Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Jilly Cooper’s erotica book series is being adapted into a saucy TV show

jilly cooper riders.jpg

It’s official; Jilly Cooper's bestselling Rutshire Chronicles novels are set to gallop onto the small screen in the not-so-distant future.

And, intriguingly, the racy show-jumping novels are going to be transformed into a "high-end drama" series for ITV by the very same production company that put JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy on our televisions.

Screenwriter Kate Booke, best known for her work on Mr Selfridge, will adapt the novels.


Read more: the best ever TV box sets, for your viewing pleasure


The ‘sex-and-saddlebags’ book series, which earned the title of ‘bonkbuster’ long before EL James’ Fifty Shades saga came along, focuses on the show-jumping and polo-playing crowd of the British upper classes.

Fans of the 80s books, however, will remember them primarily for their plethora of steamy encounters, spankings, sweaty horseflesh, swooning romance, skulduggery, scandalous affairs, and more. 

Jilly Cooper's Riders

Jilly Cooper's Riders

There are 10 books in the series, and UK production company FilmWave has only required the rights for all but one.

The lucky nine, all of which were published between 1985 and 2011, are Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score!, Pandora, Wicked! and Jump!

Cooper's inspirations behind the series' leading man, Rupert Campbell-Black, was revealed during the launch for Mount! earlier this month, when she explained that she was bowled away by the “glamorous and charismatic” Andrew Parker Bowles, Rupert Lycett Green, and Michael Howard, the Earl of Suffolk. 


Read more: Netflix to adapt one of our favourite children's books into a TV series


However she was quick to stop any rumours in their tracks, adding that all three of the men were “impeccably behaved” – unlike the naughty show-jumper of her novels.

Cooper, meanwhile, has revealed that she fully intends to keep writing about Campbell-Black – and that her next book will take him, unusually, into the world of football.

Speaking to The Guardian, she admitted she has to “use a lot of imagination” these days when it comes to the sex scenes.

“It was such a long time ago. [But then] I always had to use a lot of imagination. Everybody used to say they could see steam coming out of the gazebo where I worked.

“I don’t find [writing about] sex that difficult. It’s just the way it always was. I just think, why stop at the bedroom door? The way people make love and the way people relate to each other in bed are interesting too.”

Riders was turned into a feature length film for ITV in 1993 and in 2009,

Related

50-shades-edit.jpg

The 50 Shades Darker trailer is here and there’s a lot going on

sarah gadon.jpg

Netflix adapts Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace into six-part TV series

worst-witch-netflix.jpg

A remake of The Worst Witch is coming to Netflix and it sounds magical

Comments

More

New Margaret Atwood TV series makes a big point about women and media

Netflix has released a teaser clip for Alias Grace, and we’re pretty excited

by Amy Swales
25 Jul 2017

The secret meaning behind Arya’s three little words in Game of Thrones

Her bittersweet reunion was one of the show’s most important feminist moments yet

by Kayleigh Dray
24 Jul 2017

Handmaid’s Tale fans, here’s what really happens to Janine in the book

And how she became the show’s most important supporting character

by Kayleigh Dray
24 Jul 2017

Amazon Prime snaps up seven Agatha Christie TV projects

And stars of Gossip Girl and Love Actually have signed on for the first

by Amy Swales
19 Jul 2017

Hey muggles, there are two brand-new Harry Potter books coming out

They’re set to fly onto shelves this Halloween

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jul 2017

“How Jane Austen radically changed female desire and relationships”

Let’s talk about sex, ladies

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jul 2017

Bank of England makes awkward Jane Austen blunder on new £10 note

Erm, guys – did you even read Pride & Prejudice?

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jul 2017

100,000 banned texts have been built into a 'Parthenon of books’

The structure stands in the very same spot where the Nazis burned thousands of censored books

by Jasmine Andersson
14 Jul 2017

This one reading habit could boost your happiness levels

It's all to do with adventure stories

by Anna Brech
12 Jul 2017

Lost manuscript discovered in home of Where The Wild Things Are author

“What a miracle to find this buried treasure in the archives”

by Anna Brech
12 Jul 2017