BBC orders ‘A Kind Of Spark’ adaptation from Canada’s 9 Story Media

Sarah Muller

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered A Kind Of Spark, a new live action series based on the book by neurodivergent children’s author Elle McNicoll.

The 8 x 24-minute series is being produced by Canada’s 9 Story Media Group and is the first project to come out of its first-look deal with publishing company Knights Of, which focuses on improving inclusivity in children’s literature.

9 Story Media, which is behind children’s series including Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Blue’s Clues & You and Ada Twist, Scientist, took a minority equity stake in Knights Of a little over a week ago, taking audiovisual, theatrical, merchandising and ancillary rights to the publisher’s book properties

A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year old Addie, a neurodivergent girl. When she learns about the witch trials that happened centuries ago in her hometown, Addie knows that there’s more to the story of these ‘witches’, just as there is more to her own, and sets out to challenge how the people in her town see her and her autism.

The series is being created for television by Anna McCleery, who is writing alongside book author McNicoll.

Sarah Muller, BBC head of commissioning & acquisitions 7-12, who officially announced the series at MIP Junior in Cannes yesterday, commented: “We’re delighted to bring this moving and powerful story to audiences in the UK.

“In Addie we have a character who is relatable, uplifting and inspiring and we can’t wait to bring her story to life. Our aim is to reflect all of our audience on screen and this story of difference and acceptance is one that we can’t wait to tell.”

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