TV DRAMA

Since 2015 Brendan has been one of the busiest TV writers in the UK and internationally, bringing experience as a writer, producer and director from feature films, as well as from books and journalism.

Brendan’s most recently screened series is COLD COURAGE, for Lionsgate, Viaplay, Britbox and AMC+.

Ongoing series projects include:

THE MAN WHO DIED, in development in Finland, a quirky dark comedy in the vein of the Coen Brothers (Elisa, Luminoir, ndF)

GHOSTWALK, “like Mulder and Scully with ghosts” (Blue Ant, StoryFirst, T+E);

SHERLOCK’S DAUGHTER, a young woman claims to be Holmes long lost daughter (Starlings TV, StoryFirst);

M.A.D, Madmen meets The Americans at the UN in 1950s New York (Arena Films, Viaplay, StoryFirst)

THE WALLS BETWEEN US, international spy family drama with MOPAR Studios, Sweden

Earlier-stage TV drama series development work for broadcasters and producers in China, UK, Finland and Canada includes:

INSPECTOR FRENCH

A classic detective series set in Ireland in the 1920s, developed with BBC TV NI and NI Screen. Based on a series of 20 bestselling novels from the 1930s by Freeman Wills Crofts, described as “The father of the police procedural”.

 

UNDER THE WIRE

A miniseries originally developed with CBC and NI Screen – the fictionalised story of The Great Escape from a brand new perspective of both the men and women whose lives became entwined in one of the greatest prison-breaks in history.  Brendan also wrote the bestselling book Under the Wire (Random House), set in the POW camps of WWII Germany.

 

AGE OF HEROES

Croton Media, China’s biggest TV production company commissioned Brendan to create an epic saga,  Age of Heroes, a story based in Chinese and Celtic mythologies at the dawn of time, with similarities to the legends of King Arthur. It is a quest story of how a young boy living in the wilderness grows up to be a king, uniting the five tribes that make up the first humans.

 

TIPPING POINT

TIPPING POINT, for Luminoir, Matila Rohr and Nordic streamer Viaplay, is a modern eco-thriller series about an unlikely band of investigators faced with a countdown to a series of climate change events that could change the world. Based on the acclaimed book Sands of Sarasvati by Finnish author and scientist Risto Isomaki.

KVENLAND

For Luminoir, The Proper Picture Co and NI Screen. Described as “The Sopranos in Dark Age Finland” a fresh, sexy, violent look at a dysfunctional family in the weird world of Kvenland, an 8th Century Finnish kingdom. Characters are heroic one minute, appalling the next. Similar in tone to The Lion in Winter.

JUDGMENT DAY

Ingenious Media, the UK’s leading private funder for TV and film  helped Brendan develop a new international criminal-legal series. Details are still under wraps. Now developing with director Steve Pearlman and actor Robert Carlyle.