TV & Film

 

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Hawkins

Hawkins was an original film for BBC Television about a man who lives a double life, as a Nietzschean Philosophy Lecturer and as a Detective who is fascinated by lowlife and criminal mentalities.

Originally broadcast by the BBC, it has also been shown as Film of the week on Australian National Television and as part of the season of Britflicks in Canada.

Reviews

“Strong drama.” The Mail

“Highly original piece of work.” Evening Standard

 


 

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Winner of Royal Television Society award for Best Children’s Drama. Also BAFTA nominated.

I wrote three full series of this before hanging up my magic fifty pence piece. I also played the part of a has-been rock singer in one episode.

 Reviews

“The Queen’s Nose was by far the best Children’s Drama of the time.” Times

“Storytelling and character development of the highest order.” TV Guide

Buy the Queen’s Nose here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00006LSHB

 


Guy X

A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.

 

Reviews

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An anti-war satire in the manner of M*A*S*H or Catch-22, and in fact is based on a novel of which I hadn’t previously heard: No-One Thinks of Greenland by John Griesemer. In 1979, a young soldier played by Jason Biggs is unceremoniously dumped from a transport plane at his new posting: a godforsaken US army barracks in Greenland, where there is 24-hour daylight for half the year, and continuous darkness the other half. His name is Corporal Rudy Spruance, but the army thinks that he is someone else, and simply won’t admit to their bizarre clerical mistake.

Having had his own identity surreally cancelled out, Rudy finds that the unit is run as a personal fiefdom by the autocratic Colonel Woolwrap (Jeremy Northam), who is having an affair with his assistant Sergeant Irene Teale (Natascha McElhone) with whom Rudy also falls in love.

Soon, he discovers that there is a terrible secret at these barracks, connected with Vietnam. A genuinely strange atmosphere is conjured up in this film, and the casting of Northam and McElhone, though a little eccentric, works well. An eerie, daylit nightmare.

Peter Bradshaw – Friday October 14, 2005 – The Guardian

 

guyx1There’s a clear attempt to capture a MASH/Catch 22 vibe in this quirky military comedy…In June 1979, Rudy Spruance (Biggs) is surprised to arrive at Qangattarsa Military Base in Greenland in the middle of a mosquito infestation. Especially since he was supposed to be in Hawaii, and now everyone’s calling him Pederson. The colonel (Northam) seems to exist in his own universe, while the men do whatever they like. Rudy falls for the colonel’s assistant (McElhone), which probably isn’t a good idea. And then he discovers a secret hospital ward and befriends a badly injured patient named X (Ironside). So what’s really going on here?

There’s plenty of dry and funny material here, augmented by the 24-hour sunshine, the gently subversive nature of the soldiers and Rudy’s role as the base newspaper editor. There’s a gently loping rhythm to the film, with absurd touches like ubiquitous puffins, a seriously lost lemon tree and the cinema’s never-ending run of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Meanwhile, there are quietly absorbing story strands as Rudy stumbles into the base’s secrets and woos an untouchable woman…

Performances are fine–realistic and engaging. Biggs is very good as the guy with the wrong name in the wrong place doing the wrong job…a lot of interesting ideas and a gorgeous-looking production (it was filmed in Iceland, and every frame looks terrific).

Rich Cline – 1st August, 2005

“Funny and original” (Esquire)
“Terrific”(Empire)
“Superb” Paul Anderson (XFM)
“Really enjoyed this film” Time Out

“Smart black-comedy in the MASH-vein. the script does very well crafting memorable moments along the way, from a cast of well-drawn supporting characters to Jeremy Northam’s almost unrecognisable and slightly loopy Colonel Woolwrap.”

New York Times

 


 

henker1THE SHADOW OF THE SWORD

The Middle Ages. The Inquisition.

Two friends make a blood pact friendship but are forced apart by a powerful and vengeful church and by their own passions. Georg, the prior, tries to withstand the pressure of the church.

However, his best friend Martin, the executioner, becomes a rebel, jeopardizing his existence, his life and his family.

He has to take on the diabolic machinery of the Inquisition. The friends become deadly enemies.

 

Reviews

“Looks and sounds great. A swashbuckling film with an impressive cast. Steven Berkoff makes a sinister Inquisitor.”

The Times

 


 

The Boot Street Band

BAFTA nominated, original drama which ran to 2 series, 12 episodes.

 

Reviews

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“Many children’s programmes are labelled comedy-drama to explain their light style but The Boot Street Band was genuinely funny; had it been recorded in front of a studio audience it would have garnered many laughs.”

Mark Lewisohn, The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy

 

“Fresh and imaginative stories and superb comic characters.”

Times

 

 


 

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Award winning series.

Reviews

“Another excellently plotted and acted episode in the long running series. Multi layered story of the politics of fox hunting, murder mystery and the tangled personal lives of the two main characters.”

Cunning Old Fox, TV Times

 

 


 

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Award winning series. Each series I worked on won a Writers Guild Award.

 


 

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I worked with a Romanian Director and Producer to rewrite a translated script.

A love story with many twists and turns set in war torn Romania.

The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


 

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A Faustian story for Children. A man seems determined to steal the identity of a schoolboy.

Writer’s Guild nomination for Best TV Drama.

 

 

 

 


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HARRY’S MAD

An incredibly clever talking parrot, Madison, changes the life of an English family when he arrives to live with them.

I did five series of this. We used two real parrots and an animatronic one. In a photoshoot I nearly lost an ear when the parrot decided on a particularly powerful nibble. We won a TV Press award for best series.