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What Was New 2014


THE AMERICAN LOVER | Rose Tremain

Rose's first short story collection in nearly a decade THE AMERICAN LOVER wss published on 6 November 2014.  The title story was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and the collection contains many other gems including THE HOUSEKEEPER. Fabulous press so far including: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/02/rose-tremain-fear-teaching-not-being-able-to-write

SYRIA: BREAD AND BOMBS | Tina Pepler

This follow up to CRISIS Tina's drama about aid workers features different characters in a Syrian setting. It's black, it's comic and it's full of heart-in-the-mouth moments. Tx is on BBC Radio 4 @ 10.45 daily w/b 24 November 2014.  Mary Ward-Lowery directs a young cast.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04prh8z for details.

THE FURCHESTER HOTEL | Simon Davies

Simon has written two episodes of the first ever TV show in the UK featuring Elmo and the Cookie Monster in a partnership between CBeebies and Sesame Street. The sesason premiere is on Friday 26 September with episodes on Fridays and Saturdays at 5pm THE FURCHESTER HOTEL is a series for 3-6 year olds set in an ‘almost’ world-class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters. The series introduces brand new characters and also welcomes the beloved Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. 

The Furchester Hotel, sneak peek behind the scenes

WPC 56 Series 2| Ray Brooking

BBC1's daytime drama hit from spring 2013, the critically acclaimed WPC 56, returns for a second series which transmits Monday to Friday at 14.15 from Monday, 10 February 2014. Series 1 is repeated in the same slot w/b Monday 3 February.  The drama follows Gina Dawson, played by Jennie Jacques, now settling into her work as a policewoman in a fictional, 1950s Midlands constabulary.

'Found a body yesterday.  Full of pills and whiskey.  Anything you want to tell me?'

Ray Brooking (writer) Episodes:  Dead Man Dancing - Tuesday 11 February 2014

That Old Devil Called Love - Thursday 13 February 2014This episode has just garnered a Best Actor nomination for Charlie De'ath in the RTS Midlands Awards (October 2014).

Series 3 is currently filming.

MY BIG FAT COWPAT WEDDING | Sayan Kent

Kali Theatre, Arts Alive and Black Country Touring present MY BIG FAT COWPAT WEDDING by Sayan Kent on a four week tour from October to rural and urban venues and in London at Soho Theatre’s Soho Elsewhere on 21 & 22 October 2014, Brown’s Courtrooms, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2. This new theatrical comedy was inspired by an urban/rural community exchange and has been 3 years in the planning. Prejudices were uncovered about different lives and the result is a celebration of a mixed marriage between a country girl and a lad from the city, in an exploration of relationships across the divide of rural/urban, race and gender.

Info on tour Info on London performances

EUGENIE GRANDET | Rose Tremain

Rose's two-part radio adaptation of Balzac's EUGENIE GRANDET - considered by many as the strongest novel in his magnificent HUMAN COMEDY series - goes out on BBC Radio 4's Classic Serial @ 15.00 on Sundays 27 July and 3 August, repeated the folllowing Saturday/s. Ian McKellen gives a blistering performance as Grandet, with an equally strong supporting cast.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bmtpk

THE EAGLE TRAIL | Robert Rigby

Walker Books published Robert's new WW2-set young adult novel in April 2014.  Who is the traitor among us? Adolescent Paul Hansen flees Nazi-occupied Antwerp where his father has been shot and his mother arrested. His desperate journey takes him through Belgium and France to the Pyrenees, aided by members of the Resistance, but the deadliest challenge lies ahead: the Eagle Trail... See

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/view/33642and http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/9708/The-Eagle-Trail-by-Robert-Rigby.html

for enticing synopses.

PARK THEATRE | John-Jackson Almond

JJ Almond is Executive Director of PARK THEATRE – London’s newest two space, state-of-the-art theatre situated thirty seconds from Finsbury Park tube station. Since opening in May 2013, productions at the theatre have included DAYTONA, starring Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer, which transferred to the West End, the critically lauded INTIMATE APPAREL and David Henry Hwang’s YELLOW FACE which went on to run at the National Theatre Shed. More info

Sheila Dinsmore

We're pleased to welcome UK/Canadian children's writer Sheila Dinsmore to our list.  Sheila is currently the Executive Story Editor for the new TV Ontario series, SHUTTERBUGS. We'll be looking after her in the UK and Europe and we look forward to sharing projects with her.

RUNNING STAG - THE GLAMPING PROJECT | Paul Jepson

After the success of THE INCOMERS play last year with the same creative team, Windswept Productions are developing RUNNING STAG - THE GLAMPING PROJECT with support from Arts Council England as a play and an online 'anti-play'.  RUNNING STAG by poet, playwright and satirist Murray Lachlan Young and directed by Paul Jepson, has been researched and developed March-June 2014, and is scheduled to tour in Autumn 2015. It aims to be a darkly funny, satirical investigation into the modern malady of loss of spirituality and too much choice. Expect reincarnation, astral travel and journeys into the Shamanic other world.  More info

WILDERNUTS | Pete Reeves

We are delighted to announce that Pete's episode of this enchanting new series from Kavaleer Productions for RTE Jr A PURSE FOR SCRUNCH has been entered into competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 2014). Another run of the show is currently scripting

THE COLOUR | Rose Tremain

Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING) is attached to direct an adaptation of Rose Tremain’s New Zealand Gold Rush-set novel THE COLOUR.

The film is in development with producer Ray Marshall’s Festival Films and will be co-produced with New Zealand producer Tim Coddington’s Nukuhau Films as an official NZ/UK co-production.

DOCTORS | Ray Brooking. Rob Rohrer

Ray Brooking (writer) - Not Waving - tx 6 November 2014

                                   - Truth Be Told - tx 29 September 2014

                                   - Green Eyed Monsters - tx 14 August 2014

                                  - Try a Little Tenderness - tx 12 June 2014

Rob Rohrer (director) - tx Friday 10 January, Monday 13 January, Tuesday                                         14 January 2014                               

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