Glen Laker – Scriptwriter

Hello. I’m a writer, I work in a shed and occasionally the stuff I write there is read by actors who are then filmed by talented folks who somehow make it all look and sound much better than it ever did in my shed.

I adapted Lynda La Plante’s bestseller TENNISON into the six-part series PRIME SUSPECT 1973 for ITV and PBS Masterpiece. Before that, I did a couple of episodes of VERA, some HOME FIRES for ITV and a bit of HOLBY CITY for the BBC. Prior to that, I had a day-job for 20 years and lofty dreams of being a scriptwriter. I know, I can’t believe it either.

Next up is the third series of GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, which will be on ITV in 2020. I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL (SERIES 3)

I wrote episode five of the third series of ITV’s medical drama GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL. It’s going to be on ITV in early 2020.

PRIME SUSPECT 1973/TENNISON (SERIES 1)

The original Prime Suspect was the reason I wanted to write TV crime drama, so couldn’t believe my luck when, two decades later, I got asked to script the prequel. Still not sure how that happened. Obviously, it owes a massive debt to the brilliant Lynda La Plante, from whose bestseller Tennison the show was adapted. The six-parter aired around the world in 2017 and 2018 and is now available to stream. 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.

VERA (Series 5 and 6)

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 equally brilliant support from Jo Hartley, Sean Gilder, Rakie Ayola, Joe Dixon, Jason Done and Brian Fletcher. It’s the one set around a fairground. It was a blast.

Before that, I wrote episode 3 – Muddy Waters – of series 5, with the amazing supporting cast including 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 the boy on the quad bike.

ONE LAST DANCE (SHORT FILM)

Award-winning short film starring Jonathan Pryce (GAME OF THRONES, TWO POPES) and Shane Attwooll (DARK RIVER, LEGEND), directed by Luke Losey, shown at festivals worldwide, including Rhode Island Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival and New York Short Film Festival.

HOME FIRES (Series 2)

I wrote on the second and, alas, final series of ITV’s Second World War drama HOME FIRES. Shame they axed this one, as it had fantastic actors and crew. The series is now on Netflix and BritBox.

HOLBY CITY (Series 17 and 18)

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I took part on the Holby City Writers Scheme and wrote the episode “CRUSH” (S16 E33) for the BBC’s popular medical drama. It was the one with the elephant pox and Tom Jones impersonator in it. I only thought I’d get to do one episode before television realised I was a fraud, so put all my ideas in it.

THE PAINTING (SHORT FILM)

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I directed, wrote and edited this 6-minute drama, starring Simon Paisley Day (DOCTOR WHO, SHERLOCK) and Lesley Vickerage (INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES, SOLDIER SOLDIER). Screened at festivals around the world, including Paris and London. Available to view on the Videos page.

THE BOY IN THE OAK (SHORT FILM)

I wrote this short concept 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 (SHORT FILM)

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An Olympics-themed 30-min drama directed by Bim Ajadi, broadcast on Film 4 during London 2012. It won BEST BRITISH FILM at the 2013 Deaffest: The UK’s International Deaf Film & Arts Festival and 5 awards (including Best Writer, woohoo!) at the 2014 Gainditzen Film Festival, Spain..

All enquiries: Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

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