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Paramount+ UK have commissioned a 6x60' drama adaptation of Sarah Vaughan's bestselling novel Little Disasters from Roughcut Productions.

Leading the cast are Jo Joyner (For Her Sins) and Diane Kruger (In The Fade). Joining them are Shelly Conn (Bridgerton), Emily Taaffe (The Rising), JJ Feild (Austenland), Ben Bailey Smith (The Splot) and Stephen Campbell Moor (Masters Of The Air).

When Jess takes her baby daughter to hospital with a head injury that she can’t explain, her close friend and on-duty A&E doctor Liz must make the excruciating decision of whether to call social services on her longtime friend. This decision sets in motion a chain of events that show how one moment can fracture and nearly destroy entire families and friendships.

As the plot unfolds, the consequences of Jess and Liz’s actions come to light, families unravel and the women begin to articulate long-held judgements against each other. As the truth is unmasked, deep-rooted issues and insecurities are thrust into the spotlight as the women question what really happened to Jess’ baby.

Paramount+ UK's Paul Testar said: "We are big fans of Sarah Vaughan’s novel and thrilled to be working on this adaptation with Roughcut Television. Diane, Jo, Shelley and Emily embody our four mothers seamlessly and we can’t wait to see what each of them bring to the series."

Roughcut Television’s Marianna Abbotts also said: "We are so excited to bring Sarah Vaughan’s gripping and thought-provoking novel, Little Disasters, to the screen. Ruth Fowler and Amanda Duke’s brilliant scripts stay true to the themes in the book and shine a light on the dark reaches and intense love of motherhood. We are thrilled that such incredible acting talent, Diane Kruger and Jo Joyner, will be bringing Jess and Liz to life."

Rebecca Dundon, SVP Scripted Acquisitions at Fremantle said: "Little Disasters has all the elements of an addictive drama – expertly weaving universal themes of motherhood, friendship, privilege, duty and societal pressures into a provocative nail-biting thriller which we know will engage audiences around the world."

More details will be announced in due course.


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