Bad Wolf has optioned the dramatic rights in Beth O’Leary’s bestselling novel The No-Show from Sheila David of Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency.


In The No-Show, three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man, with each of them being stood up on Valentine’s Day by the elusive Joseph Carter. O’Leary’s fourth Sunday Times bestselling novel, The No-Show is a joyful yet heartbreaking story about dating, and waiting, and the ways love can find us.


O’Leary’s books have been translated into over 30 languages and The Flatshare has sold over a million copies globally. In the UK & Ireland, O’Leary’s novels have sold over 1.5 million copies. Each one has hit the Sunday Times bestseller lists in both hardback and paperback, and her debut, The Flatshare, is currently in post-production with Paramount +.


O’Leary, executive producer of the adaptation, said: “I couldn’t be happier that Bad Wolf are developing The No-Show for television. The Bad Wolf team are so passionate and creative; discussing our vision for the series was totally exhilarating, because we were so clearly on the same page. I can’t wait to bring Siobhan, Jane and Miranda to the screen together.”


David, of Darley Anderson Agency, said: “I’m thrilled to have optioned this beautiful and bruising book to Bad Wolf. They are an excellent creative fit and we will look forward to seeing them take The No-Show from the page to the screen.”


Jane Tranter, of Bad Wolf, said: “Beth’s unique tone of voice and talent for weaving surprising, thoughtful stories makes this book perfect for a TV adaptation. THE NO-SHOW is a rare thing, a story that warms and breaks the heart in equal measure. This is a smart, sexy tale of modern love with a twist, and it’s a project we’re thrilled to be working on.”


For any rights enquiries, please contact Sheila David ( or Mary Darby ( The No-Show was originally published on April 12, 2022 in the UK by Quercus Books, and in the U.S. by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Photo credit Holly Bobbins.