The script team at Studio Lambert, owned by All3Media, has acquired the rights to adapt Nicola Williams’ legal thriller Without Prejudice as a television series.
The book follows a 30-year-old working-class Caribbean lawyer as she tackles the biggest case of her career.
Originally published in 1997, it was reissued this year as part of Bernardine Evaristo’s Black Britain: Writing Back series, celebrating pioneering books describing black Britain.
Susan Hogg, Head of Drama for Studio Lambert, said: “Having served for many years as a criminal lawyer and currently as a Crown Court judge, Nicola Williams is uniquely positioned to bring authenticity fascinating to his observations of the criminal justice system.
“The quality of its storytelling and its brilliant characterization offer us a new legal thriller in Without Prejudice. We will bring it to the screen in a daring and entertaining series aimed at a contemporary audience. “
Two new books in the series have been acquired by the Hamish Hamilton Publishing House. The new stories drag Lee into other difficult and complex cases, drawing on aspects of Williams’ experience as a lawyer.
The first, The Advocate’s Devil, will be released in the spring of 2023. It follows Lee as she is forced to defend a racist police officer as he is accused of shooting the 15-year-old son of a pastor in southern London.