Friday, October 14, 2016


ITV has announced a slate of new projects which will soon go into production. Of them all, this one jumped out at me:

'White Dragon', from writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, will be an eight-part series shot on location in Asia. The series will be made by drama indie Two Brothers, which was established by writers and producers Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).

Here's the ITV press pack info:

Ambitious and timely conspiracy thriller White Dragon, written by screenwriting newcomers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, has been commissioned for ITV from Two Brothers Pictures, the drama indie established by award winning writers and producers, Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).  The eight part series will be filmed during the autumn of 2017 on location in Asia. 
Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down when his wife, Megan, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Although she lived and worked there half the year, Jonah’s never been. He lives a small, sheltered life, and his fear of flying has kept him in London. But now he has no choice but to cross the ocean to identify the body of the woman he loved.
Not long after arriving in Hong Kong, Jonah makes a shocking discovery about his wife. Over the course of eight thrilling hours, Jonah is drawn deeper and deeper into a web of conspiracy as he comes to terms with this utterly alien and unfamiliar environment, battling to uncover the truth about his wife’s death.
Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “We’re delighted to be bringing Mark and Jonny’s incredible debut series to life. Their writing is rich and intelligent and combines a narratively taut thriller with a characterful emotional journey that we hope will draw audiences in.”
Writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood added: "We are thrilled to be working with Two Brothers and ITV on this exciting new drama - we hope it will keep audiences gripped.” 

I got the feeling as I read those news stories that there might be some people who would think 'White Dragon' had something to do with the Anne McCaffrey novel in her epic science fiction (NOT fantasy!) series of "Dragonriders of Pern" books.  I wish it was, since I think the entire series would be a worthy successor to the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's 'Game Of Thrones'. 

Ruth the white dragon and his rider Lord Jaxom would have been a good focal point for a series.

Oh well. Better luck next time, Ruth. 


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