John Preston


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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Eleanor Sax

Film, TV & Theatre

John Preston is a former arts editor of the Sunday Telegraph and evening Standard. He is the author of five highly acclaimed novels and a travel book. He lives in London. 

His latest book, A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL, is a behind-the-scenes look at the desperate and scandalous private life of Jeremy Thorpe, MP, and his disgrace and trial in the 1970s. It was adapted by Blueprint Pictures into a major BBC feature written by Russell T. Davies, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. The series has been nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe - Best Limited Television Series. 

His novel THE DIG is currently being adapted by Clerkenwell Productions with a script by Moira Buffini and shooting in 2019. 

Please contact us for all book-to-screen related enquiries. 

Film & Television Rights




Clerkenwell Films

• Currently under option with Clerkenwell Films
• Script by Moira Buffini
• Shooting in 2019



Blueprint Pictures/BBC1

• Script adapted from John Preston's novel by Russel T. Davies and directed by Stephen Frears
• Originally aired on BBC1 in May 2018
• Nominated for a Golden Globe 2019 - Best Limited Television Series