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Set in the English seaside town of Brighton, in the 1980s, HIGH DIVE is a re-imagining of the IRA bombing attack on The Grand Hotel, an attempt to assassinate then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and key members of her government, during the Tory party conference.  The New York Times, which picked Lee’s novel as a best book of the year, describes it as “devastating” and “inspired” and wrote that it brought to mind the work of Alfred Hitchcock. The material offers a timely exploration of the allure of extremism and presents a tense, nuanced, and gripping portrait of an assassination attempt that changed the face of global politics forever.   

The four parter is to be written by the book’s author, Jonathan Lee, with Academy Award winner Eric Roth (FORREST GUMP, THE INSIDER, MUNICH) supervising.  For television Mr. Roth was an Executive Producer on the American HOUSE OF CARDS, from its inception.  He also serves as Executive Producer of the highly regarded BERLIN STATION, and the Emmy nominated Best Limited Series, THE ALIENIST.

Mr. Roth will also serve as Executive Producer, along with Jonathan Lee and Caryn Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook for Caryn Mandabach Productions. 

HIGH DIVE by Jonathan Lee is published by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S., William Heinemann in the U.K., and is available in 12 languages. It was selected as a best book of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, and many other publications.

Caryn Mandabach said “Timeless in its depiction of how politics and politicians tend to crush the human spirit, Jonathan Lee’s brilliant book is more relevant now than ever. Of course, nothing more need be said about Eric. He is simply a master”.

Jonathan Lee said “It’s a huge thrill to work with Caryn and Eric on adapting my novel for the screen. I’m looking forward to reimagining the material for television.” 

Eric Roth said, “HIGH DIVE is a literary tour de force, that rare combination of knuckle busting real life tension, and the deep-felt humanity, the heartbreak, of the lives that are affected.”