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WYVERN HILL

FEATURE FILM WRITTEN BY KEITH TEMPLE
31 July 2020

We're delighted to announce that gothic horror film, WYVERN HILL, written by Keith Temple is due to start filming at the end of August in and around Hereford area. Director is Jonathan Zaurin and produced by Sarah Zaurin for Solo Productions/LBS Films. For info and images: https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/333856/poster-reveal-gothic-horror-wyvern-hill-in-pre-production-with-dr-who-writer/


UNSAID STORIES

PRODUCER: BARBARA EMILE
29 July 2020

Barbara Emile is currently producing 15' film, GENERATIONAL, for Greenacre Films/ITV as part of the channel's UNSAID STORIES strand inspired by Black Lives Matter. GENERATIONAL written by Jerome Bucchan-Nelson and directed by Alrick Riley explores the relationship between a black father and daughter. When William catches his teen-age daughter, Justina, sneaking out, the usual scenes of antagonism between parent and child follow. However, it soon transpires that Justina is sneaking out to a Black Lives Matter march. What follows is an enlightening, but bitter sweet conversation for both. But as the conversation progresses and elements from the father’s past come to the fore their positions evolve and change and they find some common ground. Filming on the four 15-minute films starts in London from 27th July, adhering to the TV and film production guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of the cast and crew.


SHAUN THE SHEEP: THE FARMER'S LLAMAS

WRITER: LEE PRESSMAN
22 July 2020

Catch a repeat showing of classic SHAUN THE SHEEP half hour special, "The Farmer's Llamas" on Saturday 25th July at 4.30pm on BBC1. Lee Pressman is co-writer of the special ep. Lee is currently team writer on Season 2 of hit animation series, TAFFY, contributing multiple episodes.


SKELTON'S GUIDE TO DOMESTIC POISONS

DAVID STAFFORD'S FIRST NOVEL IN 2-BOOK DEAL
15 July 2020

We're delighted to announce that David Stafford's first novel, period thriller, SKELTON'S GUIDE TO DOMESTIC POISONS is published in hardback and ebook by Allison & Busby on 17th Septbember. It's book one in a two-book deal for what we hope will be a long running series. Unassuming Yorkshireman, Arthur Skelton, is one of the most celebrated and recognisable barristers in the land. His success in the high-profile Dryden case - 'the scandal of 1929' - catapulted him to the front pages of the national newspapers. His services are now much in demand and, after careful consideration, he agrees to defend Mary Dutton. Dubbed 'The Collingford Poisoner' by the press, Mary is accused of poisoning her husband after years of abuse. Together with his trusted assistant, Skelton digs deeper and discovers that secrets and lies run deep in the Dutton family and all is not as it appears. It's available to order from Waterstones here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/skeltons-guide-to-domestic-poisons/david-stafford/9780749026738


DAISY & OLLIE Series 3

TEAM WRITER: HELENA SMEE
09 July 2020

Brand new episodes of hit animation series, DAISY & OLLIE, air daily from Monday 13th July at 7.10am on Channel 5's Milkshake! Helena Smee is team writer on the show contributing a number of episodes to the current run including Radio Times "Kid's Choice" for Thursday 16th July, "Do All Seashells Have Legs?"


SHAUN WILLIAMSON'S NEW BOOK ANNOUNCED

A Matter of Facts: One Man's Journey into the Nation's Quiz Obsession
03 July 2020

Writer, actor and huge quizzer, Shaun Williamson's debut book, A MATTER OF FACTS, is announced today. This from today's Bookseller: Cassell scores Shaun Williamson's quiz journey Published July 3, 2020 by Mark Chandler Octopus imprint Cassell has scored a journey into the world of quizzing by actor Shaun Williamson. Publishing director Trevor Davies acquired world English language rights from Warren Sherman of Cecily Ware Literary Agents. A Matter of Facts: One Man's Journey into the Nation's Quiz Obsession will be published in October 2020. The synopsis states: “A personal journey into the world of quizzes, at the start Shaun enters the World Quiz Grand Prix, pitching his knowledge against the Nation's finest minds, including Eggheads and Chasers... he fails. Unperturbed, he sets out to improve his skills through memory training, practice and even hypnosis. He reforms his old quiz team and they try to recapture their former glory years and try to work their way through the leagues. As he does so, he meets many characters and experiences the wonderful vagaries of the pub quiz and discovers its place, not just in communities, but in people's lives. It’s an experience that makes him reflect on his life: growing up in suburban Kent, his stint in the Navy, his time on 'EastEnders' and the discovery of a long‐lost son.” Shaun Williamson is best known for playing Barry Evans in BBC1's “Eastenders” from 1994 to 2004 and for the Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant series '”Extras” and “Life's Too Short”. He has also appeared on a string of TV quiz shows and currently hosts the world’s biggest online quiz for Quizzing.tv. He commented: “I'm thrilled that my first book is being published and excited to share with you my adventures from a year immersed in the world of quizzing. Writing this book has put me in some fascinating and, often, bizarre situations and I've met some incredible characters along the way. It's also unearthed what I suspected all along: NOTHING gets the British as animated as a good quiz as lockdown has proven. I feel honoured to share my story and also very humbled... 'cause there ain't half some clever people out there!” Davies said “Shaun’s story is an absorbing and timely look at his own and the Nation’s quizzing obsession. It comes at a moment when the country’s hidden love of quizzes has been truly exposed. It’s told with all the joy and energy you’d expect from Shaun and cleverly weaves his quizzing mission with his own life story, which is at times poignant, surprising and hilarious. Anyone who’s ever done a pub quiz will love this book.”


NEW CLIENT: STEVE CASEY

DRAMA SCRIPTWRITER
30 June 2020

We're delighted to welcome up-and-coming TV writer, Steve Casey, to the agency. He's an experienced playwright with a number of originals to his name. Steve joins us fresh from EastEnders where he's currently Storyliner. He's an exciting new talent with a great future ahead of him.


THE CITY UNDER SIEGE BY MICHAEL RUSSELL

Hardback Publication
26 June 2020

Book 6 in Michael Russell's wartime thriller series is published on 2nd July by Constable/Little Brown and available in hardback and ebook from all good on-line retailers and booksellers. 1941, Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie is ferrying documents between Dublin and war-torn London. When Ireland's greatest actor is arrested in Soho, after the brutal murder of a gay man, Stefan extricates him from an embarrassing situation. But suddenly he is looking at a series of murders, stretching across Britain and Ireland. The deaths were never investigated deeply as they were not considered a priority. And there are reasons to look away now. It's not only that the killer may be a British soldier, Scotland Yard is also hiding the truth about the victim. But an identical murder in Malta makes investigation essential. Malta, at the heart of the Mediterranean war, is under siege by German and Italian bombers. Rumours that a British soldier murdered a Maltese teenager can't go unchallenged without damaging loyalty to Britain. Now Britain will cooperate with Ireland to find the killer and Stefan is sent to Malta. The British believe the killer is an Irishman; that's the result they want. And they'd like Stefan to give it to them. But in the dark streets of Valletta there are threats deadlier than German bombs...


EMMERDALE

WRITTEN BY JANE PEARSON
24 June 2020

Catch Jane Pearson's latest episode of EMMERDALE on Wednesday 1st July at 7pm on ITV. Andrea's worst fears are confirmed while Rhona and Nate fear they will be found out.


DOG LOVES: Magic

written by Lee Pressman
12 June 2020

Pug wants to perfect his magic tricks, so Dog opens up an adventure to meet the great Hugh Deanie. But Pug’s magic allows all the rabbits to escape! Dog saves the day by dressing the magician as a carrot, leading all the rabbits to follow him into his magic hat. Don't miss Lee's episode showing on CBeebies on 26th June at 9.15am


BAFTA TV NOMINATIONS

SOON GONE: A WINDRUSH CHRONICLE - CARMEN HARRIS / EMMERDALE - JANE PEARSON
11 June 2020

Congrats on well-deserved Bafta TV nominations for SOON GONE: A WINDRUSH CHRONICLE in Short Form category. Carmen Harris scripted the opening episode. EMMERDALE in the Soap and Continuing Drama category. Jane Pearson is team writer on the show.


EASTENDERS

WRITTEN BY KIM REVILL
03 June 2020

Start the week with two episodes of EastEnders written by Kim Revill on Monday 8th June at 8pm and Tuesday 9th June at 7.30pm on BBC1 and iPlayer. Ian arranges a memorial for Dennis only to get overcome with emotion when he starts to make his speech. Little does Sharon know that they're tears of guilt rather than grief. Meanwhile, Peter organises a fitness class in the square.


THE CITY IN FLAMES BY MICHAEL RUSSELL

Paperback Publication
31 May 2020

Michael Russell's fifth Stefan Gillespie novel in the series, THE CITY IN FLAMES, is out now in paperback from all good on-line retailers. 1940. A woman lands on the Scottish coast from a German flying boat and goes to ground, hunted by British Intelligence. Suspended from the Irish police for reasons he won't explain, Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie is working on his father's farm in Wicklow. One day he vanishes, leaving no sign of where he is heading - or why. Even in rural Ireland, rumours of assassination and Nazi spies fill the air, leaving Stefan's father to wonder whether he is in terrible danger. Meanwhile in London, Stefan is undercover, working in a pub: The Bedford Arms in Camden. Run by an alcoholic, bankrupt landlord, it's a wartime refuge for the Irish in London. And while the city shakes under the Blitz, Stefan falls into a romance with Vera Kennedy, an Irishwoman who has her own dark secrets to hide. But behind closed doors, a different war is being fought, and Stefan has more work than pulling pints on his hands. The Bedford Arms hides some unexpected dangers. The drunken landlord is not as witless as he seems, and Stefan's mission is under perilous threat. When Vera disappears, he discovers that the Nazis were far closer to home than he thought. As he embarks on a journey to trace Vera from London to Ireland, Stefan will have to decide where his true loyalties lie.


EMMERDALE

WRITTEN BY JANE PEARSON
13 May 2020

Catch Jane Pearson's latest episode of EMMERDALE on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm on ITV and repeated on ITV2 on Thursday at 8.15am and 12.35pm and available on ITV Hub. Leyla fears she has ruined things with LIam.


DOG LOVES BOOKS

TEAM WRITER: LEE PRESSMAN
06 May 2020

Catch new episodes of CBeebies animation series, DOG LOVES BOOKS, daily from Monday 11th May at 9.15am. Lee Pressman is team writer on the show contributing a number of episodes. It's Radio Times Kid's Choice on Wednesday 13th.


THE CITY IN FLAMES BY MICHAEL RUSSELL

Paperback Publication
06 May 2020

Michael Russell's wonderful wartime thriller, THE CITY IN FLAMES, is published in paperback in the UK on 28th May. It's the 5th book in his series and Stefan Gillespie finds himself closer to home in Camden Town. For those that can't wait, the Kindle edition is currently available at a promotional price on Amazon. Book 6 in the series, THE CITY UNDER SIEGE is scheduled for hardback publication on 2nd July.


DOCTOR WHO

WRITTEN BY DARREN JONES
15 April 2020

Darren Jones' full-cast DOCTOR WHO audio drama "Cry of the Vultriss" is released today by Big Finish on download and CD. It stars Colin Baker, Lisa Greenwood and Miranda Raison. It's available to buy direct from Big Finish below. https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/doctor-who-cry-of-the-vultriss-2045


DAISY & OLLIE Series 3

TEAM WRITER: HELENA SMEE
28 March 2020

Third series of hit animation show, Daisy & Ollie, has its Channel 5 premiere on Milkshake! daily at 7.10am starting Monday 2nd April. Helena Smee is team writer on the show contributing a number of episodes to this series and forthcoming Series 4.


EMMERDALE

WRITTEN BY JANE PEARSON
25 March 2020

Rationing of episodes at the moment but Jane Pearson's next EMMERDALE goes out on Wednesday 1st April at 7pm on ITV and available on the ITV Hub.


LITTLE PRINCESS SERIES 4

WRITTEN BY SALLY MARCHANT
24 March 2020

Catch two more of Sally Marchant's delightful episodes of LITTLE PRINCESS on C5's Milkshake! strand. "I Want Apple Juice" on Monday 23rd March and "Copy Cat" on Tuesday 31st March at 8.40am. They're both available on catch up too.