The producers of Sex Education are set to front a new major TV series based on the Kane and Abel book trilogy by Jeffrey Archer.

It will be based on the books Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President, which were written by Archer between 1977 and 1982.

The plot concerns two men obsessed with destroying each other and their descendants.

The TV series will be adapted for television by Eleven, the producers of Sex Education and Ten Pound Poms, as well as Sony Television International.

The Northern Echo: The series will be based off the Kane and Abel trilogy by Jeffrey ArcherThe series will be based off the Kane and Abel trilogy by Jeffrey Archer (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

Archer 'thrilled' to be working on Kane and Abel series

The series will be written by His Dark Materials’ Sarah Quintrell and executive produced by Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell for Eleven, and James Baker and James Archer for The Jeffrey Archer Company.

Speaking on the series Archer said: “I am thrilled to be working with Sony, Joel and the Eleven Productions team, and Sarah, to reimagine the Kane and Abel Trilogy for a new TV series.”

Meanwhile, Quintrell said: “It’s exciting to be adapting Jeffrey’s epic and extraordinary Kane and Abel trilogy.

“The big themes of power, privilege, pride, love and loss, exploring what man does to man and the ramifications of our behaviour across generations, feel incredibly timely.

“The bold storytelling and wonderful twists and hooks meant I couldn’t put the novels down. It’s a writer’s dream to adapt such a rollercoaster ride especially alongside Joel, Sophie and the brilliant team at Eleven.”

Kane and Abel is one of the best-selling books in the world and has sold 37 million copies to date and is in its 132nd reprint.

The book was previously adapted into a miniseries in 1985, starring Peter Strauss as Abel Rosnovski and Sam Neill as William Kane.

There have also been two Indian adaptations, as well as a Hindi movie based on the book.