BBC puts Alex Wheatle’s ‘Crongton Knights’ adaptation on hold after Noel Clarke allegations
Deadline understands that Clarke’s Unstoppable Film & Television had the rights to the children’s novel and was developing the project with the BBC.
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The UK broadcaster has now put the adaptation on hold after The Guardian released statements from more than 20 women about Clarke’s alleged inappropriate behavior. Clarke vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
A BBC spokeswoman told Deadline: “We are not advancing any projects with Noel Clarke at this time.”
Knights of Crongton focuses on McKay, who has lived through the ordeal of his mother’s death and his father working hourly to keep ushers out of the door.
After straying from his territory on a mission to help a girl, McKay comes face to face with a friend’s crazed ex-boyfriend, a group of children on a power trip, and a violent gangster with a vendetta. near his home.
The book gave rise to a Crongton series, written by Wheatle, which was the subject of Steve McQueen’s BAFTA-winning series Small Ax series after transforming his life following the 1981 Brixton Riots.
The BBC isn’t the only one to stop working with Clarke. Heaven did the same, canceling the fourth season of the hit drama series Armored.
Unstoppable Film & Television continues to be surveyed by All3Media, which owns a 21% stake in the company. All3Media suspended Clarke and her business partner Jason Maza in April pending the outcome of the investigation.