Dawn French's best-selling novel to get TV treatment

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Dawn French's debut novel is being adapted for the small screen.

A Tiny Bit Marvellous - the book published in 2011 about a dysfunctional family - will be broadcast on ITV, the Daily Mirror reports.

Twins Emma and Beth Kilcoyne, who worked on Dawn's 2010 series Roger & Val Have Just Got In, are adapting the comedy drama.

Dawn French
Dawn French (Ian West/PA)

A source said that it was unlikely that Dawn would want to play the lead role - Mo Battle who is facing the menopause and approaching 50 - but could play a more minor character.

"Dawn loved working with the twins so much on Roger & Val she thought of them straight away when adapting her debut novel into a series," the source told the newspaper.

"Dawn believes she's now too old at 59 to play the mother character."