Provocative, quick-witted and fiercely independent, Aphra Behn was bisexual libertine and undercover spy who defied the gender rules of her era by becoming England’s first ever female playwright.

APHRA is the true story of a girl who – with courage, wit and exceptional talent – defiantly forged her way through a sexist society and achieved things no woman had ever done before. It’s the tale of an extraordinary female underdog. A candle-lit thriller with real-life Machiavellian power struggles; a sexy fast-paced period drama told with the same outrageous and iconoclastic mischief with which Aphra lived her life.

The series will lead us through the twisting alleys, debauched theatres, secret chapels and four-poster bedrooms of Restoration London. Her career, her love-life and the fate of the nation will all become thrillingly intertwined, as she’s forced to risk it all to stop her country from tearing itself apart. In a cloak-and-dagger city of duplicity, performances and lies – who can you trust?

in development WITH:   

ORiGIN PICTURES

ENTITLED

Entitlement tends to corrupt - and absolute entitlement corrupts with deadly effect...

Ten years ago, Emma Curtis so violently rejected the lavish upper-class world she grew up in so that she ran away and completely changed her identity. But now  as a newly promoted Detective Inspector  a shocking double homicide is forcing her to walked right back into the twisted heart of it.

ENTITLED is a witty, seductive thriller – a police procedural with the visual glamour of The Crown and the savage opulence of Succession. It reveals the dark underbelly of a glittering world that can look so desirable from a distance, and the emotional poverty that so often disfigures the wealthiest families.

As a former journalist, covering London’s celebrity-filled, high-society parties for The Evening Standard, this was a world that I both reported on and socialised in. The series not only explores what life inside this gilded cage is really like, but what it means to try and walk away from all of it.

 

Is it ever possible to reject the privilege you were born into? Or is pretending to be ‘ordinary’ just another, subtler form of entitlement?

DISREPTUABLE

Everyone's heard of Sherlock Holmes. But the story of his real life female counterparts? It's never been told - until now

It’s 1889 and – at the heart of London – two rival private detective agencies doing something shocking and controversial. They're hiring women to solve cases and work undercover. In an age where the fairer sex are forever overlooked and underestimated, their new female operatives have just become their secret weapon.

DISREPUTABLE is a fast-paced, mischievous period drama based on the extraordinary true story of England’s first ever female private detectives. A series told with the same razor-sharp wit and defiant attitude of its heroines, the show will bring to life the rich and compelling vibrancy of Victorian London: from graceful drawing rooms to political intrigue and private fetish clubs; scrappy newspaper offices to opium dens and riotous music halls, our heroines’ investigations lead us on a wild journey through the dark heart of the city.

HELWYR

The Scottish Highlands are rich in tradition. Folklore and arcane customs that are passed down through the generations.

Traditions that can be beautiful – and dark – and deadly.

Talia know that she sounds crazy. But she refuses to back down. If she’s right, then something dark and terrifying happened out in the forest last night. And if she’s wrong – then why does it feel like everyone knows more than they’re saying?

 

What unspeakable secrets are the parents and teenagers of Kilwaith hiding?

HELWYR is an atmospheric and darkly compelling series that draws on the rich history of the folk horror tradition. It’s a show that combines the glitteringly intense teen world of Riverdale, with the captivating mystery of Stranger Things and the eerie, slow-growing terror of The Wicker Man.

in development WITH:   

ORiGIN PICTURES

PREVIOUSLY

something wicked

Meticulously plotted revenge and illicit sex. Dangerous obsessions and notes slipped in lockers. Unrequited love and closely watched Instagram accounts. Homework, lunch-break and murder.

Welcome to Elsinore - the school where every pupil is a teenage version of a character from Shakespeare.

SOMETHING WICKED is a modern teen noir - a twisted murder mystery set in the glamorous world of an English boarding school. The social politics are ruthless, the nests of secrets are deadly and someone in that classroom has blood on their hands. Villain, hopeless romantic, tragic damsel - don’t trust anything you think you know.
 

bBC STUDIOS

developed WITH:   

diary girls

Champagne. Red carpets. Flirting with film stars. Chasing down stories till 3am. Night bus home. Mattress on the floor of a shoebox flat. Back in the office four hours later. 

 

Welcome to the world of London’s young gossip writers.

Based on the three years Jessica spent working as a diarist for the Evening Standard, DIARY GIRLS offers a glimpse behind the curtain into the London’s extraordinary, celebrity-driven party scene.

 

It reveals the reality of being a struggling twentysomething journalist, surviving in the city while being screamed at by editors, humiliated by supermodels and falling for movie stars.

pLayground

developed WITH:   

CASADOR

When you’re a child, magic is real. All you have to is find it. So you wait. Patiently. For years. And then - you grow up. Suddenly you're too busy with school, house parties, sexting and snapchat to look for magic.

 

But... what if that was a mistake? 

 

CASADOR is a teen drama about what happens when the creatures from your nightmares and dreams finally stop hiding just out of sight – and come crashing through into the real world.

developed WITH:   

CBBC and

CLERKENWELL FILMS

GEMINI

CO-CREATED WITH IDRIS ELBA

If you came face-to-face with your doppelgänger - what would you do? GEMINI is a gripping, psychological thriller about the seductiveness of taking a break from your own life. The uncanniness of teaching someone how to pass themselves off as you. And the danger of giving anyone the power to do that.

GREEN DOOR PICTURES

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Snowflakes

Wild mercury 

productions

SNOWFLAKES is a comedy series that exposes the confusions and contradictions of the millennial generation. It follows the lives of a close-knit group of friends - the kind of twentysomethings who are devastated about Brexit and enjoy going on marches against Trump – but couldn’t tell you the name of their local MP. 

Who worry about money all the time and yet splash out like there’s no tomorrow. Even if they scrimped and saved and stayed in every night, they’d still be screwed. They might as well Tinder while Rome burns.

It’s a show full of attractive young people falling into bed with the wrong person, secretly being in love with one of their mates and inadvertently breaking each other’s hearts.

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APHRA

Libertine. Playwright. Royalist. Spy.