Graham Norton's debut novel, Holding, will be produced for television by the former boss of EastEnders.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who served as executive producer of the soap for almost three years, announced that Blueprint Television has won the rights to the chat show host's book, about a murder in a rural Irish community.
Dominic, who is now head of television at the production company that made films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and In Bruges, wrote on Twitter:
-- DomTreadwellCollins (@dominictc) October 13, 2016
In his last few months running the BBC soap, he oversaw the death of Peggy Mitchell and the return of Ross Kemp as her son Grant.
Graham launched his novel with a party at London department store Liberty on Wednesday night, where he joked he had sold the rights for enough money to buy the shop.