Writer/Shed-Dweller

For 20 years, I sat in various offices and wrote scripts in my lunch hour and evenings. It’s been a busy few years since I wrote my first episode of HOLBY CITY for the BBC in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, I worked on VERA and HOME FIRES for ITV, before adapting Lynda La Plante’s bestseller TENNISON into the six-part series PRIME SUSPECT 1973 for ITV and PBS Masterpiece. Last year I wrote the fifth episode of GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL series three, which was broadcast on ITV on Easter Sunday, 2020.

Currently, I am lead writer on the 8-part thriller PONIES. Next up, shooting in early 2021, is THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE, a brand new crime drama from Expectation, Acorn TV and BBC Studios.

I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL (2020)

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

PRIME SUSPECT 1973 (2017)

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 the spring of 2017, the opening episode was watched by 7.35 million viewers and the series averaged 6.1m across its six episodes, becoming ITV’s second biggest Thursday night drama in five years, behind Unforgotten.

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. Now available on Netflix, BritBox and iTunes etc.

ONE LAST DANCE (2016)

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 and New York Short Film Festival.

VERA (2015-2016)

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 (2016)

I wrote on the second and final series of ITV’s Second World War drama HOME FIRES.  The series is on Netflix and BritBox.

HOLBY CITY (2013-2014)

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I took part on 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 the elephant pox and Tom Jones impersonator in it.

THE PAINTING (2011)

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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 (2012)

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 (2012)

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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) at the 2014 Gainditzen Film Festival, Spain..

All enquiries: Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

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