The Father of the Police Procedural Comes Home
Reputedly Agatha Christie’s favourite fictional detective, Inspector French was created by Freeman Wills Crofts and appears in more than 20 crime bestselling stories in the interwar years. Crofts was a Belfast railway engineer who became a close friend of both Christies and Dorothy L Sayers during that period, while Raymond Chandler described him as ‘ the soundest builder of them all.’ referring to his exceptional well plotted novels.
We have optioned an exciting original script and the rights to the ‘Inspector French’ series with Brendan Foley. Lead writer Foley says “The backdrop to Inspector French are the great houses and the mean streets of 1920’s and 1930’s Britain. The story will start in 1920’s Ireland when Inspector French is banished from Scotland Yard to post partition Northern Ireland where he tries to introduce modern policing techniques with his own inimitable style to a reluctant force.”