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Sanditon is a bold and ambitious eight-part drama adapted from Jane Austen's last, unfinished novel, commissioned by ITV and Masterpiece. The series tells the story of spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the charming and slightly wild Sidney Parker. Written by the BAFTA-Award winning Andrew Davies it is currently airing on Masterpiece in the US to rave reviews and ratings. 

Death in Paradise, our sun-soaked hit crime drama returns to our screens on Thursday's on BBC1 at 9pm and on BBC iPlayer for a ninth series, with Ardal O'Hanlon back as Detective Jack Mooney. But it's not just the fiendishly clever crimes he has to solve in the blazing Caribbean sun - he's also got some romantic issues to deal with. And he hasn't got long to work everything out, as new Detective Neville Parker will be arriving during the series. Played by Ralf Little, Neville is going to challenge the team as much as the Caribbean is going to challenge him. Everything changes this year...

Recent productions also include: Hooten & The Lady, a rip-roaring action-adventure series for Sky One, Babs, a 90' drama about Dame Barbara Windsor, Dickensian, an ambitious, original and critically acclaimed 20-part series for BBC One; and The Ark, a one-off drama retelling the biblical story of Noah's Ark, and The Passing Bells, a BBC One flagship drama which commemorated the start of the First World War.


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Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise Series Nine is on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One and on BBC IPlayer.  

Series nine of BBC One's smash hit crime drama, Death in Paradise, welcomes a raft of acting talent alongside series regulars Ardal O'Hanlon, Aude Legastelois, Tobi Bakare, Shyko Amos, Elizabeth Bourgine and Don Warrington - as well as new lead detective, Ralf Little.

The star-studded guest cast includes Steve Pemberton, Nina Wadia, Adrian Edmondson, Louise Brealey, Alexander Vlahos, Samantha Bond, Nell Hudson, Jade Anouka, Samuel West and Javone Prince.

Renowned for its clever murder mysteries set against an idyllic Caribbean backdrop, Death in Paradise remains one of television's highest-rated dramas since launching in 2011 and the tenth series will begin filming later this year.

Filmed on the picturesque French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, this series will feature new intriguing puzzles for the team to solve including a mysterious masked attacker who strikes twice at a family rum distillery and a survival camp trip gone wrong!

Other guest stars include Matt King (Peep Show), Clare Hope-Ashitey (Doctor Foster), Elliot Cowan (The Spanish Princess), Amanda Hale (The White Queen), Alexandra Roach (Sanditon), Adrian Bower (The Last Kingdom), Michael Obiora (Luther), Chanel Cresswell (Trollied), Sam Troughton (Chernobyl), Ellen Thomas (Casualty), Peter De Jersey (Broadchurch), Kadiff Kirwan (Timewasters), Andi Osho (Curfew) and Barbara Flynn (The Durrells).

Death in Paradise is commissioned for the BBC by Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, and Piers Wenger, Controller of Drama Commissioning. Tim Key will continue to executive produce for Red Planet Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.

Death in Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures production, produced with the support of the region of Guadeloupe and distributed by BBC Studios.

 

 
There’s sun, sea and intrigue in spades as the eighth series of Death In Paradise returns to our screens this January. Under a glorious Caribbean sun, DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) and his team solve a host of complex and baffling murders on the beautiful island of Saint Marie, each one more mysterious than the last. And when the Commissioner (Don Warrington) introduces their new officer, his niece Ruby Patterson (Shyko Amos), the team are on their best behaviour but soon realise they will have their hands full…  
 
Starring:
 
Ardal O’Hanlon as DI Jack Mooney (Father Ted, My Hero, After Hours)
Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell (Sous Le Soleil de Saint-Tropez)
Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel) Shyko Amos as Officer Ruby Patterson (A Very English Scandal) Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Rising Damp, Waking the Dead) Elizabeth Bourgine as Catherine Bordey (Mon Meilleur Ami)

 

 
 
Our guest cast includes Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Rebecca Front (The Thick of It )Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City)Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife), Jonas Armstrong (Edge of Tomorrow) Blake Harrison (The inbetweeners)Navin Chowdhry (Doctor Foster), Olivia Poulet (In the Loop), Ron Cook (Hot Fuzz), Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat)Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Daniel Ryan (Black Sea)Nicole Lecky (The Moor), Saskia Reeves (Close My Eyes) and Angus Deayton (Have I Got News for You)

 

 

 

 

Set on the idyllic tropical island of Saint Marie, the hotly anticipated seventh series sees the return of series regulars Josephine Jobert, Danny John-Jules, Tobi Bakare, Elizabeth Bourgine and Don Warrington for more baffling murder cases and warm hearted Caribbean fun.

DI Jack Mooney is adapting to island life while also playing poker masterminds at their own game and uncovering secrets and lies within a famous reggae band, whilst DS Florence Cassell (Josephine Jobert) tackles runaway suspects. Meanwhile, romance could be in the air for Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) but will he finally meet his match? Elsewhere a secret from Officer JP Hooper’s (Tobi Bakare) past returns to haunt him.

Starring:

Ardal O'Hanlon - Father Ted, After Hours

Josephine Jobert - Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez

Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf, MI High

Don Warrington - Rising Damp, Waking the Dead

Tobi Bakare - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

 

Other guest stars heading to paradise in the new series include Mark Benton (Waterloo Road), James Faulkner (Game of Thrones), Levi Roots (Caribbean Food Made EasySuzanne Packer (Casualty), Charlotte Beaumont (Broadchurch), Harry Richardson (Poldark), Adjoa Andoh (Doctor Who), Richard Harrington (HinterlandLark Rise To Candleford), Richie Campbell (Liar), John Sessions (The Loch), Katy Wix (Not Going Out)Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia)and Zoe Boyle (Sons Of Anarchy). 

 

DI Humphrey Goodman and his team are back solving increasingly puzzling murders on the beautiful island of Saint Marie - from a body on a volcano, to a two-part story which takes the team to London. But it's not just the crime which is troubling Humphrey - as his relationship with Martha blossoms, will the course of true love run smoothly?

Meanwhile, the team are concerned for Sergeant Florence Cassell when an old friend is found dead. Dwayne is forced to confront his past, JP turns to Dwayne for marriage guidance - and Selwyn's intervention in a case puts Catherine at the centre of the mayoral elections.

The sixth series of the hugely popular show delivers its usual recipe of fun, emotion and intrigue - with a few surprises too - all served up in the glorious Caribbean sunshine. 

Starring:

Kris Marshall - My Family, Love Actually

Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf, MI High

Don Warrington - Rising Damp, Waking the Dead

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Josephine Jobert - Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez

Tobi Bakare - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel

Sally Bretton - Not Going Out, Green Wing, The Office

Death in Paradise is famed for its wonderful guest stars and Series 6 promises just the same. Series 6 will see: Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted, After Hours), Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager), Natasha Little (Thirteen), Adrian Rawlins (Dickensian), Monica Dolan (W1A), Ramon Tikaram (Happy Valley), Emily Taaffee (War and Peace), Gary Beadle (Eastenders), Fiona Allen (Waterloo Road), Kerry Fox (Glue), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Thirteen) and Mark Powley (Birds Of A Feather). 


First Aired:
January 5th 2017 on BBC One

 

Series five of Death in Paradise sees the return of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and Sergeant Florence Cassel (Josephine Jobert) doing what they do best; solving ever more mind bending murders on the beautiful island of Saint Marie. With trusted Officers Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) and JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare) also at the helm, the team really do have their work cut out...

With a murder at sea, a text from beyond the grave and even a bit of romance, it's all in a day's work for the Death in Paradise gang.

Starring:

Kris Marshall – My Family, Love Actually

Danny John-Jules – Red Dwarf, MI High

Don Warrington – Rising Damp, Waking the Dead

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Josephine Jobert - Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez

Tobi Bakare - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel

Series fives' exciting list of guest stars includes: Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, Waking the Dead), Nigel Lindsay (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), Jill Halfpenny (Waterloo Road), Julien Ovenden (Downton Abbey), Neve McIntosh (Bodies, Doctor Who), Lloyd Owen (Monarch of the Glen, The Originals), Hannah Britland (Fresh Meat), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch), Paul Nicholls (The C Word), Emma Rigby (Once Upon A Time) and Heida Reed (Poldark).

First Aired: January 2016 on BBC One

 

 

Death in Paradise returns for a fantastic fourth series which sees DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and his team solving ever more mysterious and impossible murders. This time they are joined by new recruits Sargeant Florence Cassel (Josephine Jobert) and Officer JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare), and they'll need all the help they can get if they're to crack a new set of dizzyingly complex crimes.

From a murder during a seance to the apparent suicide of a surfing legend, Humph and the team have their work cut out for them.

Starring:

Kris Marshall – My Family, Love Actually

Sara Martins – Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules – Red Dwarf, MI High

Don Warrington – Waking the Dead

Josephine Jobert - Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez 

Tobi Bakare - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel

Packed full of guest stars including James Fox (Sherlock Holmes), Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly), Ali Bastian (Hollyoaks), Tyger Drew-Honey (Outnumbered), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Jason Merrells (Emmerdale) and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter).

First Aired: January 2015 on BBC One

 

Richard Poole’s untimely and tragic demise brings Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) to the beautiful island of Saint Marie as the new Detective Inspector. But while he enthusiastically embraces Caribbean life, his new team of Camille (Sara Martins), Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) and Fidel (Gary Carr) quickly realise they’ve got another eccentric and rather frustrating Englishman on their hands…

Humphrey’s apparently random and disorganised approach to solving crime initially seems confounding, but it’s not long before they realise they have a remarkable detective in their midst – one capable of solving his predecessor’s own baffling murder - and together the team go on to brilliantly solve a host of dizzyingly mystifying murders, from Zombie film stand-ins, to glamorous stewardesses and local politicians… All in a day’s work when there’s death in paradise…

Starring:

Kris Marshall – My Family, Love Actually

Sara Martins – Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules – Red Dwarf, MI High

Gary Carr – Downton Abbey, Bluestone 42

Don Warrington – Waking the Dead

This series’ exciting roster of guest stars includes Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet), Michelle Ryan (Eastenders), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Hannah Tointon (The Inbetweeners), Sharon Small (Mistresses), Raza Jaffrey (Spooks), Clarke Peters (The Wire), Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses), Mark Heap (Green Wing), Joseph Marcel (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther), Phil Davis (Sherlock).

First Aired: January 2014 on BBC One

 

DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is still trapped on the Caribbean island paradise of Saint Marie – and for him the sun, sea and sand continue to irritate, as he irritates his long-suffering colleagues but he’s also as brilliant as ever. His eye for detail, relentless logic and stubborn refusal to leave anything unexplained works seamlessly with the instinctive and insightful knowledge of the beautiful Sergeant Camille Bordey (Sara Martins).

With the often unorthodox assistance of Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) and Fidel (Gary Carr), they tackle a baffling array of unique murders, from pirate curses to Nuns killed in locked rooms – once even with a hurricane bearing down on them! Most seem impossible, but Richard and his team always get to the heart of the mystery…

The first of eight episodes will see DI Poole probing the death of the owner of a former sugar plantation, who is discovered with a machete in his back.

Starring: 

Ben Miller - Primeval, Johnny English

Sara Martins - Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf, MI High 

Gary Carr - Silent Witness

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Don Warrington - Waking the Dead

Award-winning poptress Jamelia is the latest in a long line of first-class guest artists to feature in the new series, along with Stephanie Beacham (Coronation Street), Amanda Mealing (Holby City), Michael Brandon (Dempsey & Makepeace), Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), Kelly Adams (Hustle), Patrick Baladi (Mistresses), Bryan Dick (Eric & Ernie), Kenneth Cranham (Made in Dagenham) and Gemma Jones (Spooks).

First Aired: January 2013 on BBC One

 

Impossible murders on a beautiful Caribbean island. DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is the perfect man to solve them — if only he didn’t just hate sun, sea and sand...

Sent to the tiny island of Saint Marie to solve a mysterious murder Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. A quintessentially British cop, he would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. What Richard finds is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, feisty DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) is instinctive and brilliant in her own way.

Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) is a little too cosy with criminals for Richard’s liking, but he has his uses. And Fidel Best (Garry Carr) is honest as the day is long — at times frustrating, at times the key to an impenetrable mystery. Richard can get through his ordeal, if only he could find a decent cup of tea…

Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and bring heart and humour to mind boggling murders in the most beautiful of settings, with a new mystery to solve every episode. 

Will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie…

The first episode kicks off when a British cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate whodunnit.

Death in Paradise has been produced with Altantique Productions, for BBC One and France Télévisions with the support of the Region of Guadeloupe.

Starring: 

Ben Miller - Primeval, Johnny English

Sara Martins - Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf, MI High 

Gary Carr - Silent Witness

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Don Warrington - Waking the Dead

First Aired: October 2011 on BBC One

Sanditon

 

 
Now airing Sundays at 9pm on ITV.
 
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Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker, in eight thrilling episodes. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself… and ultimately find love.

Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Andrew Davies said: “Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died - but what a fragment! Sanditon tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing. It's been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop Sanditon into a TV drama for a modern audience.”


Starring:
Theo James - The Divergent Series, Downton Abbey
Rose Williams – Curfew, Changeland
Anne Reid – Last Tango in Halifax, Hold the Sunset 
Kris Marshall - Death in Paradise, Love Actually

  

 

 

 

Hooten & The Lady

 

 

 

 

This September see's the new adventure series, Hooten and The Lady transports viewers to exotic locations around the world including Cape Town, Moscow, Rome and Cambodia, and is the latest in a raft of original drama commissions for Sky 1.

In the darkest reaches of the Amazon, the diligent and always enthusiastic Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker – on her first expedition for the British Museum – runs into Hooten – a rough edged, no-nonsense American treasure hunter with an eye for gold and only occasional charm. They immediately fail to get on, but the threat of imminent death keeps them together. In no time, they're falling off mountains and out of helicopters, trekking through deserts on camels, discovering hidden temples and fabled treasures, even finding - and losing - El Dorado, the legendary city of gold.

Truly unique and delivered with chutzpah, wit, pace and bucket-loads of jeopardy, Hooten & The Lady combines lashings of humour with rollicking, nail-biting adventures.

"A lot of television drama has become pretty dark over the past few years, with serial killers and murder investigations filling our television schedules. Our aim was to make a show that was still smart, and funny, but was also something that lifted the spirits of the viewer. We wanted to give the Sky 1 audience a movie of the week on the small screen, real appointment-to-view television with great characters and a rip-roaring grown-up adventure." Tony Jordan

Starring:

Michael Landes - Love Soup, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The New Adventures of Superman

Ophelia Lovibond - W1A, Elementary  

Jane Seymour - Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Wedding Crashers

Jonathan Bailey - W1A, Broadchurch

Jessica Hynes - Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, W1A

Shaun Parkes -The Mummy Returns, Line of Duty, The River

First Aired: 16th September 2016 on Sky 1

"They don't make family viewing like this anymore. Hooten & The Lady is a yarn that rips and roars"

Saturyda Review (The Times)

"A raft of stunts set against dazzling scenery"

Culture (Sunday Times)

"An irresistable new eight-part series"

Weekend (Daily Mail)

 

 

 

BESA

 

Besa was an international co-production between Antenna Group Studios and Adrenalin Production, in association with Red Planet pictures and was created by Tony Jordan. 

 

Synopsis:

When Uroš Perić (Radivoje Raša Bukvić) is driving on a business trip to Montenegro, he 's caught up in a traffic accident where a young girl, Besiana (Elizabet Brodić) tragically dies. When Uroš wakes up in the hospital he finds out that she was the daughter of the biggest Balkan "narcobos" Dardan Berisha (Arben Bajraktaraj). In order to escape the vendetta against his family, Uroš is forced to become a killer for Dardan’s. Dardan gives him besa (solemn and sacred oath) that after he has committed five murders (as many as Uroš has within his family members, including himself) he will be free again.

 

Starring:

 

Radivoje Bukvić - Taken, A Good Day To Die Hard 

Arben Bajraktaraj -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 

Miloš Timotijević - The November Man, Chernobyl Diaries

 

First Aired:

December 2018 (Serbia) 

Dickensian

Featuring some of Dickens most iconic characters in one setting, Tony Jordan's Dickensian takes you to a world where Scrooge (Ned Dennehy) meets Fagin (Anton Lesser) and a young Miss Havisham (Tuppence Middleton) might find love. With a body discovered on Christmas Eve Inspector Bucket (Stephen Rea) will have his work cut out as he delves into the sometimes murky lives of the people who surround him.

Packed with romance and intrigue Dickensian delivers a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns to surprise and delight viewers to the final episode. The stunning backdrop of Victorian London is bought to life by a stellar cast also including Omid Djalili, Pauline Collins and Caroline Quentin.

Dickensian is a period drama, as we've never seen it before.

Starring:

Stephen Rea - War and Peace, The Honourable Woman

Ned Dennehy – Banished, Peaky Blinders

Tuppence Middleton – Sense8, War and Peace

Anton Lesser – Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall

First Aired: Winter 2015

The Passing Bells

 

The Passing Bells is a five-part drama for BBC One which sees the conflict of the First World War unfold through the eyes of two very ordinary young men, who have enlisted in a war they expect to be over within months. As the conflict progresses, so do the boys’ stories as they grow up amid the horror of war, and find love.

Commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, The Passing Bells charts the course of a conflict that cost millions of lives and reshaped the map of the world. Scripted by Tony Jordan, the story unfolds over 5 episodes and covers the landmark events in one of history’s largest and most tragic conflicts.

Starring:

Patick Gibson - What Richard Did, Luke, The Importance of Being Whatever

Jack Lowden - Wolf Hall, '71, The Tunnel

Learn more about their stories at:

The Passing Bells: A British soldier's tale

The Passing Bells: A German soldier's tale

First Aired: November 2014 on BBC One

 

By Any Means

 

Created by a team of writers led by Tony Jordan, this thrilling drama follows a covert police department that, when the legal system fails, will go to any lengths to bring the criminal elite to justice.

There are some criminals who always manage to evade the justice system. These masterminds control their empires with an iron grip – yet on paper appear squeaky clean. They are never at the scene of the crime – they never get their hands dirty. They may even manipulate the media to make it look like they are the ones being persecuted by the police. They know the system and they know how to play it.

In short, they are just too clever to get caught.  But they are still the bad guys and they need to be taken off the streets...

By Any Means follows a clandestine department living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game, existing in the grey area between the letter of the law and true justice.

Led by the sharp and elusive Jack Quinn (Warren Brown), alongside straight-talking Jessica Jones (Shelley Conn) and digital whizz-kid Tom Tomkins (Andrew Lee Potts), this brilliant team will stop at nothing – fighting fire with fire. Receiving their target from the mysterious Helen (Gina McKee), they weave a web of cunning and deception to deliver their unwary targets into the arms of justice.

By Any Means is a fast-paced drama packed with twists and turns as well as brilliantly complex and rich characters. 

Starring:

Warren Brown - Luther, Good Cop

Shelley Conn - Mistresses

Andrew Lee Potts - Primeval

Gina McKee - The Borgias

First Aired: September 2013 on BBC One

The Ark

 

Written by Tony Jordan, this film is a unique retelling of the biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

Noah, a farmer and family man, is instructed by an angel to build an ark in the middle of the desert in order to save his family and the faithful from a devastating flood - a seemlingly impossible task, especially when his sons refuse to believe him and lend their help.

Noah risks ridicule from his loving but exasperated family and humiliation from the degenerate townsfolk in his quest to carry out his God-given task.

Starring:

David Threlfall - Shameless, What Remains, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This

Joanne Whalley - Wolf Hall, Jamaica Inn, The Borgias

Nico Mirallegro - My Mad Fat Diary, The Village

Ashley Walters - Top BoyHustle

First Aired: Monday 30th March on BBC One

The Nativity

 

Written by Tony Jordan, this is a brand new adaptation of the greatest story ever told, the birth of Jesus Christ.

With Mary and Joseph's enduring love story at the centre, this familiar story is given a contemporary twist, as the drama follows Joseph (Andrew Buchan) and Mary (Tatiana Maslany) from their initial courtship – Joseph desperate to win the heart of Mary – to his emotional turmoil at her unexpected pregnancy.

This gripping and vibrant adaptation shows the Nativity from a fresh viewpoint, highlighting how seemingly ordinary people reacted to the extraordinary and miraculous events that befell them.

Rich in colour and humour, the remarkable events that led up to Jesus's birth is told from a variety of angles. From the epic journey of the wise men to the poignant tale of Thomas – a poor shepherd – whose waning faith in God is revived as he kneels beside the crib of the newborn king.

Jordan's Nativity is a spectacular treat for the whole family.

Starring:

Andrew Buchan - Broadchurch, The Great Fire, The Honourable Woman

Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black, Woman In Gold, Captain Canuck

Peter Capaldi - Doctor Who, The Musketeers, The Thick Of It

With Jack Shepherd (The Golden Compass, Wycliffe), Obi Abili (Injustice), Art Malik (Borgia), Vincent Regan (Atlantis), John Lynch (The Fall), Claudie Blakley (Lark Rise to Candleford), Frances Barbour (The Loft), Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders), Al Weaver (Grantchester), Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Gawn Grainger (The Glass).

First Aired: December 2010 on BBC One

'The Nativity' is a Red Planet Pictures, K Films and Temple Street production for BBC One and CBC.  It is distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Crash

 

Tensions run high as Cath (Kezia Burrows), Rob (Gareth Jewell), Ameer (Simon Rivers) and Rhian (Elin Phillips) prepare for their first official day as doctors. Rob is asked to treat the self-proclaimed King of Wales. Fighting bureaucracy, Rob succeeds in getting through to the psychiatric ward, but there are surprising consequences. The usually calm and confident Ameer is thrown when he realises he’s the first doctor to an emergency. His time to step-up comes sooner than he could possibly hope.

Fellow junior doctor, Simon (Gareth Milton), is heartbroken when Darth, the hospital pathologist, is forced into retirement. Simon’s passion for pathology was kindled when he was exposed to a box set of Quince ME at a young age. Beneath his quirky exterior lies an honest, straight-talking man and he soon becomes a loyal and true friend to the gang.

For Ameer, patients are nothing like the diagrams he’s so used to in the medical textbooks. Struggling to communicate with them, he enlists the help of an actor, who tries to style Ameer into being a suave confident doctor. Ameer discovers that no façade can help you in life-and-death situations.

Sick of listening to Cath and her sexual conquests, Rhian begins a quest for a love. With patients’ relatives to hand and her profile up on a dating site, it should be easy, but the possibility of love comes from an unexpected source.

Cath faces her biggest challenge when her tempestuous nature leads to her being suspended. Hoping for a reprieve, she’s happy to be called back to the hospital, only to find out that her father has been admitted. Whilst her father fights for his life, Cath has to examine all that is dear to her.

Starring:

Elin Phillips - Y Syrcas, Zanzibar, îha Sheelagh

Gareth Milton - Benny & Jolene, Da Vinci's Demons, Alys

Kezia Burrows - Alien: Isolation, Viking: The Berserkers, Remember Me

Simon Rivers - Doctors

First Aired: September 2009 on BBC One Wales

 

In the first episode, in a bid to win the respect of a new consultant, Cath (Kezia Burrows), Ameer (Simon Rivers), Simon (Gareth Milton) and Rhian (Elin Phillips) try to out-do each other on the wards. Their quest leads them to a final twist none of them expected.

Later, new specialties for the junior doctors bring with them their own challenges. Rhian faces huge pressure in work and her private life whilst Simon searches for the meaning of truelove.

In episode 3, it should be a quiet Sunday night shift, but with a suicidal radio DJ, a quest to save the work of a doctor’s lifetime and Ameer’s stalker to deal with, the gang have their work cut out.

In Episode 4 we see Cath, Rhian and Ameer attempting to discover why Simon is convinced of his own early demise – with surprising results. Alongside this, Simon helps Sister Alice with a special secret project. 

Later, Ameer questions whether he puts his faith, and the faith of others, aside in order to save lives. Alun battles with his urge to satisfy his desire for a forbidden fruit. 

The series reaches a climactic conclusion as Cath’s birthday takes a tragic turn - twelve year-old Gabby dies in her arms and makes her question her life choices.

Starring:

Elin Phillips - Y Syrcas, Zanzibar, îha Sheelagh

Gareth Milton - Benny & Jolene, Da Vinci's Demons, Alys

Kezia Burrows - Alien: Isolation, Viking: The Berserkers, Remember Me

Simon Rivers - Doctors

First Aired: May 2010 on BBC One Wales

Hustle

 

From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

Following his stint in Australia selling the Sydney Opera House to an unsuspecting punter, Mickey ‘Bricks’ Stone (Adrian Lester) has returned to a new London. The credit crunch has hit Britain and while the majority of the nation is tightening their belts, there are still a scurrilous and greedy few who are getting ever richer from other's losses – the perfect marks for the best grifter in the business - and Mickey is keen to put new and inventive plans into action to extract their cash!

However, it’s not just the financial state of the nation that has seen a change; Mickey’s crew is looking somewhat depleted too. Ash ‘Three Socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister) is back to short cons whilst Danny and Stacey are grifting their way across America. Even Mickey’s old friend and mentor, Albert (Robert Vaughn), seems to have disappeared but Mickey soon finds that he has finally been busted and is currently detained at her majesty’s pleasure.

However, far from desperate to get out of prison, Albert is living the life of Riley; catching up on his reading, playing cards with the guards and watching his favourite TV shows! But the art of the long con is in his blood and naturally has a few marks up his sleeve, ready and waiting to be relieved of their cash.

Mickey is determined that he and Ash get a new crew together but with Albert’s tip off for a potential mark ready for the taking they have more pressing matters at hand, starting with an obnoxious young woman who’s made a killing in dubious property developments…

Starring:

Adrian Lester - Red Band Society, Merlin, Bonekickers

Robert Glenister - Cryptic, Vera, Law & Order: UK

Robert Vaughn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The American Side, Coronation Street 

Matt Di Angelo - Eastenders, The Smoke, Borgia

Kelly Adams - Mr Selfridge, Bluestone 42, Tomorrow in a Day

First Aired: January 2009 on BBC One

From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

Master con man Mickey ‘Bricks’ Stone (Adrian Lester) returns, with his ‘partners in crime’; veteran roper, Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) and fixer extraordinaire, Ash ‘Three Socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister). Series six follows the team’s adventures as they target more greedy fat cats, liberating them from their not-at-all hard earned cash.

Also returning are brother and sister duo, Emma and Sean Kennedy (Kelly Adams and Matt Di Angelo) the two new grifters who Mickey took under his wing to teach how to master their art. Now, as fully fledged members of the Hustle team, Emma and Sean continue to learn about being a part of the grifting world and the risks and rewards it can bring.

Starring:

Adrian Lester - Red Band Society, Merlin, Bonekickers

Robert Glenister - Cryptic, Vera, Law & Order: UK

Robert Vaughn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The American Side, Coronation Street 

Matt Di Angelo - Eastenders, The Smoke, Borgia

Kelly Adams - Mr Selfridge, Bluestone 42, Tomorrow in a Day

First Aired: January 2010 on BBC One

From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

The Hustle team are back for another series; ready to con society’s most greedy and part them from their hard earned cash. At the helm is master con man Mickey Bricks (Adrian Lester). Mickey only works with the best and alongside him he’s assembled expert fixer Ash ‘three socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister), master roper Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) and brother and sister team Sean and Emma Kennedy (Matt Di Angelo and Kelly Adams).

The team’s first rule of thumb - never con an honest man; and they have a wealth of greedy adversaries lined up for some of their most audacious cons yet. There’s a cruel modelling agent who scams young girls out of their hard earned cash, an unscrupulous social climber at the helm of a greedy loan firm, an Iranian hard man nicknamed ‘the Dentist’ and even a notorious grifter buster! This time around there are also personal scores to settle and whilst one member of the team will fight to save their family name another will find themselves questioning whether the life of a grifter is really for them. Tough decisions and plenty of fun abound as the team go head to head with some of the meanest, greediest people society has to offer.

Starring:

Adrian Lester - Red Band Society, Merlin, Bonekickers

Robert Glenister - Cryptic, Vera, Law & Order: UK

Robert Vaughn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The American Side, Coronation Street 

Matt Di Angelo - Eastenders, The Smoke, Borgia

Kelly Adams - Mr Selfridge, Bluestone 42, Tomorrow in a Day

First Aired: January 2011 on BBC One

Moving Wallpaper

 

Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures presents two interlinking shows, Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach.

Moving Wallpaper

Jonathan Pope (Ben Miller) is a man on a mission. That mission is to make the most talked about post-watershed soap opera in Britain; Echo Beach. But when your boss hates you, the writers despair of you and the entire cast and crew think you’re a prat, that mission is bound to be a fraught one…  

Starring:

Ben Miller – Death In Paradise, Primeval, Armstrong and Miller

With Raquel Casssidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Saxondale, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinead Keenan (Trouble With Sex).

 

Echo Beach

Echo Beach follows the lives of Daniel Marrack (Jason Donovan), Susan Penwarden (Martine McCutcheon) and Mark Penwarden (Hugo Speer) whose affairs of the heart are played out amongst teenage angst, family loyalties and tested friendships. When Susan’s ex-lover Daniel returns to Polnarren it rocks the foundations of her marriage to Mark.

Starring:

Jason Donovan - Keith Lemon: The Film, Neighbours

Martine McCutcheon – Love Actually, Eastenders

Hugo Speer - Bleak House, Full Monty

With Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street), Ed Speleers (Eragon), Marcus Patrick (Hollyoaks), Laura Greenwood (Prime Suspect 7), Christian Cooke (Where The Heart Is), Jonathan Readwin (Robin Hood), Naomi Ryan (Dream Team), Chandeep appal (Anita and Me) and newcomer Hannah Lederer-Alton.

 

Appearing in both shows: Susie Amy - Footballer’s Wives, Hotel Babylon

Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach has a distinctive set up; eagle-eyed viewers will see jokes, characters and stories crossing from one show to the other.

First Aired: January 2008 on ITV1

 

From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

After a ground-breaking first series, Moving Wallpaper is back for a second series. Series 2 picks up where the last series ended – Jonathan Pope (Ben Miller) and his team await their fate at the hands of the merciless Head of Continuing Drama at ITV1, Nancy Weeks (Raquel Cassidy). Despite the end of Echo Beach, a clause in Jonathan’s contract means ITV must now offer Jonathan a pilot to produce – much to Nancy’s annoyance. ITV’s audience must brace themselves for Jonathan’s new project: Renaissance, a terrifying one off drama starring Kelly Brook and Alan Dale. Will Jonathan’s complete lack of subtlety or tact but occasional genius be enough to make it work? And more importantly will the world be ready for another Jonathan Pope production?

Starring:

Ben Miller – Death In Paradise, Primeval, Armstrong and Miller

Kelly Brook - Lemon La Vida Loca, Pirahna 3D

Alan Dale - NCIS, Dominion, Hot In Cleveland

With Raquel Casssidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Saxondale, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinead Keenan (Trouble With Sex).

First Aired: February 2009

Holby Blue

 

The challenges facing the police officers and CID unit of Holby South are very different to the traditional ‘bobby on the beat’ – hard drugs, even harder gang members, and the constant threat of terrorism all combine to prove that modern-day policing isn’t just about robberies and ASBOs. Despite being weighed down by never ending bureaucracy, the officers of Holby South aspire to be the best, putting their personal opinions and passions to one side in order to make Holby a safer place to live.

Straight talking DI John Keenan (Cal Macaninch) lives for his job and will stop at nothing to secure a conviction. John somehow manages to be a great dad to his two young children, but a lousy husband to Kate (Zoe Lucker). They are both playing the field following their recent split but it’s clear that neither is really ready to move on. When Kate applies for a job at the station, John’s recent fling with colleague Rachel Barker CPS (Sara Powell), is set to make all their lives even more complicated.

Inspector Jenny Black (Kacey Ainsworth) seems for all the world to have managed the impossible and “has it all” – a successful job and happy marriage and family. But the reality is that, in an effort to be the perfect wife, mother and career woman, Jenny has long neglected her own needs, and her frustration cannot be contained forever… Holby South’s veteran DCI Harry Hutchinson (Tim Pigott-Smith) is due for retirement and his team is pushing hard to secure a conviction against the city’s crime boss Neculai Stenga (Velibor Topic) to help secure Harry’s legacy even though he just wants a quiet life and is keen to keep his distance from the whole investigation.

Starring:

Cal Macaninch - Banished, Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness

Jimmy Akingbola - Rev, Holby City

Zoe Lucker - Waterloo Road, Eastenders

Kacey Ainsworth - Grantchester, The Wright Way

Tim Pigott-Smith - Jupiter Ascending, Quantum of Solace

First Aired: May 2007 on BBC One

 

A murder at Holby City General initially looks to be quite a simple affair as the hospital's well respected registrar, Jacqueline Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is accused of stabbing a man whilst on duty and her colleagues aren't falling over themselves to help prove her innocence.

The evidence is stacked against the head-strong doctor and following a humiliating arrest at the hospital, she is subjected to a series of gruelling questions at Holby South Station in a storyline that spans both dramas - the first time Holby Blue has crossed paths with it's sister show. Jac is adamant about her innocence yet finds it increasingly difficult to prove as witness statements detail how she threatened the victim; a man who attacked her last year, and her prints are all over the weapon but she is insistent that she wasn’t the one who stabbed him.

New to this extended series is young and charismatic DCI Scott Vaughan (Oliver Milburn) who is drafted in to replace disgraced DCI Harry Hutchinson who was arrested at his own retirement party on corruption charges. DI John Keenan (Cal Macaninch) is relieved to be rescued from the mountain of paperwork he’s had to deal with whilst he’s been filling in as acting DCI but his trust in his superiors has been severely bruised and Scott has to prove his worth to his well worn DI.

Scott is quick to make his presence felt at that station by ingratiating himself with his new colleagues but one of the team is rather familiar; the previous evening he had been flirting with a beautiful stranger at a police event who, unbeknownst to him, was John’s wife Kate (Zoe Lucker)!

John and Kate’s relationship soon hits choppy waters when a case involving domestic violence strikes a raw nerve with the brash detective. In order to lay ghosts to rest, John visits his father in prison but far from letting bygones be bygones, John Senior is intent on winning the battle of wills against his head-strong son and keep him under control. John’s patience is tested as his father continues to play games with his emotions just as he did when he was a child. An unexpected revelation that Kate has secretly contacted his father against his wishes shocks John to the core and sets a ball in motion that has the most serious of consequences for not only John but his whole family.

Inspector Jenny Black (Kacey Ainsworth) is still in charge of uniform including PCs Robert Clifton (Kieran O'Brien), Lucy Slater (Elaine Glover), Kelly Cooper (Chloe Howman), Neil Parker (Jimmy Akingbola) and William Jackson (Joe Jacobs). But the tragic death of one of the officers sends shockwaves through the team…

Starring:

Cal Macaninch - Banished, Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness

Jimmy Akingbola - Rev, Holby City

Zoe Lucker - Waterloo Road, Eastenders

Kacey Ainsworth - Grantchester, The Wright Way

Oliver Milburn - The Descent, Driving Lessons

First Aired: March 2008 on BBC One

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Tim Key - Executive Producer, Drama

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Executive Producer, Drama

Tim is Executive Producer of DEATH IN PARADISE, and also works across Development. His producing credits include EMMERDALE, BROOKSIDE, THE BILL and WATERLOO ROAD, as well as DEATH IN PARADISE and BY ANY MEANS for Red Planet Pictures.

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Garry worked as a carpenter until he became Tony’s PA in 1999. Garry has now been with Red Planet since it formed in 2007, and is now the office manager.

Alex Jones - JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Alex is Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures alongside Belinda Campbell and has been part of the team since its first production back in 2007. Initially working in production, he started his career at Thames Television almost 20 years ago where he cut his teeth on long running drama and soap. Alex is instrumental in overseeing all of the company’s output and manages the negotiations for major co-production deals with multiple partners across the world - most notably, for ratings smash DEATH IN PARADISE, which has sold into over 220 territories globally. Currently airing series nine on BBC One to over eight million viewers a week, the sun-soaked crime drama is about to go into production on series 10 and celebrate its 10-year anniversary. An active spokesperson within the television industry, Alex holds positions at PACT and ScreenSkills HETV, sitting on the councils for both.

James Hall - Development Producer/Story Consultant, Drama

James Hall
Development Producer/Story Consultant, Drama

Alongside development work, James is a story consultant and writer on DEATH IN PARADISE. He has previously worked as a Script/Story Producer on the show. Prior to that James has script/story edited, written and produced on shows including EASTENDERS, THE BILL and HOLBY CITY.

Julie Gissing  - Finance Director

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Finance Director

Julie has worked in the accountancy profession for 30 years, 20 of which were as Tony's personal accountant before joining Red Planet Pictures as Head of Finance.

Belinda Campbell - JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR

Belinda Campbell
JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR

Belinda joined Red Planet Pictures in 2011 as an Executive Producer and is now Joint Managing Director, alongside Alex Jones. Prior to that she worked at the BBC where she oversaw CASUALTY and HOLBY CITY. Belinda oversees development and Exec Produces all of Red Planet Pictures’ drama content, most recently for Jane Austen’s SANDITON, a bold and exciting drama written by Andrew Davies for ITV and Masterpiece in the US. Other credits include Sky One action-adventure series HOOTEN AND THE LADY, the critically acclaimed 20-part series DICKENSIANTHE ARKTHE PASSING BELLS, all for BBC One. Belinda also set up the ratings smash and sun-soaked hit crime drama DEATH IN PARADISE, which is currently airing series nine on BBC One and about to go into production on series 10.

Tony Jordan - CEO

Tony Jordan
CEO

Market trader turned award-winning writer, Tony Jordan has run or created some of the most iconic shows on British drama (EASTENDERS, LIFE ON MARS and HUSTLE for starters). He now combines a packed writing schedule with driving the expansion of the indie he created in his own image – Red Planet Pictures. 

Debbie Brooks - PA to Tony Jordan & Julie Gissing

Debbie Brooks
PA to Tony Jordan & Julie Gissing

Debbie previously worked as Team Manager at T-Mobile for 9 years then moved onto the Metropolitan Police where she was a PA to Senior Management for 7 years.  She joined the Red Planet Team in 2014 and worked as Accounts Assistant. Debbie now works as PA to CEO Tony Jordan and Finance Director, Julie Gissing.

Missy Fitzalan Howard - Development Executive

Missy Fitzalan Howard
Development Executive

Missy joined Red Planet in 2016 after working in production for Thames Television, Phil McIntyre Television and as a reader for Big Talk Productions. She develops and script edits a range of projects for Red Planet from very new to established talent.

Matthew Warner - Finance Manager

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Isaac Whiting - Production Assistant

Isaac Whiting
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Sarah Barton - Head of Development

Sarah Barton
Head of Development

Sarah joined the development team after working for Scott Free London. She started her career in tv as a researcher on factual dramas including DUNKIRK and THE PROMISE. Script editing for EASTENDERS followed, after which she developed a wide range of shows at the BBC where credits included LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD, OLIVER TWIST, FIVE DAYS II, GOOD COP and THE CRIMSON FIELD. 

 

Rowan Greenaway - Development Executive

Rowan Greenaway
Development Executive

Rowan spent over a decade working in factual television developing, producing and directing for the BBC, Betty and Raw TV. At Raw she worked across a slate of developments for AMC and CNN. Bitten by the drama bug, Rowan worked on projects with eOne, Heyday and 42 before joining Red Planet’s development team in 2017.  

Michelle Frances - Literary Acquisitions Executive

Michelle Frances
Literary Acquisitions Executive

Michelle joined Red Planet from BBC Wales where she was Head of Development. Prior to this she worked at Wall to Wall Media, Talkback Thames and Company Pictures, where she was associate producer and script editor on SHAMELESS.  Michelle is also an author, and her international best-seller THE GIRLFRIEND was published in 2017.

 

Toby Millward - Production Co-ordinator

Toby Millward
Production Co-ordinator

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Andy Daniel - Development Assistant

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Andy worked for ten years as an actor in both Theatre and Television. He then worked as a reader for Sky Drama UK, Bad Wolf Productions and Moonage Pictures before joining Red Planet Pictures as Development Assistant in 2019.

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THE RED PLANET PRIZE

 

** Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all the writers who have entered. Good luck!**

The 2020 ITV Red Planet Prize will focus its search on new writers who can create original, authentic content for ITV, the home of dynamic mainstream drama.

“We are incredibly proud that The Red Planet Prize is again partnering with ITV Drama for 2020 to provide a much needed platform for the next generation of writers for television to get their first break, and in turn to bring fresh ideas and voices into the industry." Tony Jordan, Red Planet Pictures CEO

“ITV is the home of mainstream drama.  Our shows need to be noisy, unmissable and appeal to a wide audience, which means reflecting and celebrating the diverse makeup of the UK today.  We are looking for brilliant storytellers and particularly encourage writers from underrepresented communities. ITV is for everyone, across background, race, disability, sexuality, gender identity and expression.” Chloe Tucker, ITV Drama Commissioner

Writers are the lifeblood of our industry and ITV and Red Planet, two giants of popular drama will join forces again to champion talent and diversity in their search for bold new serial and series ideas.  ITV Red Planet Prize will be looking for the best drama ideas that come from writers from all communities that characterise modern Britain.

Up to ten shortlisted writers will be invited to a one day pitching master-class with Tony Jordan and ITV Drama Execs, and they will then have 1 week to write up their pitch and series outline. Judges include Rashan Stone (Actor/Writer) Kate Rowland (Creative Producer) Chloe Tucker (ITV Drama Commissioner) Belinda Campbell (Managing Director Red Planet Pictures)

4 writers will be invited to final interview to discuss their idea.

The winner of the competition will get a script commission for their submitted pitch as well as development opportunities. 

The runners up will also be provided with development opportunities.


Schedule

Launch                                        January 23rd 2020

Submissions Online                  March 27th - April 13th 2020

Shortlist Masterclass                 June 17th 2020*

Final Interviews                          July 10th 2020*

Winner announced                   July 2020

Due to unprecedented circumstances we have decided to extend the submission window into the school holidays. We hope this helps writers who are managing the pressures of home-schooling and illness.

Submissions will be welcomed from Friday March 27th 2020 until Monday April 13th 2020 here on our website. The winner will be announced summer 2020. 

*Please note that the masterclass will take place online via zoom due to COVID-19 and the interviews may also.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for writers who can create unforgettable contemporary drama, characters that make you sit up, and demand you watch them and share the moment. We want to see authentic voices and stories that serve all our audiences.

Writers will be asked to think big, think how they can make their idea stand out in a competitive marketplace. This year ITV's focus is on:

Unmissable 4-Part Thriller - this could be a psychological, conspiracy, relationship, crime, or political thriller. 

OR

Returning Procedural series - this could include crime, medical and legal, where the authenticity and diversity of the world, the characters and their relationships hook you in week after week. 

 

Writers will be asked to submit:

1. An existing original spec script, full length and for any medium TV, film, radio, theatre
2. A one/two page pitch and logline for an original TV serial or series idea for ITV (as outlined above)
3. A short CV highlighting any writing credits (these are not essential to enter)
 

Please be aware:

- The idea should not be in development with another broadcaster or independent company.

- For this particular competition period drama ideas will not be considered. 

- Screenwriters must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

 

Please refer to FAQs below for further details.

 

FAQs:

What do I need to submit?

1. An existing original script for any medium

2. A one/two-page pitch for an original TV series/serial idea (see details above)

3. A brief CV.

Can my script and pitch be for the same idea?

Yes but only if the idea is not in development with any other broadcaster or independent production company.

Can my spec script have been produced?

Yes, as long as it is an example of your original writing (e.g. tv, stage play, radio play, feature film etc.)

Can my spec script be for an existing TV series?

No, we do not accept scripts written for an existing drama series. All ideas must be original.

Can my spec script be for a short film?

No, we need to see examples of your ability to extend and develop a narrative.

Can I submit with a writing partner?

Yes, as long as the spec script is an example of your writing partnership.

Can I enter if I am a resident of the Republic of Ireland?

Yes. Applicants must be residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland.

When is the deadline?

9am on Monday the 13th April 2020. No submissions will be accepted after this time. Please ensure you submit with plenty of time.

How do I submit?

Writers will be asked to submit via the Red Planet website. A link will go live on Friday 27th March 2020 where entrants will need to upload digital copies of their work until April 13th 2020.

When will I know whether I am through to the next stage?

We look forward to letting you know on Tuesday 9th of June. Thank you for your patience.

Will I receive feedback on my submission if I am unsuccessful?

No, feedback will not be given for unsuccessful submissions.

 

Background information:

The Red Planet Prize launched in 2007 and has enjoyed considerable success in uncovering some true hidden talent. Designed to find and establish Britain's next generation of showrunners, the creative initiative has uncovered and developed a number of aspiring writers. Previous finalist Robert Thorogood created the BBC One smash hit series Death in Paradise, now starring Ardal O'Hanlon and produced by Red Planet Pictures, which returned to BBC One for a ninth series in January 2020. 

This year's Prize winner will be produced by Kate Rowland, who will also be one of the judges. Rowland set up the BBC Writersroom and across her career she has been responsible for developing the early career of some of the UK's most successful screenwriters.

ITV has always played a vital part in the landscape of British drama and shows such as CrackerScott and Bailey, to the more recent Cheat, The Bay, A Confession and Manhunt have had an impact on audiences, whilst also promoting emerging talent at a key 9.00pm slot.  

Red Planet Pictures is the home of popular drama, from Sanditon and Dickensian, to the much loved Death in Paradise a previous Prize winner, now in its ninth series.

 

 

 

 

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