Glen Laker – Scriptwriter

I’ve worked on television drama, features, commercials and shorts. In 2017, I adapted Lynda La Plante’s bestseller TENNISON into the six-part series PRIME SUSPECT 1973 for ITV and PBS Masterpiece. I’ve also written episodes of VERA and HOME FIRES for ITV, and HOLBY CITY for the BBC. I’m currently writing new stuff, which will be broadcast in 2019. More on that soon.

I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

PRIME SUSPECT 1973 (UK) / PRIME SUSPECT TENNISON (US)

I’ve read everything Lynda La Plante has published and watched all her crime drama on TV. Since 1992, I’ve wanted to write an episode of Prime Suspect, but by the time I broke into the industry, it had been off-air for years. Then in early 2016, I got a call asking if I wanted to adapt Lynda’s book TENNISON into a six-part series for ITV.

A wonderful cast, led by Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong and Ruth Sheen. Directed by David Caffrey, it’s a co-production between ITV and Noho Film & Television. Unfortunately it won’t be back for a second series, but the first one was a success. Each episode watched by over 6m when it screened on ITV in early 2017. It’s now available on Netflix, iTunes and DVD.

 

ONE LAST DANCE

Multi award-winning short film starring Jonathan Pryce and Shane Attwooll, directed by Luke Losey, shown at festivals worldwide, including Rhode Island Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival, New York Short Film Festival, Manchester Intl Film Festival.

VERA

I wrote episode 2 – Tuesday’s Child – of Vera series 6. Broadcast in February 2016 on ITV. Directed by Jill Robertson, starring Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty, with Jo Hartley, Sean Gilder, Rakie Ayola, Joe Dixon, Jason Done and Brian Fletcher. It’s the one that starts with a body in a cave and ends at the fairground.

Before that, I wrote episode three – Muddy Waters – of series 5, starring Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty, with Mark Bonnar, Alex Reid, Mark Womack, Jennifer Hennessy, Aisling Franciosi and Lee Ross. Directed by Stewart Svaasand. It’s the smelly one with the body in the slurry pit.

HOME FIRES

I wrote on the second series of ITV’s hit Second World War drama HOME FIRES.  The series is now available to view on Netflix.

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HOLBY CITY

I graduated from the 2012/2013 Holby City Writers Scheme and wrote the episode “CRUSH” (S16 E33) for the BBC’s popular medical drama. It was the one with elephant pox and a Tom Jones impersonator in it. Broadcast on BBC1 on 27th May 2014.

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THE PAINTING

A few years ago now, I made this 6-minute drama, starring Simon Paisley Day and Lesley Vickerage. Screened at festivals, including Paris and London. 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.

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CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

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) at the 2014 Gainditzen Film Festival, Spain..

2013 BBC Holby City New Writers Scheme
2012 Red Planet Screenwriting Prize (finalist)
2000 BBC Scriptwriting Award
1978 100m Swimming Certificate

All enquiries: Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

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