Glen Laker – Writer

Welcome to my website. I write scripts for the telly. It’s been a busy few years since I wrote my first episode of HOLBY CITY for the BBC. I’ve since worked on VERA and HOME FIRES for ITV, adapted Lynda La Plante’s bestseller TENNISON into the six-part series PRIME SUSPECT 1973 for ITV and PBS Masterpiece and written for GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL.

I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL

I wrote the fifth episode of the third series of ITV’s medical drama GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, broadcast on ITV1, Easter Sunday 2020.

PRIME SUSPECT 1973

I scripted the six-part prequel to Prime Suspect for ITV and PBS Masterpiece, adapted from the bestseller “Tennison” by Lynda La Plante. On its broadcast on ITV1 in 2017, the series averaged 6.1m across its six episodes.

Adapted by Glen Laker. Cast: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong and Ruth Sheen. Directed by David Caffrey. Co-production between ITV, PBS and Noho Film & Television. Available on Netflix, Amazon, BritBox and Apple TV etc.

ONE LAST DANCE

Award-winning short film written by Glen Laker, starring Jonathan Pryce and Shane Attwooll, directed by Luke Losey, shown at festivals worldwide, including Rhode Island Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival and New York Short Film Festival.

VERA

The series are all up on Netflix, ITVPlayer and BritBox. I wrote episode 2 – Tuesday’s Child – of series 6. Directed by Jill Robertson, starring the brilliant Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty, with Jo Hartley, Sean Gilder, Rakie Ayola, Joe Dixon, Jason Done and Brian Fletcher. It’s the one set around a fairground.

Before that, I wrote episode three – Muddy Waters – of series 5, with Mark Bonnar, Alex Reid, Mark Womack, Jennifer Hennessy, Aisling Franciosi and Lee Ross. Directed by Stewart Svaasand. It’s the one with the body in the slurry pit. And no, that wasn’t real slurry.

HOME FIRES

I worked on the second and final series of ITV’s Second World War drama HOME FIRES alongside lead writer Simon Block.

HOLBY CITY (2013-2014)

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I took part on the Holby City Writers Scheme and went on to write for the series, contributing storylines and the episode “CRUSH” . It was the one with the elephant pox and Tom Jones impersonator in it.

THE PAINTIN

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I wrote, edited and directed this 6-minute drama, starring Simon Paisley Day (Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker, Sherlock, Doctor Who) and Lesley Vickerage (Friday Night Dinner, Inspector Lynley Mysteries). Screened at festivals, including Paris and London. Full film available to view on the Videos page.

THE BOY IN THE OAK

I wrote this short film, which screened at Cannes 2013. Based on the beautifully illustrated book by Jessica Albarn. Directed by Luke Losey and narrated by Jude Law, with an original score by Damon Albarn. The film is now available to view on the video page.

CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

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An Olympics-themed 30-min drama written by Glen Laker, directed by Bim Ajadi, broadcast on Film 4 during the 2012 London Olympics. It won BEST BRITISH FILM at the 2013 Deaffest: The UK’s International Deaf Film & Arts Festival and 5 awards (including Best Writer) at the Gainditzen Film Festival, Spain..

All enquiries: Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

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