Clues For Success: Writing Detectives for Film and TV

Room: D204/5

with Barbara Machin, Tony McHale, Isabelle Grey, Matthew Graham, and Tony Garnett
moderated by Barbara Machin

Clues For Success: Writing Detectives for Film and TV image

Watch This Session

The ever-popular crime thriller genre , and the successful long running series, are crowded, ambitious rooms to be in . So how do you find a new crime concept and keep the storytelling and central characters fresh and challenging ? Our panel spans a huge spectrum of crime drama . From The Cops to Between The Lines to Waking The Dead to Silent Witness to The Accused to Life On Mars.

How did they do it and how can we do it again. And again ? That’s what we’re asking………

Appearing in this session

Tony McHale

Tony McHale – Screenwriter and Director

Credits include: Waking The Dead, Silent Witness

Actor turned Writer and Director Tony McHale has written hundreds of hours of iconic british crime television.

Tony McHale
Isabelle Grey

Isabelle Grey – Writer

Credits include: Midsomer Murders, Genghis Khan, Accused

Isabelle is a veteran screenwriter and new novelist who concentrates on crime and psychological suspense.


Isabelle Grey
Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham – Screenwriter

Credits include: Ashes To Ashes, Life On Mars

Matthew's career has gone from Byker Grove to a live action TV version of Star Wars (yes, Star Wars!)
Matthew Graham
Tony Garnett

Tony Garnett – Producer

Credits include: Kes, Beautiful Thing, This Life

Tony has had a prestigious and varied career as an actor, script editor, screenwriter, director and producer.
Tony Garnett
Barbara Machin

Barbara Machin – Screenwriter, Showrunner

Credits include Waking The Dead, The Bill

Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning screenwriter who created BBC One’s worldwide-selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Barbara Machin