This is good news for those of you who can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes based drama. An adaptation of Kim Newman’s Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urberville, is currently in development for the small screen.

Playground Entertainment – who have produced shows such as Little Woman and Howards End – has optioned the novel which was first published in 2011 by Titan Books. Written by the film critic and author, the story focuses on the wily, snake-like and fiercely intelligent criminal mastermind Moriarty and the violent, politically incorrect, debauched Moran, who run crime in London – owning police and other criminals. The story is told through the standpoint of Colonel Sebastian Moran, the trusted lieutenant of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty.

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Newman’s short story delves into the darker world of Moriarty – Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty and Colonel Sebastian ‘Basher’ Morn. It’s a one-stop shop for all things illegal, from murder to high-class heists, Moriarty and Moran have a stream of nefarious visitors to their conduit Street rooms, from the Christian zealots of the American West to the bloodthirsty Si-Fan and Les Vampires of Paris, as well as a certain Miss Irene Adler…

Newman said, “I can now announce that my novel Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the d’Urbervilles is in development as a long-form TV project at Playground Entertainment. Early days yet and no other details available.

The author has also written Anno Dracula as well as Doctor Who novella Time and Relative, also wrote Ghastly Beyond Belief: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of Quotations with American Gods creator Neil Gaiman. His current work can be seen on BBC4, he co-wrote the television documentary series Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema, looking at some of the most interesting stories in British movie history, which is also presented by Kermode.