Rachel and Father Brown co-creator Tahsin Guner are currently writing a primetime drama series pilot script for UKTV (funded development), and Rachel and Sasha Hails are writing the pilot of a classic children's novel adaptation for CBBC.
Rachel has recently been working with lead writer Charlie Fletcher on Swedish indie Yellow Bird's Nordic Noir drama Sanctuary. Rachel wrote two episodes of the 8 x 60' thriller series, currently shooting in Italy.
Rachel co-developed and co-wrote, with Sasha Hails, the critically-acclaimed 2016 BBC1 adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone.
Prior to this, Rachel co-created (with Tashin Guner) and wrote the hit BBC1 mystery series Father Brown, based on GK Chesterton’s priest detective character, currently in its seventh series (transmitting 2019). Critically acclaimed, Father Brown has sold worldwide to more than 50 broadcasters including PBS in the States, and is Australia’s top-rating Saturday night drama.
Recent development projects include funded development on a contemporary drama series for ITV through ITV Studios (pilot script commissioned). Rachel is developing drama concepts with a number of other top-flight independent production companies.
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Sanctuary, 2019: wrote two episodes of the 8x60' Nordic thriller series from Swedish indie Yellow Bird.
The Moonstone, 2016: Developed and co-wrote, with Sasha Hails, the BBC's new adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, starring John Thomson (Cold Feet), Sarah Hadland (Miranda), Sophie Ward, David Calder, and introducing brilliant TV newcomers Joshua Silver, Terenia Edwards, and Stewart Clarke.
Father Brown, 2013 onwards: Co-developed (with Tahsin Guner) the hit BBC1 series starring Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Tom Chambers and Hugo Speer, now in its seventh series. Broadly adapted GK Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, co-creating format, precinct and supporting characters.
Father Brown is now one of the most successful shows the BBC has ever syndicated. It has so far sold to 232 territories globally, with 90% carriage in America alone (the only UK drama to have such US reach). The show transmits in weekend prime time in two-thirds of its international territories including Australia (where it was the top-rating Saturday night drama) and the US. Father Brown has recently been the subject of a PBS 'making-of' documentary.
Rachel has also written extensively for BBC1 continuing drama, including core writing roles on EastEnders and Casualty.
Childrens writing, Television