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Treasure Entertainment to adapt Emily Hourican’s Glorious Guinness Girls for TV

Irish production company Treasure Entertainment has optioned the rights to adapt The Glorious Guinness Girls as a returning TV drama.

Set amid the turmoil of the Irish Civil War and the brittle glamour of 1920s London, The Glorious Guinness Girls is the fifth novel from author Emily Hourican and was published by Hachette in 2020.

Produced by Treasure Entertainment’s Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole, the series will follow the three Guinness sisters, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh, and their companion Fliss.

The toast of London and Dublin society and darlings of the press, the sisters lead charmed existences that are the envy of many. However, Fliss knows better.

Treasure Entertainment’s recent productions include drama series Smother, coproduced with BBC Studios, for RTÉ; John Butler’s feature films Papi Chulo, Handsome Devil and The Stag; Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted Viva; and Bafta-nominated film Good Vibrations.

Hourican said: “I’ve been impressed with the creative work of Treasure Films since seeing I Went Down in 1997. Since then, I have loved so many of their films – Saltwater, The Stag, Handsome Devil, among others – as well as TV including Smother and Finding Joy.

“So when Rebecca O’Flanagan first talked about taking an option on The Glorious Guinness Girls, and bringing it to a TV audience, I was instantly enthusiastic. Since then, we have talked about what the project might look like, and I know that she gets the book, the girls, the era wonderfully – as well as having loads of fresh, exciting ideas.”

O’Flanagan added: “We love Emily’s work and think this is such an exciting exploration of the family behind the international brand. The sisters’ stories are in equal parts glamorous, romantic and tragic. And it’s so relevant today: it mines themes of identity, class, gender and the need for purpose in a fulfilling life, but told through a gripping prism of wit and intrigue.”

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