Amy Winehouse's life to feature in eight-part drama

Amy Winehouse’s life will hit the small screen as book on her songwriting genius, drink and drugs addictions and troubled relationships is turned into eight-part drama

  • Amy Winehouse died in 2011 aged just 27 from a drink and drugs overdose
  • The drama is based on bestseller book Saving Amy by author Daphne Barak
  • It will explore her addictions, her success and intense familial relationships 
  • Book is based on 40 hours of footage, photographs and interviews of the singer

She was known as ‘the voice of a generation’ who was engaged in a very public battle against her demons.

And now the turbulent life of ‘Back to Black’ singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 aged just 27, is to be turned into an eight-part drama.

Based on the bestselling book Saving Amy, by author and film-maker Daphne Barak, the project is set to chart the star’s troubled relationships, her addiction to drugs and alcohol and the distinctive voice and songwriting genius which led to her extraordinary success.

It also explores the intense relationships she had with her family, including her father, Mitch.

The turbulent life of ‘Back to Black’ singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 aged just 27, is to be turned into an eight-part drama

Her short-lived marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil – they divorced in 2009 – was allegedly plagued by violence and self-harm (pictured in 2007)

The rights for the book have been bought by Halcyon Studio, which aims to bring it to life as a scripted TV series with veteran British writer and producer Mal Young, who has worked on dramas such as Doctor Who, Casualty and Holby City.

The book, which was translated into half a dozen languages, was based on the six months that filmmaker Ms Barak and producer Erbil Gunasti spent with the singer and her family in London, Switzerland and St Lucia. 

Amy spent eight months on the Caribbean island to write and record her third album, which was never released, in 2009.

By then, Amy’s erratic behaviour had spiralled out of control, with substance abuse starting to threaten her career. 

Fielder-Civil was quoted as saying he had introduced the singer to heroin and crack cocaine

The book, based on 40 hours of footage, photographs and interviews, revealed how frail she had become

Based on the bestselling book Saving Amy, by author and film-maker Daphne Barak, the project is set to chart the star’s troubled relationships, her addiction to drugs and alcohol and the distinctive voice and songwriting genius which led to her extraordinary success

Her short-lived marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil – they divorced in 2009 – was allegedly plagued by violence and self-harm, and he was quoted as saying he had introduced the singer to heroin and crack cocaine.

The book, based on 40 hours of footage, photographs and interviews, revealed how frail she had become, and the struggles she faced trying to write music just a few years after the enormous success of her second album, Back to Black, which became one of the best-selling albums in British history.

She died from a drink and drugs overdose in July 2011.

Halcyon Studio chief executive, David Ellender, said the team was ‘honoured’ to be working on the project.

He said: ‘Although her career was cut far too short, Amy was the voice of a generation and we look forward to telling her story in the most poignant way possible.’

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