PBS develops The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel The Signature of All Things is being adapted for television by US public broadcaster PBS.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

The network’s Masterpiece strand has optioned rights to the book, which is set in the 19th Century and follows a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman who is struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women’s lives are confined to the domestic sphere.

Masterpiece, produced by WGBH Boston, is developing the project with UK production company Origin Pictures.

Emily Ballou is adapting the novel for television.