Production house Screentime and ABC TV are developing a six-part miniseries based on Anzac nurses' stories to mark the centenary of World War I and Gallipoli.

The series, which is currently in advanced development, is based on Peter Rees’ book The Other Anzacs, sourced from original letters, diaries and personal stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in World War I. The screenplay is being written by Felicity Packard (MDA; Underbelly) and Niki Aken (Underbelly: Badness).

In a statement, ABC head of fiction Carole Sklan said: "It is moving and humbling to touch the lives of these real women through their letters, diaries and photographs. We feel privileged to dramatise their journey.”

The series is being executive produced by Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick and ABC TV’s Carole Sklan and David Ogilvy.

Screentime executive chairman Des Monaghan said the women's remarkable stories will present the Anzac legend from a compelling new perspective.

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