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And Then There Was February...

We’re thinking of claiming the record for the longest client/agency relationship in the history of PR. 2014 astonishingly marks the 21st anniversary of our working with the (Man) Booker Prize and we celebrated in style with a small dinner for some of our oldest Man Booker friends. It was fascinating to think back over the years and to realise how much the world of PR has changed. For example it used to take a team of us most of the night to fax out the eight page press release detailing the shortlist: that information can now go out in an instant at the press of a button! It’s marvellous to see how the Man Booker brand has gone from strength to strength, as has another of our clients, Agatha Christie. Acorn Productions announced this week that the BBC has commissioned two significant new drama adaptations to bring her masterpieces to a new generation of crime fans. There’s going to be a new adaptation of And Then There Were None, her most successful work and one of the best-selling crime novels of all time, written by Sarah Phelps who adapted both Great Expectations and Oliver Twist for the BBC). It’s slated for broadcast at Christmas 2015 and will be worth the wait! Meanwhile, the crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence will return to our screens in a 1950s-set six-part adventure thriller series, Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams as Tommy. The first three episodes due for transmission next autumn will be written by award-winning author, playwright and director Zinnie Harris. These two major new BBC1 dramas are just part of an extraordinary raft of developments as RLJ Entertainment, of which Acorn Productions Ltd is a subsidiary company, reinvents the Christie brand. And while we’re on the subject of Agatha Christie we were delighted this month to be appointed by HarperCollins to support Sophie Hannah’s new Poirot book which is due this September. Poirot is going to be reborn with a first in transmedia storytelling – you can watch the mystery unravel from early summer… Jeffrey Archer’s  new novel, Be Careful What You Wish For, is out next month.   It’s the fourth in his hugely successful Clifton Chronicles series and the book will published around the world on 13th March with a pan-global social media marketing and publicity campaign.   The last three books in the series have all been international bestsellers, making the series a truly global publishing phenomenon. We've all seen images of surfers riding mountainous waves off the coast of Cornwall and our very own Ellie Hughes was forced to ride just such a storm surge as she escaped Plymouth with BBC Click's LJ Rich earlier this month, hours before the train-line at Dawlish was washed into the sea. They were on their way to Plymouth University for the 8th Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, orchestrated by the brilliant team at the University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research. It was well beyond the call of duty and earned her a bottle of champagne! Another book which will be catching your eye this month is Fog Of Peace by Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco. The book offers a radical new approach to peacemaking and could scarcely be more topical. Gabrielle and Giandomenico are speaking to a packed house at the Frontline Club next week. Meantime we’ve been out and about. Katy spent a week in Jordan promoting the shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and Truda is currently basking in the sunshine in Cape Town where she is on a recce for Man Booker International Prize. We plan to hold our finalists’ announcement event there early next year. The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has been a Four Colman Getty client for more than a decade and this month saw the launch of the winter 2014 edition of their bi-annual survey. The definitive barometer of the graduate jobs market, the 2014 report found that graduate vacancies are predicted to rise by 10.2% this year, with sectors predicting growth including IT/Telecoms, Public Sector, Energy and Banking and Financial Services. An action packed month and March looks equally exciting! More from us then! All best Dotti

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