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Stephen Greenhorn to adapt James Goodhand’s Last Lesson as Red Planet Pictures secure TV rights

Award winning writer of Sunshine on Leath, Stephen Greenhorn, is to adapt James Goodhand’s Last Lesson, as Red Planet Pictures secure TV rights

Last Lesson is Goodhand’s debut novel, published in 2020, it quickly became one of the most talked about books of the year, universally praised for the intelligent and sensitive way in which it tackled toxic masculinity, social alienation and mental health. 

An intensely powerful thriller, Last Lesson has been described as 13 Reasons Why meets The Wasp Factory. The novel examines the psychological breakdown of model student and talented musician, Ollie Morcombe, after he suffers an horrific accident. Having previously been one of the popular kids and leading a gifted existence in school, he’s now become an outcast and his life made a living hell by vicious bullies. As Ollie reaches the extremities of breaking point, he takes matters into his own hands and, on the last day of the school year, brings those bullies a gift; a homemade pipe bomb. 

Joint MD of Red Planet Pictures, Belinda Campbell, said: “As soon as I started reading Last Lesson I absolutely knew that it would be perfect for TV. It’s written in such a visual and visceral way and is utterly gripping, moving and thrilling; it’s unputdownable. This is a slight departure for us to be working on something that’s rooted in the world of YA but I’m thrilled that James Goodhand has entrusted his incredible story to us, and with Stephen Greenhorn on board to adapt this edge-of-your-seat thriller, we couldn't have a better team to bring it to life.

James Goodhand commented “This is a dream come true. Stephen is an immensely talented screenwriter, and Red Planet are the geniuses behind some of my favourite ever TV shows; I can’t wait to see what together they can do with Last Lesson!”

Stephen Greenhorn said: "I'm thrilled to get the chance to adapt Last Lesson for TV. The book grabbed me immediately. James' storytelling is so compelling and his characters so fascinating that I ended up reading it in one sitting. Now I can't wait to bring them to the screen."