Hit British film “Boiling Point,” about a stressed-out chef in a fast-paced kitchen played by “Matilda” star Stephen Graham, is getting a TV adaptation from the BBC.
The series picks up six months after the film left off and sees sous chef Carly (Vinette Robinson) head chef at her own restaurant, with many of the film’s original cast joining her in supporting roles – including Stephen Graham as Andy, the film’s head chef, and Hannah Walters as Emily.
The film makes extensive use of one-shot techniques for the entire feature, enhancing the intensity and urgency of the crowded kitchen scenes. The series doesn’t use the same treatment, Graham and Walters confirmed.
The series reunites the film’s writer and director Philip Barantini, who helmed the first two episodes, with his co-star James Cummings and producers Hester Roof and Bart Ruspoli. It is produced by Ascendant Fox and Matriarch Productions with Made Up Productions.
Originally released in 2021, “Boiling Point” received four BAFTA nominations and 11 BIFA nominations. It has won four BIFA Awards and two National Film Awards.
In a joint statement, Ascendant Fox executive producers Ruspoli and Ruff said: “We are blown away by the film’s international success and are excited to bring ‘Boiling Point’ to television as a series.” The show dives into the heart of the restaurant and hospitality industry, where anything can happen between the startup and the mainstream. We have a fantastic team of creative collaborators in Hannah, Stephen, Phil and James and the BBC and BBC Studios are the perfect partners to bring ‘Boiling Point’ to a huge global audience.
Walters and Graham, executive producers for their production banner Matriarch Productions, added, “The overwhelming response to the film, the story and especially the characters, and our curiosity to know more and delve deeper into their world, made us want to make the drama.” With the BBC, we make series that keep viewers engaged, interested and involved in each of the characters’ journeys. However, our audience can still enjoy the unique long shots and camera techniques that complement the pure naturalism that is the essence and soul of the film.
“Boiling Point” writer Cummings said, “When we filmed the ‘Boiling Point’ scene, there were so many ideas left on the whiteboard that we always felt like an opportunity to come back to this world.” The response to our film was incredible and it was nothing short of amazing to hear how he felt with people in the hospitality industry. Restaurants are an intersection of different people from different backgrounds, all with different social issues – and I’m proud to be able to use our series as a vehicle to tell stories with a cast of characters we’ve fallen in love with. . Food flies and tears fall!
The five-part series will be written by Cummings, with Barantini directing the first two episodes. The Ascendant will be executive produced by Fox Ruoff and Ruspoli; Walters and Graham for Matriarch Productions; Barantini for manufactured products; Rebecca Ferguson for the BBC, and Cummings. Series producer is Graham Drover. International broadcast is carried out by BBC studios.
The show, which is expected to begin filming early next year, follows the hit FX kitchen drama about a young chef who used to eat the best food in the world after his brother’s suicide. And he tries to change the business.