HRF Keating’s Inspector Ghote novels optioned by Endemol Shine India


Endemol Shine India has optioned classic detective series Inspector Ghote by HRF Keating, for adaptation into a multi-part television series. The series follows Inspector Ganesh V. Ghote, an officer in the Bombay Police Force.

Keating’s series began with The Perfect Murder in 1964 and won the British Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award. Success led to a further 25 Ghote tiles over a 45-year period before Keating’s death in 2011.

TV Rights were acquired by Endemol Shine India from broadcast agent James Carroll at Northbank Talent Management on behalf of Peter Buckman at The Ampersand Agency.


To coincide with the reprinting of the novels by Severn House this year, Keating’s widow, actress Sheila Mitchell, has written a new biography of her husband, to be published by Leven House. At the age of 94, this is Mitchell’s literary debut.

Mitchell commented: “I am absolutely thrilled that Harry is being celebrated in so many ways some nine years after he died and I am quite sure that, with Endemol Shine India’s reputation, they will find a way not only to bring the essential Ghote to the screen but also that their adaptation will introduce him to new generations.”

Henry Reymond Fitzwaller Keating was born in Sussex in 1926. After a period working as a journalist, including 15 years as the crime books reviewer at The Times, he published his first novel in 1959, and the first of the Inspector Ghote series in 1964.

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