Glen Laker: Scriptwriter, Shed-Dweller…

Hello. I’m a writer for television and film. I’ve been on the ward with HOLBY CITY (BBC). I’m currently on the moors with VERA series 6 (ITV) and writing for the great women of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute in HOME FIRES series 2 (ITV). I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.



I wrote “MUDDY WATERS”, episode three of series five of VERA, starring Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty, with Mark Bonnar, Alex Reid, Mark Womack, Jennifer Hennessy, Aisling Franciosi and Lee Ross. Directed by Stewart Svaasand. It was shown on ITV1 on Sunday 19th, April 2015.

I have written episode two of series 6 of VERA, which has just wrapped and will be broadcast on ITV in early 2016. More details on this episode soon.



Very pleased to have joined the writing team on series two of ITV’s hit drama HOME FIRES. The series, created and written by Simon Block, follows the eclectic band of women in Great Paxford as they discover ways to improve the lives of their fellow villagers and offer a support network at a time of impending danger and crisis, as World War 2 escalates around them. I’ve written episode 2 of the 2nd series, which will be broadcast on ITV in the UK and Masterpiece PBS in the US in 2016.


I wrote this short film, which was shot in June 2015 in London and Kent and is currently in post-production. It was funded by Kickstarter to the tune of £18k. Director: Luke Losey (above with Jonathan Pryce). Cast: Jonathan Pryce and Shane Attwooll.



I graduated from the 2012/2013 Holby City Writers Scheme and wrote the episode “CRUSH” (S16 E33) for the BBC’s popular medical drama. It was the one with elephant pox and a Tom Jones impersonator in it. Broadcast on BBC1 on 27th May 2014. See Updates for press reviews.


This is a sci-fi feature being produced by Polaris Pictures in the US. For a few months in early 2013, we were developing it with John Carpenter. That was a buzz. Screenplay available to read via my agent.



Writer-Director-Editor of original 6-minute drama, starring Simon Paisley Day and Lesley Vickerage. Available to view in HD on its own website:


I also wrote the short film “THE BOY IN THE OAK”, which screened in competition at Cannes 2013. World premiere at the Bel Air Film Festival at UCLA in October 2012. Directed by Luke Losey and narrated by Jude Law, with original score by Damon Albarn. A trailer is available to view on the video page.


“CHAMPION OF THE WORLD”, an Olympics-themed 30-min drama directed by Bim Ajadi, broadcast on Film 4 during London 2012. It won BEST BRITISH FILM at the 2013 Deaffest: The UK’s International Deaf Film & Arts Festival and 5 awards (including Best Writer) at the 2014 Gainditzen Film Festival in Spain.

2013 BBC Holby City New Writers Scheme
2012 Red Planet Screenwriting Prize (finalist)
2000 BBC Scriptwriting Award
1978 100m Swimming Certificate

All enquiries: Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

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