Tom Stoppard is to adapt Ford Maddox Ford’s novel Parade’s End for the BBC.
The drama will be screened in five episodes on BBC Two and directed by Susanna White.
It marks Stoppard’s first work for television in 20 years.
He said: “The BBC came to me with the idea of adapting Ford’s novel for TV two years ago. I had never read it and I fell in love with it. Parade’s End has been my main preoccupation since then. I spent about 18 months on the dramatisation of the novel into five 60-minute episodes. I confess I feel a bit proud of it, and now that Susanna White has come on board to direct Parade’s End I’m thoroughly excited about it.”
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson described Stoppard as one of the “world’s finest writers”.
“We are thrilled to welcome him back to the BBC with his extraordinary and witty take on a complex novel,” he said.
Parade’s End is being produced by independent company Mammoth Screen.