Mills and Boon to make TV debut to mark 100th anniversary

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London, Aug 18 : As part of its 100th anniversary's celebrations, the romantic fiction 'Mills and Boon' is all set to make its television debut.

A TV drama titled 'Consuming Passion: 100 Years of Mills and Boon' would be written by Emma Frost, of 'Shameless' fame.

It would be shot in and around London, and will be aired in autumn on BBC4.

According to the producers, it promises to be "very raunchy".

"The 90-minute drama will interweave the stories of three very different women, and shed light on the impact and influence the books had on women's lives over the last century," the Independent quoted Ben Stephenson, head of drama commissioning at the BBC, as saying.

The drama is based on the lives of the actual people behind the scenes at the publishing house.

The first story is set in 1908 involving Mary, wife of Charles Boon, Mills and Boon's wheeler-dealer co-founder.

While Charles struggled to establish his business in London, he and his wife were fighting another battle - in the bedroom.

Its outcome would determine the future of Mills and Boon, which came to specialise in the low-brow, high-romance genre.

Another story in the drama brings the publishing story up to the present day.

Kirstie, a university lecturer in literature and feminist studies, is in a failing relationship with her partner.

Bored and frustrated, she is lecturing to students on the Mills and Boon phenomenon when a young stranger enters her life.

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