class family.

The book has won numerous awards over the years and was one of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2020 and became an international bestseller, selling in 39 countries.


Shuggie Bain – UK Book Cover Illustration (PA)

Shuggie Bain – UK Book Cover Illustration (PA)

It is adapted for BBC One and iPlayer, produced and distributed internationally by A24.

Douglas Stuart said: “I am deeply grateful to the BBC and A24 for their confidence in Shuggie Bain.

“I am thrilled to bring the Bain family to the screen and have the opportunity to expand on my novel and bring new threads to the story, exploring hardships and struggles as well as compassion, l humor and resilience that are so central to the Scottish Spirit.

Gaynor Holmes, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, said: “Shuggie Bain is an extraordinary novel, with all the makings of extraordinary television.

“It is a real honor to work with the immense talent of Douglas Stuart to bring his vision to the BBC.”

Filming for the TV series is expected to take place in Scotland and more details will be announced in due course.

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