Broadchurch producer Kudos is set to answer another five-alarm call, announcing that it’s developing upcoming female firefighter memoir Through the Fire to series. Written by renowned senior firefighter Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and set to be published by Transworld in Spring 2019, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd (Grantchester, DCI Banks) will serve as executive producer, along with Kudos Chief Executive Diederick Santer. The series would mark Kudos’s second venture into the subject of firefighting, having produced the The Smoke starring Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) for Sky in 2014.
Here’s how publisher Transworld describes the memoir’s overall theme:
In Through the Fire, she [Dr. Cohen-Hatton] will draw on and unpack her experiences to reveal the realities of firefighting, including the skills and qualities that are essential to surviving in such a fast-paced, high-pressured and emotionally-charged working environment.
For her part, Cohen-Hatton is excited to introduce audiences to the realities and dangers of firefighting. She says:
“I hope the book will reveal the human side of firefighting, the ordinary people who work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary things, rather than the superhuman face of firefighting that is often presented to us.”
Dr. Cohen-Hatton serves as deputy assistant commissioner for the London Fire Brigade. She has been at the scene for a number of major incidents, including the Westminster terrorist attack in March 2017 and 2015’s Holborn fire. Holding a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience, Dr. Cohen-Hatton has won numerous awards for her research into incident command in emergency services. Transworld Editor Lizzy Goudsmit says of the memoir:
“Sabrina is one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. I am hugely inspired by her resilience, warmth, knowledge and humour. In Through the Fire she takes us right to the heart of firefighting, from moments of devastation and crisis to the quieter moments when these assumed heroes question themselves, their choices, the decisions they’ve made in the most unforgiving of circumstances. This promises to be an honest, eloquent, empowering book full of important lessons for real life.”