Wychwood, by Strange Matter’s George Mann, to be developed for screen by Black Dog Television

Strange Matter is proud to announce that George Mann’s popular supernatural crime series Wychwood has been optioned for television.

See below for the full press release:

London, 2nd March 2020 – Black Dog Television have optioned the novel ‘Wychwood’ by George Mann with a view to developing a television series.

‘Wychwood’, and its sequel ‘Hallowdene’, are the first two books in a crime series set in and around the historic Wychwood forest. The story follows journalist Ellie Reeves and local police detective Peter Shaw as they find themselves embroiled in the recreation of a gruesome piece of English folklore. The series will offer an original mix of crime and occult horror.

Black Dog Television recently created the acclaimed fantasy comedy series ‘Zapped’ for Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney and Steve Coogan. Wychwood is one of a number of crime dramas they are currently developing.

George Mann says “I can’t wait to see what Dan, Paul and Will have in store for Ellie and Peter and their investigations in the sinister Wychwood. They’re bursting with great ideas, and I’m over the moon to be working with such an enthusiastic and talented bunch.”

The producers add “George has created an incredibly atmospheric world. Wychwood forest is home to dark mysteries, horror and occult magic. It’s a brilliant setting for a crime series where nothing is quite as it seems. We can’t wait to start realising this world for television.”

About Black Dog Television

Black Dog Television is an independent television production company founded by three writer/producers, Dan Gaster, Paul Powell and Will Ing.

They created and wrote three series of the fantasy sitcom Zapped originally broadcast in October 2016. They also devised and co-produced four series of
the BBC2 panel show Insert Name Here hosted by Sue Perkins. For Dave they devised and co-produced two series of the panel show Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask.

Their many credits as writers, script editors and producers include:

The Last Leg, The Thick Of It, Miranda, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Top Gear, Al Murray’s Happy Hour, Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You?

They can be found on Twitter via @blackdog_tv

About George Mann

George Mann is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter. He’s the creator of the supernatural crime series Wychwood, as well as the popular Newbury & Hobbes and Tales of the Ghost novel series. He’s written for properties such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Judge Dredd and Dark Souls, and is currently part of the writers’ room on a forthcoming genre television show.

He can be found on Twitter via @George_Mann and on Instagram via @georgemannauthor

Further Information

Please contact:

Dan Gaster, Creative Director, Black Dog Television


Bentinck House 3-8 Bolsover Street London W1W 6AB



Strange Matter is a creative studio founded by George Mann and Cavan Scott dedicated to telling rich and exciting stories about distinctive characters in an array of fascinating settings.

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