Goodbye from The Writers’ Company

After 11 years of representing the most talented writers, producers, directors and script editors, The Writers’ Company is closing its doors, as Nick Barron has moved to United Agents and taken his clients with him.

We are proud to have worked with and nurtured such innovative and creative minds and wish to thank everyone we have been involved with along the way. Most of all, thank you to our incredible clients, who have made the agency such a special place – without them, The Writers’ Company would not have grown into the respected, successful business it became.

New radio drama from Colin Bytheway

Colin Bytheway’s latest drama, THE TWENTY YEAR STRETCH, airs on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 20th June at 2:15pm. It follows two friends who plan to steal a Van Gogh from a private collection belonging to a Dutch millionaire. Dutch law states that an art thief has legal ownership of stolen private art after 20 years, but fast-forward nineteen years and 364 days later and much has changed. Everything’s up for grabs – power, passion, greed, love, money and dreams. Who will side with whom and what were the true consequences of the twenty year stretch?

Riviera debuts on Sky Atlantic

Sky Atlantic’s glamourous drama set against the backdrop of the French Riviera begins tonight at 9pm. The series is script edited by Jennifer McConnell and follows the moral descent of American art dealer Georgina Clios, whose idyllic life is shattered when her billionaire husband is killed in mysterious circumstances. The 10 x 60′ series airs at 9pm on Thursday nights, with all episodes available on Sky Player.

Lauren Klee pens episode of Redwater

Kat & Alfie: Redwater, the EastEnders spin-off, kicked off on BBC One several weeks ago. Lauren Klee wrote episode four of the series, which sees Kathleen and Alfie Moon arrive in the sleepy Irish village of Redwater on a quest to find Kathleen’s long-lost son. Klee continues to write on Eastenders, of which she has been a core member of the writing team for several years.

Applause for The White Princess’ final episode

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Emma Frost’s historical epic THE WHITE PRINCESS drew to an exciting close after the final episode aired on Starz last night. The series, a follow up to 2013’s THE WHITE QUEEN has been described as “feminism’s answer to historical fiction” (Marie Claire) and has quickly won over critics and viewers. Emma Frost wrote and executive-produced the show which was produced through Company Pictures

‘Broken’ kicks off on BBC 1

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The first episode of Broken, the drama starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel, aired on BBC1 last night. The series follows a modern, maverick Catholic priest presiding over an urban parish in northern England, who must act the confidante, counsellor and confessor to a congregation struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the challenges of daily life.

Shaun Duggan wrote episode five of the series, which was created and executive produced by Jimmy McGovern. The show airs at 9pm on Tuesdays on BBC1. Shaun’s episode screens on Tuesday 27th June.

The White Princess is a ratings smash

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THE WHITE PRINCESS, written and showrun by Emma Frost, is now the highest rated scripted premium cable show on television in the US. With praise from both critics and viewers, the show’s numbers have built significantly for four consecutive weeks, a feat achieved this year only by Westworld, Big Little Lies and The Night Of. THE WHITE PRINCESS airs on Sundays at 8:00pm ET on Starz.

Loaded set for C4 premiere

The series kicks off on Channel 4 on 8 May

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stumble onto 246 million pounds? Well now you don’t have to! Watch Josh, Vinny, Ewan and Watto screw up the opportunity of a life time in Channel 4’s hotly anticipated new sitcom. From the writer behind PEEP SHOW and FRESH MEAT and assistant script edited by our own Charlotte Rutherford, LOADED set to premiere next Monday 8th of June at 10pm

The White Princess premieres on Starz

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THE WHITE PRINCESS, Emma Frost’s epic follow up 2013’s THE WHITE QUEEN, premiered on Starz in the US this weekend. It has already garnered rave reviews amongst viewers and critics who are describing it as “feminism’s answer to historical fiction” (Marie Claire),  an “outstanding period drama” (News Talk Florida) with high praise for Frost, who “has built a world rich in detail” (TV Fanatic). THE WHITE PRINCESS airs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET on Starz.

Cunk on Shakespeare & Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe nominated for BAFTAs

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CHARLIE BROOKER’S 2016 WIPE and CUNK ON SHAKESPEARE have both been nominated for BAFTA awards for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme. TWC clients Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris wrote on both shows and were described by Brooker in Esquire last year as having “an uncanny ability to toss out lines that make your brain scream at your laughing muscles…they write their bits, and I write my bits, and then it all gets woven together, and I defy you to tell who wrote which bit — although if you’re laughing it was probably theirs.”

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Amazon commissions F1 documentary from Manish Pandey

Manish Pandley is to produce a series for Amazon looking behind the scenes of the McLaren racing team as it competes in the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

It will showcase the competitive and secretive world of racing and feature interviews with drivers including Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Conrad Riggs, head of unscripted for Amazon said “The series will take Amazon Prime members inside what it takes to compete at the highest level of Formula 1 racing…It will combine unparalleled access with exciting and dramatic storytelling that will appeal to racing fans and non-racing fans alike.”

Pandey added that the team was responsible for creating champions including Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton. “They are also a family who have recently gone through difficult times, both on track and off,” he said. “And like all families, we will watch them pull together to regain their rightful place at the head of F1.”

 

Maya Sondhi & Natalie Mitchell feature on BBC new talent initiative

Natalie Mitchell and Maya Sondhi have been selected for the BBC’s emerging talent initiative, launched by BBC Director-General Tony Hall and Idris Elba. The 200 emerging new talents have been identified by creative leaders from across the BBC as possible broadcasting stars of the future.

At the launch event, Tony Hall said that “finding and supporting the next generation of new talent – both on and off screen – is a vital part of the BBC’s remit. It is through backing new thinking, new perspectives, and taking creative risks that the BBC will not only better reflect the diversity of the country – but deliver even better, more engaging and relevant programming. I see this as central to our mission as a public service broadcaster.”

Give Dotty a Chance to air on Radio 4

Martyn Hesford’s play Give Dotty a Chance will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Friday 24th March at 2:15pm. It is 1989 and the Welsh singer Dorothy Squires is living a penniless existence in a caravan. She thinks her glittering career that took her to Hollywood has been forgotten. But then two fans turn up to try persuade her to put her glad rags on and revive her career. Can she still do it?

Dana Fainaru’s Death in Paradise kicks off series 6

The new series of Death in Paradise starts on BBC 1 tonight at 9pm, with the first episode written by Dana Fainaru and script-edited by Poppy Stammers. The opening episode finds Humphrey and his team trying to crack the case of dead a scientist on the side of a live volcano when everything appears to point to a death from natural causes

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The Lodge returns for seconds series on The Disney Channel

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We’re thrilled that Bronagh Taggart will be writing two episodes of The Disney Channel’s musical drama The Lodge, which returns for its second series next year. The show follows 15 year old Skye, who moves from the countryside to the city following the death of her mother. The cast will face fresh challenges, including having to solve a new mystery, with original songs continuing to play a big part in the show.

Emma Frost pens Zelda Fitzgerald biopic

Emma Frost pens Zelda Fitzgerald biopic starring Jennifer Lawrence, Ron Howard in talks to direct

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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).

Channel 4 commissions Lisa McGee’s sitcom, Derry Girls

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.

More Murders in Successville as series 2 begins on BBC Three June 15th

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.

Shaun Duggan lead writer on new CBBC football drama

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

Philomena Cunk tackles the Bard for BBC

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 opens to glowing reviews

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.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/article1677763.ece

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Shaun Duggan lead writer on CBBC’s brand new children’s drama, JAMIE JOHNSON

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.

 

Bafta nomination for ELECTIONWIPE

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

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 commissions three part drama Tina And Bobby written by Lauren Klee

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0415hb8

 

DEATH IN PARADISE

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/feb/11/thursday-best-tv-cats-v-dogs

http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/dzhmdn/death-in-paradise–11022016

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.