Nancy Drew grows up

Nancy Drew (centre, Kennedy McMann) and her friends (from left) George (Leah Lewis), Ned (Tunji Kasim), Bess (Maddison Jaizani) and Ace (Alex Saxon).
Nancy Drew (centre, Kennedy McMann) and her friends (from left) George (Leah Lewis), Ned (Tunji Kasim), Bess (Maddison Jaizani) and Ace (Alex Saxon). PHOTO: 20TH CENTURY FOX

The new classic girl-detective TV series touches on darker, more adult themes, but retains the spirit of the books

Some young readers of the classic Nancy Drew mysteries may find themselves banned by their parents from watching the new television version. It is darker and more adult than the wholesome books - and the scrappy girl detective has sex.

"The show's not necessarily designed for 12-year-olds," says executive producer Stephanie Savage, who developed the series with Josh Schwartz, her co-creator on another sexy teenage drama, Gossip Girl (2007 to 2012).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Nancy Drew grows up'. Print Edition | Subscribe