LONDON — “The house of cards,” the phrase that describes the show that has dominated British television for the past decade, is set to get its biggest boost yet in the form of a TV adaptation.
The new show, which is being produced by Sky Atlantic, will see the original cast members of the popular series return to the BBC-owned house of stories, in which they all live as cats.
The series, which debuted in 2009, has been described by critics and viewers as “a triumph of British TV.”
The production will be produced by former BBC production head Chris Gwynne and will be directed by Gwynnes co-writer Michael Green.
“Inside Cat house is a show that I think was the best British TV series of the past 15 years, period,” said Green.
“It’s an absolute masterpiece of storytelling, and it’s going to be great fun to be a part of.”
The show, described as a “world of cat cats” in the BBC series, follows the adventures of a young woman who is the head of the household of five cats, all of whom are in the prime of their lives and live in a London suburb.
The show is set in London, where cats are an integral part of life and cats are the primary attraction in the city.
The producers are aiming to have the show premiere on ITV on Monday.
“We want to bring something new to the British cat world, a show which will bring something fresh to the cat world,” said Gwynes production chief, Chris Glynne.
“And hopefully it will be something that people will come back to.
We think that’s what the show is all about.”
Green, who directed the series for BBC Studios, said the show would offer a “sensible and honest depiction of the life of a cat owner.”
“The show was a real pleasure to write, to make and to edit,” said the BBC executive.
“The production team has done a terrific job, and I can’t wait to see what the BBC and the rest of the world are going to do with it.”
The BBC will make the show available on ITV via the iPlayer, and the show will be available for purchase in the UK and Canada from March 8.