OLD TIMES previews kick off to a flying start

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.

Rehearsals start at the Royal Court Theatre for Nicola Wilson’s new play

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.

DAD’S ARMY drama coming to BBC2

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.


MOUNT PLEASANT returns for its 5th series

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.

New client – Paul Ritter

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.

Bank holiday viewing – THE TRIALS OF JIMMY ROSE

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 to compose music for OLD TIMES

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.


The Writers’ Company reps rights in THE LIFE OF A BANANA by PP Wong

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 nick@writerscompany.co.uk

PP Wong, author of THE LIFE OF A BANANA

PP Wong, author of THE LIFE OF A BANANA

Lisa McGee’s GIRLS AND DOLLS at Edinburgh Fringe

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.


New season at The Royal Court – PLAQUES AND TANGLES by Nicola Wilson

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!

Meet the agents! HIGHTIDE FESTIVAL 2015: 18th September

“Want to know what an agent does and how to get one? Want to hear the dos and don’ts of approaching agents and what they tend to look for in potential clients? Perhaps you are a more experienced writer wondering whether you are still with the right agent, but are unsure how to act?”

We are excited to announce that Ligeia Marsh and Nick Barron are participating at this years’ HIGHTIDE FESTIVAL at a ‘Meet The Agents’ workshop on September 18th at 2pm. In this session, Ligeia and Nick will use their expertise and years of experience to answer any questions on the mysterious world of agents, allowing you to ask questions and discuss anything and everything to do with agents and representation.

Further details about the event and how to book can be found HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!


ED REARDON returns to Radio 4

ED REARDON’S WEEK returns to BBC Radio 4 for it’s tenth series.

This popular radio series, co-written by and starring Christopher Douglas, sees his regular cast returning including Barunka O’Shaughnessy as Ping and Vicki Pepperdine as Laura, but this series sees Ed to be joined by Pam Ferris, Celia Imrie and Jeremy Paxman also.

The first of six episodes starts on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 11.30am on BBC Radio 4 and can also be enjoyed on BBC iPlayer.


Douglas Hodge directs Clive Owen on Broadway

We are thrilled to announce that Douglas Hodge will direct Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen in Harold Pinter’s OLD TIMES on Broadway this autumn, in a production from Roundabout Theatre Company.

Owen makes his Broadway debut as Deeley, a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna (Eve Best – NURSE JACKIE), his wife Kate’s (Kelly Reilly – SHERLOCK HOLMES) friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power.

Tony Award® winner Hodge (CYRANO DE BERGERAC, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), a frequent performer and director of Pinter’s works, directs this revival of the haunting and passionate play, which has not been seen on Broadway in over 40 years.

Previews begin September 17, 2015
Opening night: October 15, 2015


Described as a “surreal place that feels like Midsomer Murders meets Sin City,” MURDER IN SUCCESSVILLE – the brand new interactive murder mystery drama which challenges famous faces with helping to solve some curious crimes, comes to BBC3 this Wednesday 6th May at 10pm.

The first episode “The Mob” features Bruno Tonioli, and is written by Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley. Episode Five “Dr Death” written by Nico Tatarowicz features Kimberley Wyatt and will be shown on Wednesday 3rd June at 10pm.

Tom Davis plays the lead DI Sleet in this production by Tiger Aspect.


Easter viewing on BBC2 – BANISHED

Great Easter viewing on BBC2 as episode 5 of BANISHED – written by Shaun Duggan and Jimmy McGovern, come to our screens.

The series, which was co-created by RSJ Films and See-Saw Films for BBC2 and BBC Worldwide, is set in 1788 in the first penal colony founded by the British in Australia and tells the stories of British convicts living alongside their Royal Navy marine guards and officers. The series stars Russell Tovey and MyAnna Buring.

Episode 5 will broadcast on Thursday 2nd April at 9pm.

SABOTAGE LIVE for BBC Radio 4 extra returns

SABOTAGE  – the live comedy show for BBC Radio 4 extra returns yet again for another night of giggles and general debauchery at the Backyard Comedy Club in East London and this time around features the comedic talents of Mike Wozniak, Pierre Novellie and our very own Nico Tatarowicz.

The night starts at 6.45pm on Wednesday 25th March and is being held at the Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 0EL. Tickets are available via the below link. Be quick!


WIPES returns to BBC2 with Election coverage

Charlie Brooker returns to BBC2 with his unique take on the news in an ElectionWipe special. The show, produced by House of Tomorrow, will feature Brooker summarising news from the election period alongside regular characters Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas, as well as comedian Morgana Robinson.

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris will also return as contributing writers to the show.


FRANKIE TAKES A TRIP, the new radio play by Martyn Hesford comes to BBC Radio 4 on Friday 27th March at 2.15pm with the title role brilliantly captured by David Benson.

In this comedy drama, Martyn tells the fascinating story of the comedian Frankie Howerd, who’s successful career and showbiz persona masked a troubled life battling depression, his childhood and LSD as prescriptive medication.

Tune in to listen to this wonderful story on Radio 4 Friday 27th March at 2.15pm.

And here is a link to an interview with Martyn Hesford and David Benson discussing the process of recreating characters such as Frankie Howerd and Kenneth Williams, and bringing them to life whether in performance or on the page,


The British are coming! Vanity Fair’s presents The Hollywood Portfolio’s first ever short film, written by Harry Oulton

As award season approaches, this years’ 30 page portfolio for Vanity Fair magazine sees London born photographer, Jason Bell, direct a short film in honour of the British talent dominating award nominations this year.


The films featuring the talents of Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench, were directed by Jason Bell and written by Harry Oulton.


The films in three parts – PREPARING FOR WAR, COMING TO AMERICA and VICTORY IS ASSURED – see iconic scenes from well known films recreated by our British stars, including that scene from WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.


The full article can be seen here


Catch INSIDE THE UNIT – TREATING DISORDER, a documentary by Carole Hayman and produced by Paul Kobrak for BBC Radio 4, which explores and investigates the men detained in a secure unit under the Mental Health Act and interviews the psychiatrist who treats them, Dr Ray Travers, about how and if his patients can be reintroduced back into society, and his own wellbeing and drive.

You can catch, INSIDE THE UNIT, on BBC iPlayer radio.




Philomena Cunk’s TV picks features in The Guardian

Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley writes Philomena Cunk’s favourite TV picks for this week’s Guardian guide with favourites including THE ONE SHOW and DOCTOR WHO…

“…I used to watch it as a kid. It was about this colourful ringmaster who’d fly through the sky in this blue wardrobe. He could go anywhere, but he usually went to corridors…”

Catch Philomena Cunk played by Diane Morgan in the new series of Charlie Brooker’s WEEKLY WIPE which begins on Thursday 29th January on BBC2.




INDIAN SUMMERS coming soon to Channel 4

INDIAN SUMMERS, the ten part period drama made by New Pictures and U.S. public broadcaster PBS, is coming soon to Channel 4.

The drama is set in 1932, and tells the story of the decline of British colonial rule in India, as the nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of change and freedom. The cast led by Julie Walters, also includes Craig Parkinson, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, Lillete Dubey, Alexander Cobb, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant and Edward Hogg.

The series is created by Paul Rutman and Lisa McGee has written episode seven.

Charlie Brooker’s WEEKLY WIPE returns

Charlie Brooker returns to BBC2 with a satirical look on the latest news from the worlds of politics, culture and the media with more amusing comments from regular characters Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas.

The new series of WEEKLY WIPES starts on Thursday 29th January at 10pm featuring material written by our very own Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley as regular contributors to the show.

Adrian Noble announced as director on DANNY LA RUE biopic

The former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Adrian Noble, has been officially announced as the director on DANNY LA RUE – the upcoming original screenplay about the popular performer’s life.

The film is written by Martyn Hesford who wrote the BAFTA-nominated Kenneth Williams biopic FANTABULOSA! starring Micheal Sheen. DANNY LA RUE is produced by Blacklisted Films in conjunction with the BFI.

Noble said:

“What drew me to the project was Martyn’s brilliant and funny screenplay which tells two unexpected love stories in an unexpected way.”

Noble recently directed Kate Bush’s tour – BEFORE THE DAWN – to critical acclaim and has been nominated for over 20 Olivier Awards.

The film is currently in development.


PADDINGTON  – the story of a small Peruvian bear based on the popular series of children’s books by Michael Bond – opens at cinemas nationwide this Friday.

The excitement shared by young and old surrounding the feature is undeniable, and we are particularly excited as our very own JOEL MORRIS and JASON HAZELEY are contributors towards the film, having provided additional material to the script.

The film has an impressive all star cast including the voice of Ben Whishaw as the talking bear, plus Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Micheal Gambon.

PADDINGTON opens nationwide 28th November 2014.

MOVING ON returns, with episodes by Shaun Duggan and Anthony Gannie

The new series of MOVING ON begins on Monday 10th November (and every day that week) on BBC One at 2.15pm. We are delighted that not one, but two of our brilliant clients have written episodes for this sixth series, which was created by Jimmy McGovern.

The first episode, MADGE, is written by Shaun Duggan and stars Academy Award-winner Hayley Mills (POLLYANNA, THE PARENT TRAP). Madge may seem like a perfectly respectable woman in her late 60s – her partner Eric and his family certainly think so – but she is in fact carrying a dark secret… A husband who has been in prison for 12 years!

Episode two, THE SIGNATURE, is written by Anthony Gannie and stars Lisa Riley as school dinner lady Moira, struggling to support her husband Ken, an MS sufferer, and their two kids by keeping down a second job in a corner shop. When a customer Moira thinks is well-off comes in with what turns out to be a winning lottery ticket, Moira lies and says she hasn’t won, stashing the ticket for herself. But can she bring herself to claim the money, or will her conscience get the better of her?

Do tune in to watch these terrific stories, which go out on Monday and Tuesday respectively, and will thereafter be available on BBC iPlayer. You can see more about the series on the BBC website.

THE GIRLS’ CLUB by Martyn Hesford – a Writers’ Company readthrough

Last week, we were excited to stage the second of our new Writers’ Company readthrough events, with an incredible cast performing a rehearsed read of Martyn Hesford’s very funny, all-female ensemble sitcom, THE GIRLS CLUB, which follows the lives and loves of a group of female friends living on a Manchester estate.

readthrougheditedAs well as bravely providing the sound effects of Elsie, a gin-loving King Charles Spaniel, the great Steve Bendelack (FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, THE ROYLE FAMILY) directed a fantastic cast of actresses including Michelle Holmes, Paula Wilcox, Kathryn Drysdale, Maya Sondhi, Nicola Sanderson, Moya Brady, Abigail Thaw and Stephanie Hyam. Massive thanks must go to Gilly Sanguinetti, Annalisa Gordon & Isabella Riggs at The Artists’ Partnership for their help securing some of these talented ladies for us.


Guests – who enjoyed the brilliant combination of Prosecco and chocolate biscuits – included commissioners, producers and script editors from Channel 4, Big Talk, Tiger Aspect, Hat Trick, Hartswood Films, Mammoth Screen, Drama Republic, Bentley Productions, Red Planet, Retort and Left Bank, among others.

This was the second in this new series of events, following a successful read of Ian Puleston-Davies’ play, SHRINE TO THE COMMON GARDEN GNOME, in the summer. Produced, cast and hosted by us, we see these afternoons as a great chance to proactively engage the industry with our clients’ work in a new, fun and exciting way.

Watch this space for more!

Lauren Klee writes EASTENDERS rape episode

Don’t miss one of the biggest and most talked-about episodes of EASTENDERS this year, written by Lauren Klee, on Monday 6th October at 8pm on BBC1.

Queen Vic landlady, Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) sets out to console her brother-in-law, Dean (Matt Di Angelo), but things take a horrible turn when he sexually assaults her…

Lauren has also written the follow-up episode on Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC1.


Toby Walton’s DOCTORS episode nominated for RTS Midlands Award

We are delighted to announce that Toby Walton’s episode of DOCTORS entitled ‘Leper’ has been nominated in the Best Drama/Fictional Programme category at this year’s RTS Midlands Awards. Toby is a core writer on the show and is also currently writing an original 60′ script for ITV Studios.

The ceremony takes place on Thursday 30th October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.


CRACKANORY return with it’s second series on Dave Channel 24th September 10pm, featuring the narrating talents of Vic Reeves, Sue Perkins, Katherine Parkinson, Johnny Vegas, Ruby Wax, Emilia Fox, Simon Callow and more.

Our very own Nico Tatarowicz has returned to write two more episodes for the series.