Episode 1 went down really well. 5.4 million viewers tuned in on the night and the reviews have been brilliant. I was quite overawed by the publicity and the hype, so watched the first ep with alcohol and popcorn within easy reach. But what a relief to see so many people embrace our new WPC Jane Tennison. Phew.
But episode 1 was just the starting point. The first hour in a big six-hour story about what happens to WPC Jane Tennison to set her on the road to becoming the formidable DCI we all know. Now the hares have been set racing and the characters introduced, Jane gets stuck into her first murder investigation and what happens over the next few episodes will change her forever. Enjoy!
Here’s the trailer for episodes 2 and 3…
Prime Suspect 1973 makes the Pick of the day in all the TV magazines, including this brilliant review in the TV Times. Phew! Starts ITV, Thursday 2nd March at 9pm.
Prime Suspect 1973 – TV Times Review
Check out the new trailer for Prime Suspect 1973. Starts on ITV: Thursday 2nd March 2017.
Brilliant new poster for Prime Suspect 1973 (Prime Suspect Tennison in the US) from PBS Masterpiece.
Well, this is some exciting news. As production has now wrapped, I’m allowed to let the cat out of the bag. For the last few months, I’ve been locked in the shed scripting the six-part adaptation of Lynda LaPlante’s bestseller “Tennison” for ITV. An amazing cast includes Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Alun Armstrong, Blake Harrison and Ruth Sheen. It is the prequel to Prime Suspect. Set in 1973, it follows Jane Tennison in her first year as a WPC. On your telly boxes some time in 2017…
Home Fires series 2 begins on April 3rd, 8pm on ITV. I wrote on the series, which was really enjoyable. Brilliant characters to write and a wonderful cast to write for.
Wowsers. Pick of the day in What’s On TV, TV Times and Radio Times. Five star review too, for Tuesday’s Child, episode 2 of Vera series 6.
Men With Ven are a brilliant band based in Whitstable who, aware that I am a man who spends half his life sitting in a shed, asked me to come up with some lyrics for their song “Down The Shed”. I was bloody chuffed that they actually used some of them – and gave me a co-writer credit to boot. No sign of a royalty cheque yet, though. They assure me it’s in the post.
Here’s the video! My shed features in it, of course.
I wrote the second episode of ITV’s hit crime drama Vera. “Tuesday’s Child” will be broadcast in the UK, on ITV1 and ITV1 HD on Sunday 7th February 2016. I hope you all enjoy it.
I’ve seen it and couldn’t be happier. It’s a cracking episode, with some wonderful guest performances. Heart-wrenching stuff. In fact, I think this series is going to be the best Vera yet. There are four really strong, emotional episodes, including the adaptation of Ann Cleeves’ latest Vera novel The Moth Catcher in episode 3.
Here’s the official trailer for Vera Series 6:
Some exciting news. The sixth series of Vera begins on ITV in the UK, at 8pm on Sunday 31st January 2016. No news yet on US or other international air dates. The episodes for the series (writers in brackets) are:
- Dark Road (Martha Hillier)
- Tuesday’s Child (Glen Laker) – 7th Feb
- The Moth Catcher (Paul Matthew Thompson) – 14th Feb
- The Sea Glass (Martha Hillier) – 21st Feb
Here is the promo for series/season 6: