Company Pictures is developing an adaptation of 24-year-old Zadie Smith's debut novel White Teeth for the BBC, writes Ashley Davies.
The indie is on the verge of commissioning writers to turn the novel into a script for a 4 x 60-minute drama serial.

The book, which has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, is set in multicultural Britain and is about 'how we all got here' from various parts of the world.

A BBC spokesman would only confirm that a script had been commissioned.

But Company joint managing directors Charles Pattinson and George Faber are likely to executive produce the drama if they secure a full-blown commission.

The indie's latest production, Anna Karenina, is currently airing on Channel 4.