UK-based Seven Seas Films and Tin Hat Film and TV Productions have partnered with Spain’s La Pepa PC to produce a TV series based on the best-selling novel, Driving Over Lemons, which will film in Andalusia.
The UK-Spain co-production will have Dan Sefton (Good Karma Hospital, Delicious, The Mallorca Files) write the screenplay and serve as showrunner.
The drama will follow hapless optimist, Chris and his pragmatic wife Ana, as they uprooting from the UK to Andalusia, in an attempt to build a new life in the Alpujarra mountains. As idyllic as their remote, picturesque farmhouse El Valero might look, no running water is just the start of the challenges the couple will face, but no matter how tough things get, they never have to look far for oddball expats and friendly locals willing to lend a hand and offer advice.
Written by Chris Stewart, the novel has sold over two million copies worldwide, inspired by Stewart’s family’s adventures after moving to a remote mountain farm in Southern Spain with his wife to work as a sheep shearer and travel writer.
Nick Leese who brokered the deal will also serve as executive producer alongside Sefton and Simon Lupton, Nick Leese, Alvaro Alonso and Manual Yebra.
"The absolutely true story demonstrates not only how hard and how brave it is to uproot and move thousands of miles to a completely new country; but how when you are open to it, how two different cultures can come together, work together, laugh together and create the opportunity for a new and completely inspired life," said Lupton.
La Pepa's Alvaro and Manuel in a joint statement said: “The physical production of the show will take place in the heart of Andalusia for maximum authenticity and to bring the evocative landscape and people of the area to the screen. We cannot wait to show off our beautiful country to international audiences.”
Filming date and casting details are yet to be confirmed.