Naomi Alderman’s The Power is set to be your new favourite TV show

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Colin Crummy

Prepare to binge-watch…

Get set for the next electrifying box set television. The Power, the much-acclaimed book by Naomi Alderman, is getting the small screen treatment.

Amazon will produce the ten-part contemporary global thriller, based on Alderman’s award-winning story about teenage girls who have developed the power to electrocute at will.

Alderman’s novel, which was first published in 2016, won the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction for its depiction of our world with a peculiar, electrifying twist of nature.

The Power in question is a hereditary, inbuilt ability of girls to electrocute anyone they want to; an evolution that starts in teenage collarbones and leads in a complete reversal of the power in the world. Suddenly, brilliantly, women have all the power.

Reed Morano, who directed that other sci-fi feminist drama The Handmaid’s Tale, will be behind the camera for The Power. She made history in 2017 as the first woman to win both an Emmy and DGA (Directors’ Guild of America) award for her work on the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel.

The Power’s searing feminist themes struck a similar chord of acclaim on publication, landing on books of year lists from The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. It has since been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and been translated into 25 languages.

The new series, which goes into production this year (no launch date has yet been set) will be shot on locations around the world, reflecting the global nature of Alderman’s tale.

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The global aspects of the new production are key for the book’s author. ‘I’m thrilled beyond words that The Power will be broadcast around the world by Amazon,’ Alderman, who is also an executive producer on the show, said of the announcement.

‘The story is a global one, about the lives of women and men everywhere in the world, so I’m hugely excited that The Power will be sparking conversation and debate essentially… everywhere. We’re going to make something revolutionary and, dare I say it, electrifying.’

One powerful person who may well tune in when the show airs is Barack Obama; the former US President included The Power on his list of favourite books from 2017. Good choice Barack.

Until it comes out, here are some other great female-led TV shows to watch in the meantime.

Images: Rex