Described by The Telegraph critic Allison Pearson as “devastatingly good”, Poldark is the perfect blend of action, adventure, forbidden romance and intrigue, set against the stunning Cornish coast.
An instant hit when it first screened on BBC One in 2015, the show raked in around six million viewers per week (as well as a further seven million in the US), making it one of the most watched shows in Britain – and boasting more than TWICE the audience of Game of Thrones.
Written with vim, vigour and a modern sensibility, Debbie Horsfield captured the public’s imagination AND maintained its prime time slot. To the distress of its loyal fans, its fifth and final season aired in the summer of 2019, but its legacy endures…
Meet Debbie Horsfield and the team to find out how it was written and produced, why it was such an enormous success and how to keep ratcheting up the drama, season upon season.
If you want to write multi-season historical drama for television, this is an absolutely unmissable session.
Appearing in this session
Credits include Poldark, Life in Squares, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Credits include Poldark; Sex, Chips & Rock 'n Roll; All The Small Things
Credits include Poldark, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness
Credits include Poldark, Ordeal by Innocence
Credits include Poldark, Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders
Screenwriting for Film & Television
Would you like to know how original serials and procedurals are REALLY designed? If the “over the counter” stuff leaves you confused or wanting, you’ve come to the right place: There’s more to TV series development than the superficial five-act paradigm!
How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.
Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive and exciting marketplace in 2020.
From Miss Marple to Dana Scully, numerous renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisiual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where, in a post-Me Too landscape, she is likely to head next…
For the third straight London SWF, we bring this thought-provoking, mind-opening session to screenwriters. The Female Gaze returns. With some of the most groundbreaking and trailblazing wonder women in the industry, we continue the conversation that affects ALL of us.
We all do it. Imagine our favourite actors saying our lines, maybe even write roles for a specific actor – without any notion of how to make that fantasy a reality. In this session, you will hear directly from professional actors what they look for when a script comes across their desk, and what turns their “Maybes” into “Yeses”.
Ever wondered what it’s REALLY like inside the writers’ room? How does collaboration work? How do you crack a story? What happens when the ideas dry up? Or when no one agrees? Get the inside scoop from TV legend Tony Jordan, experienced showrunner and creator of some of Britain’s best-loved shows.
Hear how writer Barbara Machin, producer Jane Steventon and director Justin Molotnikov took the low-budget feature Susan Hill’s Ghost Story from inception to transmission on Channel 5 in only a year and the trials and tribulations they faced.
Killing Eve is the poster child for strong female leads and diversity in its well-drawn BAME and LGBT characters. But it’s not just its inclusiveness that makes it feel so fresh and authentic. In this session, Lucy V Hay will discuss this iconic adaptation and why assassin stories never fail to capture the public’s imagination.
Following their magnificent reimaginings of such icons as The Doctor and Sherlock, creative titans Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis have once again given their treatment to a legendary character. Come hear the duo and producer Sue Vertue on how they brought their unique interpretation of Dracula to our screens.
Actress and international superstar Lena Headey debuts as writer/director with a screening of her BAFTA-nominated short film, The Trap, followed by an interview about her experiences of bringing it into reality… And, of course, there may be mention of her little known role as Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones.
In the crowded landscape of television production, binge watchers search by genre. Netflix, Amazon, and every other streaming service automatically feed viewers more of what they like. Writing in a specific genre is more important than ever before. How do you appeal to the fans of your chosen genre?
Take a unique peek into the development process of a real television show AS IT IS HAPPENING, with co-writers Michal Aviram and Romi Aboulafia who are currently working on their new female detective thriller, The Public.