Pointless star Richard Osman 'in talks' to turn his secret debut crime novel into a TV drama

Pointless presenter Richard Osman
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Perhaps his Pointless co-star Alexander Armstrong could appear!

Pointless star Richard Osman has revealed that a TV adaptation of his debut crime novel - which he wrote without telling anyone - could be on the cards.

The TV presenter has been busily writing his first ever book, a crime novel called The Thursday Murder Club, which will be published next year.

Set in a luxury retirement village in Kent, the story follows four retirees who meet up to solve cold cases, but then get embroiled in a present day murder case.

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And Richard told The Guardian that he was already in talks for a TV adaptation.

“I’m in talks, let’s say. As you might expect, I have fairly strong opinions on how that should go.”

Richard also revealed that he’d always wanted to pen a crime novel. “I’ve always known how hard it is to write a crime novel and I have such respect for people who do it.

“I never felt I was in a position where I could do it properly and give it the time it deserved until about 18 months ago.

“I decided I would start it and once I got going I found that I couldn’t stop.”

Richard revealed the news that he’d written a book to his Twitter followers recently, declaring: “A month ago I finally showed it to someone, and then all this happened. I’ve never been prouder of anything in my working life, and I can’t wait for you to all read it next year.”

And the hugely popular presenter and now writer is already planning a sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, which is being published in autumn 2020.

Richard has worked on Pointless for 10 years. His other TV credits include Richard Osman’s House of Games, Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You?.

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