Murder in Successville has been shortlisted for best comedy programme at the Broadcast Awards. TWC clients Joel Morris, Jason Hazeley and Nico Tatarowicz all write for the show, which stars Tom Davis as DI Sleet, who enlists a different celebrity each week to help solve a murder. Series 2 just finished airing on BBC2.
We’re thrilled for our client Sian McWilliams, who script-edited series two of Channel 4’s acclaimed show Humans. The show returns on Sunday 30th October at 9pm and is produced by Kudos for Channel 4 and AMC.
Emma Frost pens Zelda Fitzgerald biopic starring Jennifer Lawrence, Ron Howard in talks to direct
The Writers’ Company is thrilled to share the news that Emma Frost’s screenplay “Zelda” – about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife and muse of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald – is in development with Jennifer Lawrence set to star and Ron Howard in talks to direct. Allison Shearmur and Brian Oliver are producing.
Zelda was dubbed by her husband as “the first American Flapper,” but her life descended into madness after she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Desperate to define herself through her own art, she used writing and painting as a form of expression and the film explores the question: Can love exist between creative equals?
Emma is showrunner on “The White Princess”, currently in production for Starz. The 8-part series is the follow up to 2013’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “The White Queen”. Her other credits include Jamaica Inn (Origin/BBC), The Man in the High Castle (Big Light/Amazon Prime), The Tunnel (Kudos/Sky) and Shameless (Company Pictures/Channel 4).
Ed Reardon is back and struggling to make sense of life at university as he returns to education. Written by and starring Christopher Douglas, you can listen to Ed Reardon’s Week on Radio 4 at 6:30pm on Tuesdays, or catch up on iPlayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r5ck
The first episode of Morgana Robinson’s The Agency airs tonight at 10pm on BBC2. The Writers’ Company client Nico Tatarowicz has written extensively on the show, which is designed to showcase the dazzling impersonations of Morgana Robinson, sending up all the celebrities we know and love.
We’re thrilled that Christopher Douglas’ adaption of George Gissing’s ‘New Grub Street’ is now airing on Radio 4 and is being so well received. Written and narrated by Chris, you catch up with both parts on iPlayer.
We are thrilled that Channel 4 has commissioned Lisa McGee’s sitcom, Derry Girls. Set in the run-up to the ceasefire, the comedy follows 16-year old Erin and her friends and family as they live through the Troubles. Though there may be police in the streets and Army check points on the way to school, Erin has bigger things to worry about, like boys, bullies and her insane family.
Lisa grew up in Derry in the 1990s and said “Anything set during the Troubles tends to be a bit grim and bleak, but that just wasn’t my experience of Derry as a child and a teenager, it was a joyful place. I’d like to celebrate that. It was also hugely matriarchal, so I was keen we have a large and varied cast of female characters. There were other things going on in Northern Ireland at that time, there were other stories, I’m excited to have the opportunity to tell some of them.”
Derry Girls is written by Lisa McGee and executive produced by Caroline Leddy (Friday Night Dinner, London Irish, The Inbetweeners) and Liz Lewin (Crashing, London Irish, My Mad Fat Diary). It was commissioned by Nerys Evans, Deputy Head of Comedy and Phil Clarke, Acting Head of Drama & Head of Comedy.
D.I Sleet returns to BBC Three with series 2 of the popular improvised show MURDER IN SUCCESSVILLE.
The show, made by Tiger Aspect Productions, sees an unholy amount of celebrity murders as D.I Sleet (played by Tom Davis) along with a new celebrity rookie each week, set about to solve the crime. This series we are joined by the likes of Vicky Pattison, Mark Wright and Emma Bunton as the willing newbies.
We are delighted that we have a strong TWC presence on this series, with episode 1 having been co-written, along with Tom Davis, by Nico Tatarowicz, and episodes 2 and 4 by Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley. The last episode of the series, number 6, is an amalgamation of material from Nico, Joel, Jason and Tom.
More info on each of the episodes can be found HERE and you can catch the first episode on BBC iplayer from 10am on Wednesday June 15th.
In line with the start of the Euros, a new children’s football drama, based on a series of books about young schoolboy footballer JAMIE JOHNSON, comes to CBBC. And we are thrilled that our very own Shaun Duggan is heading up the writing team.
The series begins June 13th – 15th at 5pm on CBBC.
Take a look at some behind the scenes footage to wet your appetites HERE
Our favourite idiot, Philomena Cunk, returns to our screens for a one off special on Shakespeare as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare’s season. The character, written and created by Joel Morris, Jason Hazeley and Charlie Brooker, and performed by Diane Morgan, has been a regular on BBC2 for some time now featuring in Charlie Brooker’s Weekly and End of Year Wipes – only this time, Philomena takes centre stage with her unique wisdom.
The show, produced by Charlie’s company House of Tomorrow, will show at 10pm on Wednesday 11th May.
More details on the BBC’s seasons can be found HERE
Maya Sondhi’s play SKET opened at the Park Theatre this week and is already receiving glowing reviews. The production, directed by Prav MJ at the Finsbury Park venue, follows a group of teenagers at an inner London school as they explore the complex issues that surround them during these difficult years.
The production features a talented cast including Laura Gardiner, Olivia Elsden, Tessie Orange-Turner, Dave Perry, Tom Ratcliffe, Romario Simpson and Anna O’Grady.
Links to reviews can be found below. Further information and booking info can be found HERE. The play runs until May 14th 2016.
CBBC has announced a brand new children’s drama inspired by the book series JAMIE JOHNSON, and Shaun Duggan will be lead writer, writing at least 4 of the 10 episode series.
The books, written by Dan Freedman – a former Football Association editor, will coincide with the Euro 2016 championships. The series is produced by Short Form Films and follows eleven year old Jamie Johnson as he deals with the things an eleven year old boy has to face. And like most young boys of his age, he lives and breathes football!
Louis Dunn will star in the title role as well as a host of young talent including Patrick Ward, Olivia Lava and Jonnie Kimmins. The series will also feature cameos from the likes of Gary Lineker, Ruud Gullit and Notts County FC’s Roy Carroll.
Cheryl Taylor, Controller for CBBC says:
“Jamie Johnson is a wonderful new drama coming to CBBC this summer – tying in perfectly with the Euros. Although the underlying theme is football, the series is not just for football fans. The storylines have a really wide appeal for all the family…”
..and has also announced the recommissioning of the second series, production of which to start this August.
Congratulations to the team of Charlie Brooker’s ELECTION WIPE 2015 for their BAFTA nomination for ‘Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme.’
The highly popular BBC2 show made by House of Tomorrow, has a team of talent behind it including Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris amongst the writing team.
Other candidates in the category include HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU (BBC1), QI (BBC2) and WOULD I LIE TO YOU (BBC1).
INDIAN SUMMERS returns to Channel 4 and we are thrilled that Lisa McGee has also rejoined the team writing episodes 2 and 4 for this eagerly awaited new series.
The series, created by Paul Rutman for New Pictures, is set three years after the events of the first and we see the return of familiar characters such as Alice Havistock and Cynthia Coffin played expertly by Jemima West and Julie Walters . Nikesh Patel and Craig Parkinson also return to the cast.
If you missed the opening episode, you can catch up HERE
Episodes 2 and 4 – both by Lisa McGee – will be shown on Channel 4 on 20th March and 3rd April at 9pm.
ITV press centre has announced its plans to commission a 3 x 60 drama, TINA AND BOBBY, written by Lauren Klee. The drama based on Tina Moore’s memoir, Bobby Moore: By The Person Who Knew Him Best, tells the love story between an ordinary Essex girl marrying an extraordinarily talented footballer and the life of the very first ‘golden couple.’
Creative Director Kieran Roberts will exec produce the project and Kat Reynolds is script exec. Casting details yet to be confirmed.
Full details of the press release can be found HERE
If you haven’t caught it yet, here’s another chance to catch Martyn Hesford’s wonderful play TITTLE TATTLE today at 2.15pm on BBC Radio 4. Produced and directed by Gary Brown, TITTLE TATTLE is a delightful story about a chance meeting between Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey. This play features the talents of Adam Godley, David Charles, Janine Duvitski and Marcia Warren.
It is 1964 and the ‘Carry On’ films are at the height of their popularity. Kenneth Williams is taking his mother Louie out for afternoon tea to celebrate her 60th birthday. He makes sure it is in a ‘select’ tea room – Derry and Toms. But who does he bump into? None other than fellow ‘Carry On’ actor Charles Hawtrey and his mother Alice. Charles is meeting a director about an upcoming film, but he is being very secretive as to who this mystery person is.
Dana Fainaru’s episode of DEATH IN PARADISE will be on tonight Thursday 11th February at 9pm.
This popular show produced by Red Planet for BBC One, is now in its sixth series, and Dana’s episode has already enjoyed an array of positive press including Pick of the Day for Radio Times, and has been recommended as today’s TV viewing highlights in The Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, The Telegraph, The Sun and Metro.
The show cast includes Kris Marshall (Love Actually, My Family) and Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf) and tonight’s episode guest stars Tara FitzGerald as Anouk Laban.
The long awaited follow up to THE WHITE QUEEN, adapted by Emma Frost from Philippa Gregory’s best selling novels, has finally been greenlit by Starz channel.
THE WHITE PRINCESS currently in pre-production, is an eight part series for the channel, continues the story of the tumultuous marriage between Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor and the forever raging battle between the Houses of Tudor and York.
We are thrilled to announce that Emma Frost is returning to serve as showrunner. Alongside Emma are Philippa Gregory, Playground Entertainments’ Colin Calender and Company Pictures’ Michele Buck as the shows exec producers, and Lachlan MacKinnon as producer.
Stephen Russell’s single about the making of Dad’s Army – WE’RE DOOMED! – has won the hearts of viewers and reviewers.
The Christmas one off for the BBC, which was shown several times over the holiday period, has gained excellent reviews –
“..This was an affectionate and entertaining account, which made me want to look back at the original series..” (The Times)
“…it’s very hard not to like, whether you are Dad’s Army’s biggest fan…or you’ve never seen a single episode. It is more than a Dad’s Army luv-in, it’s a portrait of a working partnership working very well” (The Guardian)
“Stephen Russell’s wonderfully witty script” (The Telegraph)
See full reviews below.
This wonderful story can still be viewed on iPlayer HERE
This Christmas on ITV brings HARRY PRICE: GHOST HUNTER to our screens courtesy of Bentley Productions. The show is based on the book THE GHOST HUNTERS by Neil Spring and stars Rafe Spall in the title role.
We are especially pleased as ex TWC-er Aimee Rowling is the script exec on the show.
Do tune in for some rather un-festively spooky Christmas viewing on Sunday 27th December at 8.30pm on ITV.
The third series of CRACKANORY returns to Channel Dave featuring an exciting list of talent including Morgana Robinson, Christopher Lloyd and Jimmy Carr retelling the darkly comic stories.
This series our very own Nico Tatarowicz returns to write two more episodes entitled ‘Uncivil War’ and ‘Dread and Breakfast’ which are being narrated by Paul Whitehouse and Carrie Fisher.
You can catch up on all the episodes on UKTV Play here or click the link below:
Stephen Russell’s script about the making of Dad’s Army now entitled “WE’RE DOOMED!” premieres on BBC Two Tuesday 22nd December at 9pm with a repeat showing on Christmas day at 10.20pm.
The show hosts an array of talent including an excellent cast featuring Richard Dormer as David Croft, our very own Paul Ritter as Jimmy Perry, Mark Heap, Julian Sands, Sally Phillips and John Sessions as Arthur Lowe. It is directed by Steve Bendelack.
The trailer can be seen HERE.
We are delighted to announce that Manish Pandey joins us here at TWC!
Manish is responsible for SENNA, the documentary film based on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. As well as being a commercial success grossing over £3m in the UK and a total worldwide box office of over $11m, the film also received critical acclaim winning 2 BAFTAS as well as numerous other awards and nominations.
As well as being hugely talented, Manish is also an orthopaedic surgeon and a really nice guy!…..he really does have it all and we are thrilled to have him on board.
Wonderful reviews for Nicola Wilson’s new play PLAQUES AND TANGLES at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square with The Independent giving it stars and stating it as “…a terrific feat of imagination and vividly marshalled fact..”
The Sunday Times also gives the play four stars:
“Is it better to know or not to know? This question is central to Nicola Wilson’s accomplished and moving new play about early- onset Alzheimer’s…”
Full reviews can be found below.
The play sees Monica Dolan giving a terrific performance as Megan and Ferdy Roberts as Jez, and is directed by Lucy Morrison.
It runs until November 21st.
We are delighted to announce that the Park Theatre will host the world premier of SKET, Maya Sondhi’s darkly comic and gritty play about a group of teenagers at a inner city school. Although the cast is yet to be decided, Prav MJ of PMJ Productions is onboard to direct.
Preview start on the 19th April 2016, and the production will run until 14th May. More information about the play and booking details can be found on the Park’s website.
Nicola Wilson’s new play PLAQUES AND TANGLES officially opens tonight at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The previews have seen an emotional response from theatre goers due to it’s difficult subject matter and brilliant performances by the cast.
Monica Dolan heads up the cast as the character Megan, in which she plays a woman who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer’s. You can read an interview with Monica discussing her role HERE.
Tickets for the play are selling fast with many nights already sold out – visit the royal Court website for details and to book.
Penguin launch a series of spoof Ladybird books written by our very own Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. The books, aimed at the adult market, feature the original Ladybird artwork and are a tongue in cheek take on the popular children’s books which celebrate it’s 100th birthday this year.
The books, which were due to be published in November, are already receiving much attention ahead of their release which has now been brought forward to October 29th.
The series of eight books include:
– The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness
– The Ladybird Book of the Hipster
– The Ladybird Book of Dating
– The Ladybird Book of Sheds
– The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis
– The Ladybird Book of the Hangover
– How it Works: The Husband
– How it Works: The Wife
More details on the titles can be found at Penguin UK’s website, here.
We are excited to be representing the film and TV rights in Luana Lewis’s new psychological suspense novel, FORGET ME NOT, which is published in the UK next month by Transworld Publishers, a division of Random House.
A tragic suicide?
When Rose’s daughter, Vivian, is found dead of a suspected suicide, Rose has questions nobody can answer. Wasn’t Vivian living the perfect life? A caring husband, a sweet little girl of her own.
Or the perfect murder?
But as the police investigation develops, their findings raise new questions. Did Vivian kill herself, or was she attacked? If so, who has something to hide?
As Rose struggles to piece together the secrets of her daughter’s life, the cracks in the family begin to show. But once Rose knows the answers, there’s no going back…
A gripping thriller perfect for fans of Daughter, The Book of You and C L Taylor’s The Lie.
About the Author
Luana Lewis is a clinical psychologist and author of two non-fiction books. As well as writing for several newspapers, magazines and journals, she has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has also attended workshops at Arvon and City Lit.
Praise for Luana Lewis
‘A real heart-racing chiller’ Samantha Hayes
‘Not to be missed’ Daily Mail
‘This is a wonderfully tense story, full of characters who may or may not be telling the truth. Compellingly, creepy – not one to read while home alone.’ Glamour
‘A stunning debut psychological thriller.’ The Sun
OLD TIMES, the Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s play directed by Douglas Hodge for Roundabout Theatre, opens with glowing reviews, praising the production, direction, play and cast.
“Douglas Hodge…lets this 1971 play flow effortlessly through its currents and eddies, allowing each character to have a few funny moments, a loud freak out and then slip back into half-somnolence.”
“Clive Owen makes a riveting Broadway debut..”
“…an incredibly sexy play, properly cast here with three incredibly sexy performers..”
A selection of reviews can be found below.
Huge congratulations to LA Productions, cast and crew on MOVING ON Series 6, which has picked up an Royal Television Society North West award nomination for best single drama or drama series for Anthony Gannie’s episode ‘The Signature’ starring the wonderful Lisa Riley.
Also nominated in this category is BANANA (E4) and ORDINARY LIES (BBC1) both produced by Red Production Company, and BLACK ROSES: THE KILLING OF SOPHIE LANCASTER for BBC2.
The winners will be announced in November.
The publicity surrounding Roundabout Theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s OLD TIMES directed by Douglas Hodge increases as the play previews to glowing praise on social media.
The play boasts an impressive cast starring Clive Owen – who is making his broadway debut in this production, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly, with music composed by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
Director Douglas Hodge, who has worked closely with Pinter, said of him;
“I can’t find anyone like him anymore…I miss him hugely. He had a certainty about him. He was unchangeable about certain things. He was a true man of the theatre. He loved the theatre, he loved actors, he was willing to risk all sorts of things. He didn’t mind if he couldn’t be understood at first. He wanted it to be more poetic, to be more complex. Those sort of things I don’t see anywhere else.”
Previews runs until Oct 6th when the play officially opens at the American Airlines Theatre.
PLAQUES AND TANGLES – the new play by Nicola Wilson, started rehearsal this week at the Royal Court Theatre. The cast features Monica Dolan, Brid Brennan, Ferdy Roberts, Robert Lonsdale, Alice Felgate, and is directed by Lucy Morrison.
The play opens on the 14th October and runs until November 21st. Tickets can be purchased here
PLAQUES AND TANGLES is one of three plays to be supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation as a Jerwood New Playwrights commission.
MAKING DAD’S ARMY, the new drama written by Stephen Russell, started filming this week. This one off hour long drama, tells the story of the creation of the sitcom with Perry’s initial idea for the comedy back in 1967 until transmission of the first episode the next year.
The drama, produced by Darlow Smithson Productions for BBC2, stars Paul Ritter as Jimmy Perry, Richard Dormer as David Croft, John Sessions and Julian Sands as Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier. The cast also features the talents of Shane Richie,Kevin Bishop and Sally Phillips, and is directed by Steve Bendelack.
This one off drama comes ahead of the film version starring Toby Jones which is due to be released next year.
The new series of MOUNT PLEASANT comes to Sky 1 on Friday 11th September 2015 at 9pm weekly.
The show, now in it’s fifth series, follows the lives of Dan and Lisa whose marriage is now put to the test after they welcomed a baby last season, and have new and rather unwelcome neighbours, Jenna and Cameron.
The series stars Sally Lindsay, Daniel Ryan, Samatha Womack, Nigel Harmon, Adrian Bower, Nicola Millbank, Neil Fitzmaurice, Ainsley Howard, James Dreyfus, Sian Reeves, Daniel Ings and Naomi Bentley. Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for Sky 1, in this fifth series we are delighted to say that our very own Maya Sondhi is a welcome addition to the writing team working alongside Mark Brotherhood.
We are extremely delighted to announce that we have taken on the multi talented Paul Ritter. As an actor, Paul hosts an impressive CV covering film, theatre and television and we are pleased to aid him in expanding his career even further.
Paul is currently writing two episodes of an ambitious project on spec in between his busy filming schedule. Please do contact us for any writing queries regarding Paul you may have and we would be happy to assist.
THE TRIALS OF JIMMY ROSE, the new 3 part drama starring Ray Winstone starts this bank holiday Sunday at 9pm on ITV.
The drama tells the story of Jimmy Rose – an armed robber who has spent the last twelve years in prison – only to return home to his troubled family and we see his struggle to stay out of trouble.
The series was created and written by Alan Whiting. The cast also features the talents of Amanda Redman and Tom Cullen, and our very own Kat Reynolds is script executive. Tune in for some terrific bank holiday viewing!
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is to score the music for Roundabout Theatre company’s production of OLD TIMES by Harold Pinter, starring Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly.
The play will be directed by Tony award winning actor, Douglas Hodge. Although no stranger to Pinter’s work – for ten years Douglas worked almost exclusively with Harold Pinter both as an actor and director – with this production of OLD TIMES Douglas makes his broadway debut as a director.
Of Thom’s work, Douglas said – “The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a ‘now-ness’ to the show. The play itself is about memory and love – Thom’s music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex. I’m hopeful this collaboration will result in a new kind of theatregoer coming to our show.”
The play previews September 17th and tickets can be purchased here.
We are pleased to announce that The Writers’ Company now represents the film and television rights in THE LIFE OF A BANANA, the debut novel from British Chinese writer, PP Wong.
Twelve year-old Xing Li is what British Chinese people call a banana – yellow on the outside, white on the inside. When her mother dies in a tragic accident, she and her older brother move in with their affluent relatives, the Wu family – their venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and aspiring actress Auntie Mei – and the sometimes shocking events that follow will shape her life forever.
A coming-of-age story about a young woman discovering her true identity in the face of racial prejudice, violence and cultural obstacles in contemporary London, THE LIFE OF A BANANA is witty, moving, at times tragic, but always entertaining.
Shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 and included as the number one book to read this summer by the Elle Book Club, here’s what the critics have said about THE LIFE OF A BANANA:
‘Wong’s debut successfully retains the light-heartedness and hopefulness of its young protagonist while dealing with racism, bullying and abuse. It is revealing in its exploration of cultural and generational conflicts and moving in its optimism.‘ The Guardian
‘PP Wong has blazed a trail for future British Chinese novelists. The Life of a Banana is bursting with original and exciting flavours.’ The Independent
‘PP Wong is the first British-born Chinese author to get a UK publishing deal, and this is perhaps why Life Of A Banana is so refreshingly distinct. Read it, and you will soon find yourself wanting more:’ The Daily Mail
For more information or for a copy of the book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Abhaile Arís Theatre Company are to perform a version of Lisa McGee’s award winning play GIRLS AND DOLLS which premiered at The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, London in 2009.
This production can be seen at the New Town Theatre in Edinburgh (venue 7) from 11th – 16th August and booking details can be found in the Festival Guide or The List, links below.
The production will also hold a preview for one night only at the Hen and Chickens Theatre bar, on the 8th August at 4.30pm.
Nicola Wilson’s new play PLAQUES AND TANGLES has been announced for the Autumn Season at the Royal Court Theatre. The play will run from Wednesday 14th October until Saturday 21st November at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, and will be directed by Lucy Morrison. Cast yet tbc.
Further details and booking information can be found HERE. But book soon to avoid disappointment….you have been warned!