Catherine Cookson was one of Britain’s best-loved authors and the most successful historical novelist of recent times. At the time of her death in 1998, she had published nearly 100 novels and sold more than 120 million books.
The first TV adaptation to launch the Cookson brand on ITV was The Fifteen Streets, starring Sean Bean and Owen Teale, which was nominated for an Emmy in 1990. The following year, The Black Velvet Gown, starring Bob Peck and Janet McTeer, won the International Emmy for Best Drama.
The Cookson dramas rapidly became huge ratings winners for ITV, attracting more than 13.5 million viewers at their peak. Between 1990 and 2001, 14 mini series and 4 single films were shown. The combination of powerful story telling, high production values and big names cast has proved an irresistible draw for audiences both in the UK and around the world.
The Cookson Dramas still appear regularly in the UK on the Yesterday channel; the DVDs, distributed by ITV DVD, are still incredibly popular, despite the fact that the last production was made 10 years ago.
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