Brendan Foley is an award-winning writer of TV drama, feature films and best-sellers.
In TV Drama, Brendan’s recent work includes Cold Courage, (2020/21) a Nordic Noir thriller series for Lionsgate, Viaplay, AMC+ and Britbox, chosen as one of Variety’s top picks for MIPTV and selected for the Panorama showcase at Series Mania.
His next series, The Man Who Died, a dark comedy in the vein of the Coen Brothers is currently shooting in Finland, with Brendan writing the entire series based on Antti Tuomainen’s international hit crime novel, for streamer Elisa-Viaplay, Finland’s ReelMedia, and Germany’s ndF.
Brendan is creator-showrunner on Ghostwalk, a new series with Canada’s Blue Ant and streamer T+E, alongside Lord Michael Grade’s UK financier-producer StoryFirst, with producer Dominic Barlow (Discovery of Witches, Mr Selfridge, Last Kingdom).
Sherlock’s Daughter, a new series from Starlings, Mediawan and StoryFirst has Brendan as writer-creator, teaming up with top US showrunner James Duff (Major Crimes, The Closer).
Brendan has also developed a new classic 1920s Golden Age TV detective series with Free@Last TV. Inspector French, also developed with the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen, is based on the TV rights to 22 bestsellers from the golden age of detective novels by Agatha Christie’s favourite crime author, FW Crofts.
His most recently-announced development is Mark Twain in India, a miniseries with Indian conglomerate IN10 and Europe’s Nucleus Media, telling the story of how a speaking tour to India in his later years helped Mark Twain to rediscover his love of life.
Brendan has also been head writer for Tipping Point, a new contemporary eco-thriller series by his Finnish friends at Reel Media, and pan-nordic streamer Viaplay.
He previously worked with China’s biggest TV producer, Croton Huace on Age of Heroes, an action-fantasy quest series based on Chinese and Celtic mythology. He also consulted for Chinese streamer Youku and has been a regular Juror for the International Emmys in both Shanghai and London 2017-2021.
Brendan’s past Feature films include multi-festival winning action drama Johnny Was (Sony), thriller The Riddle (Image Entertainment / Mail on Sunday, 2.6 million DVDs), and TV movie Legend of the Bog (Lionsgate). They starred Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, and Roger Daltrey. Furure features in development include WWII animal epic Soldier Bear, with FilmPolska, and The Warrior with T&B Thailand.
In Books, Brendan wrote the POW Great Escape bestseller Under The Wire (Random House) which reached Number one on Amazon UK’s War and Biography charts and top ten of all UK books. His latest book is Archerfield (Caledonian Heritable), a private commission, is an epic spanning 16,000 years in one square mile of Scotland.
Prior to working in film, TV and books, Brendan’s award-winning features journalism covered business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries. He is an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists; a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Internal Communications; and a member of the Writers Guild GB.
Check out some of Brendan’s past work below , featuring Roger Daltrey, Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and more.
Below: Brendan on location by the River Thames with Sir Derek Jacobi on The Riddle.