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Jed Mercurio

Screenwriter
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Jed Mercurio is a television writer and novelist. His most recent TV series is Line of Duty, a police thriller that’s become BBC2’s biggest drama hit in a decade. He created the TV medical dramas Cardiac Arrest and Bodies, plus the comedy series The Grimleys and the science fiction miniseries Invasion Earth.

He has also written scripts for the Legend of the Tamworth Two, a modern-day version of Frankenstein and the TV adaptation of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back. His novels are Bodies (2002), Ascent (2007) and American Adulterer (2009).

He grew up in England and currently splits his work between London, Paris and Los Angeles.

Jed trained at the University of Birmingham Medical School and practised as a junior hospital doctor for three years. While still a medical student, he joined the Royal Air Force and received extensive flying training, with the intention of becoming a physician-pilot. Instead, following the success of Cardiac Arrest (written under the pseudonym John MacUre), he became a full-time writer.

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