Abbie Ross’s successful memoir Hippy Dinners is being adapted by Alan Partidge star Steve Coogan.
The Philomena actor and writer announced details of his new comedy-drama project at the Edinburgh Television Festival in Scotland last month.
He’s co-writing the script with Jess Williams, who has previously written episodes of Grantchester and Inspector George Gently.
Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood tells the story of Abbie Ross’s cosmopolitan parents moving the family from London to a remote farmhouse next to a hippy commune in rural North Wales.
Titled Far Out, the adaptation of Ross’s 2014 book will move the story back from 1972 to 1969.
Coogan commented: “It’s something I am passionate about and know will make people laugh and move them.
“It’s about class, politics and, more importantly than any of that, it’s about people, characters, stories humanity.”
He added: “It is about how people surprise you and how you shouldn’t judge people because you don’t know what their stories are.”
Producer Christine Langan said: “It’s very much about now even though it’s set in the sixties and 70s because it’s about how ideological can you live.
“It’s clear that a lot of people who grew up on communes became very successful business people.”
Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood is available to buy on Amazon.
It’s not been confirmed yet if Far Out will be a TV series or a movie, but it sounds like a lot of fun!