Kudos acquires firefighting memoir

London Fire BrigadeProlific producer Kudos has acquired the TV rights to develop a drama series based on Through the Fire, the memoirs of one of the country’s most senior female firefighters.  

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, deputy assistant commissioner for the London Fire Bridge, left home aged 15 and, having lived rough for a year, joined the fire service at 18.

She became the first female ever to serve at her first posting in the Welsh valleys. 

She was appointed to her current role at the age of 31 and her experience includes a number of major incidents including the Westminster terror attack, as well as studying at night school to gain a PhD in behavioural neuroscience. 

Through the Fire will be published in spring 2019, with Diederick Santer and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd of Kudos lined up to executive produce the TV adaptation.  

Kingsman-Lloyd said of the project: “At a time when the female workplace experience is under ever closer scrutiny we are thrilled to be able to bring Sabrina’s remarkable book to the screen.

"She’s not only a remarkable woman - she’s a natural storyteller and her personal experiences as a frontline professional and her revolutionary insights into the psychology of decision-making in extreme situations make this title a truly extraordinary, exciting and unique examination of the firefighting profession.”

Kudos is currently in production on the third series of Humans and is working on the second series of Tin Star. It is also developing a political drama called The Club from writers Adam Price (Borgen) and Michael Dobbs (House of Cards). 

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