London-based content studio Pulse Films has acquired fiction and non-fiction rights to Peter Ackroyd’s epic non-fiction book series The History of England from publisher Pan MacMillan in the UK and St. Martin’s Press in the US.
The deal comes as the fifth book in the series, Dominion, hits book shelves this month.
Pulse’s recent non-fiction output includes the feature docs Kingdom of Us, No Greater Law, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records and XY Chelsea.
Ackroyd’s series will consist of six books, chronicling the history of England, with the sixth and final volume expected in 2021.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Peter’s vision and extraordinary storytelling to life as an epic multi-series for television,” said Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benski, in a statement. “Winning the race to secure this sought-after IP and matching it with top director talent reinforces our studio’s core strategy to push the boundaries of what fiction and non-fiction television can be.”