Barbara MachinScreenwriter, Showrunner
Barbara Machin was the creator/writer and show runner of BBC One’s award-winning crime series Waking The Dead, running for ten years and winning an International Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2007.
Barbara marked Casualty’s 21st birthday with a guest film-length special, which subsequently won a BAFTA, and alongside other alumni returned for the show’s 30th birthday and onwards to create standalone specials, keeping her plugged into the realities of current long-running series.
Her feature length TV work includes: The Investigator (Channel 4, Helen Baxendale); Devil’s Advocate (BBC One, Lena Headey and David Morrisey); Pattern Of Life (ITV/BAFTA nominated); Carla (ITV, Lesley Sharp, Helen McCrory); Kiss Of Death (BBC One, Louise Lombard and Danny Dyer). Her adaptations include: Unsuitable Job For A Woman (PD James); Inspector Alleyn (Ngaio Marsh) and Serrailler (Susan Hill).
Barbara’s two-hour film adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost story The Small Hand transmits Boxing Day 2019 for Channel 5. Starring Dougie Henshall, Louise Lombard and Neve McIntosh, directed by Justin Molotnikov and produced by Jane Steventon, the entire production went from pitch to transmission in less than a year.
Barbara is currently developing, writing and show running a new ten-part crime series for Red Arrow: The Unspoken; adapting the Zoe Boehm crime novels by Mick Herron for Warp; and is rebirthing Waking the Dead with Hartswood, in which Sue Johnston, Holly Aird and Claire Goose will star. 3×2, filming in 2020.
Barbara Machin is appearing at the following sessions:
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…
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.