The Cry author's follow-up novel is coming to TV after success of BBC One drama

The Cry has certainly been a hit for the BBC. The drama, which stars former Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman, became its second biggest drama launch of the year after the juggernaut that was Bodyguard.

The series was based on a novel by author Helen FitzGerald, and now her next novel is going to be adapted for television too, according to Deadline.

The thing is, it’s not even out yet.

The novel, titled Australia Day, is currently set for a 2020 release. It’s set in a small town that is struck by a disastrous bush fire, and is described as a “domestic disaster noir”.

The television adaptation may not necessarily come out after the novel, with Game of Thrones overtaking George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice books, thanks to a close relationship between the TV production and the author.

With all the success it has garnered, The Cry has been a smart career choice for Victoria star Coleman, although she almost didn’t take it.

She told Digital Spy and other media: “It’s pretty dark… a psychological thriller. It was a bit of an emotional marathon… I’ve never had [to play] such a sustained amount of emotion for such a long time.

“For [her character] Joanna, so much of it is quite internalised… it’s a lot like a pressure cooker, and it’s all internal until she cracks.

“After doing Doctor Who, Victoria felt like a really good antidote. And after Victoria, this felt like a very good antidote to that.”

The Cry concludes this Sunday (October 21) at 9pm on BBC One.

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