ITV and Mammoth Screen are partnering on a four-part television miniseries to reimagine The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling based on Henry Fielding’s classic novel.
A picaresque story of the title character’s complicated journey to find real love, Tom Jones has delighted and scandalized readers since it was originally published in 1749. Solly McLeod (The Rising) stars as the hero Tom, alongside Sophie Wilde (You Don’t Know Me) as the heroine Sophia Western. Written by Gwyneth Hughes this adaption of Tom Jones is directed by Georgia Parris and produced by Benjamin Greenacre.
“Tom Jones is the mother of all romcoms and isn’t that just what we all need after the last couple of years of misery? It’s a story where the sun barely stops shining, where love conquers all, and at its warm heart stand a pair of young sweethearts everyone can root for.
“Henry Fielding’s 18th century novel is sexy and fun; it’s also a dramatic rollercoaster, addressing so many modern concerns around consent, sexual equality and the pursuit of happiness. Tom and Sophia over- come enormous obstacles before finding their way home and to each other. This is a classic adaptation with a wise soul and a great big smile on its face.” – executive producer Gwyneth Hughes
With funding from Northern Ireland Screen, Tom Jones will film entirely on location in and around Belfast this autumn.