Brendan Foley, Writer-Director - TV, Features, Books.
In TV DRAMA
Brendan's most recent work is Nordic Noir series Cold Courage
for Lionsgate and Viaplay, produced in 2019/2020. He is also currently creating a new TV detective series, Inspector French
, developed with Free@Last TV, BBC TV and Northern Ireland Screen; Tunnel Kings
, a mini-series on WWII POW 'escape-artists' with Canada's CBC and Dream Street. He is also working with China's biggest TV producer, Croton Media, on Age of Heroes
, a new international English-language action-fantasy series based on Chinese and Celtic mythology. He recently completed the pilot script for SOS
, a new contemporary eco-thriller series by Finnish producers Luminoir, and Kvenland
, a riotous look at the dark ages in the frozen north for the same producers. Previously he wrote the pilot for drama Dr Feelgood
for Monday TV, Denmark.
His FEATURE FILMS
include multi-award winning action drama Johnny Was
(Sony), thriller The Riddle
(Image Entertainment / Mail on Sunday) with 2.6 million DVDs, and TV movie Legend of the Bog
(Lionsgate). They starred Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Roger Daltrey and others. Features in active development include Soldier Bear
, with FilmPolska and The Warrior
with T&B Thailand. Brendan's work has been backed by NI Screen (UK home of Game of Thrones
Irish Film Board, Danish Film Institute, Creative Europe and BLS Film Fund Italy.
, he was co-creator of hit children’s environmental animated series Shelldon
(NBC/DreamWorks Classics) and the Asian series Byrdland (GMM Grammy/ Shellhut),
which both ran for multiple seasons in more than 80 countries.
, Brendan wrote the POW Great Escape bestseller Under The Wire
(Random House) which reached Number one on Amazon UK's War and Biography charts. His latest book is Archerfield
(Caledonian Heritable), an epic spanning 16,000 years in one square mile of Scotland.
features and TV under the banner of The Proper Picture Company, alongside international
producers Gavin James (Alexander
) and Ned Dowd (Apocalypto, King Arthur
Prior to working in film, TV and books, Brendan's award-winning features JOURNALISM
covered business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries. He also ran his own corporate print and video consultancy which won the PR Week Award
three times. Clients included Texaco, Chevron, Hawker-Siddeley, Tata Steel and Coca-Cola.
Brendan is an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists; a Fellow and Life Member of the Institute
of Internal Communications; and a full member of the Writers Guild GB. He is represented by Robert Kirby of United Agents, a recent UK Agent of the Year.
Below: Brendan on location by the River Thames with Sir Derek Jacobi on The Riddle