Media release: Local production company to develop TV series based on Glasgow Noir, Lennox crime thrillers


AWARD-winning, Glasgow-based production company, Synchronicity Films, has optioned the rights to internationally best-selling thriller writer, Craig Russell’s ‘Lennox’ book series, which is being adapted as a TV series by acclaimed writer, Robert Murphy (Invisible, DCI Banks, Inspector George Gently, Vera, Shetland).

Based on the Lennox classic noir book series set in Glasgow in the 1950s, the 4 x 60’ TV adaptation is being developed as a returning period crime series. Hailed as “atmospheric and deftly plotted” by The Guardian and “cinematic” by The Scotsman, Russell’s novels are a rich framework of intrigue in an original setting. The deal was brokered through Georgina Ruffhead of David Higham Associates.

Claire Mundell, managing director and Creative Director of Synchronicity, said: “Craig Russell’s Lennox is a fascinating character, taking inspiration from the classic noir detective and infusing him with freshness and bite through intricately researched setting, authenticity of the period and compelling plot. We know that Robert will bring his wit and brilliant instinct for storytelling to this project, and we can’t wait to showcase it to audiences hungry for innovative crime drama.”

Craig Russell added: “From my first meeting with Claire, Synchronicity’s energy and enthusiasm for Lennox has been amazing and their vision of the character and his story reflects mine perfectly. I am convinced Claire and the team offer the ideal partner in bringing Lennox—who is a subtly nuanced and complex character—to the screen. I am very excited to see it all coming together.”

Glasgow 1953 – the war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning. The city is teeming with the damaged and the desperate, the decadent and the under-nourished, the wild and the innocent; shady bookies, femmes fatales, scar-faced gangsters, bent cops, bent politicians, predators, victims, whores, hustlers, crumbling night club singers and rapacious businessmen.

In the middle of this abyss, is our central character – Lennox – a ruggedly good-looking private detective, born in Glasgow but raised in North America following the Depression. A damaged man in a hard city at a hard time, caught in the middle of the three crime bosses – The Three Kings – who control the city… a dangerous place to be.

Most recently, Synchronicity has produced the critically-acclaimed, award-winning drama series, The Cry, written by Jacquelin Perske for BBC One and is developing a TV series based on Heather Norris’ best-selling novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.


For further information, please contact Janet Balmforth DDA Blueprint: +44 (0) 20 7932 9800

About Synchronicity Films:

Synchronicity Films is an award-winning independent production company, founded and headed by Claire Mundell, headquartered in Glasgow, and run with co-directors, Mark Young (chair) and Adrian Burns (operations director). The company creates, develops and produces feature films and television drama which showcases original voices and brings stories to life with energy, passion and dynamism. Key credits include BAFTA-winning BBC One series, ‘The Cry’, BIFA-winning ‘Only You’, BIFA-winning ‘Weekend’ and actress Karen Gillan’s writer/ director debut, ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’.

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