Glen Laker – Writer

With more than 20 years of writing experience, Glen Laker is an established UK screenwriter, having written for major broadcasters including AMC, ITV and the BBC. He wrote the pilot episode “The Wages Of Sin” of THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE, the hit crime drama starring Adrian Scarborough, for Expectation Entertainment, AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, BBC Studios and ZDF. Now returning for a third series, Glen has written four feature-length episodes.

Between 2018 and 2021, Glen was show-runner and writer on the 8-part thriller PONIES for Submarine in the Netherlands, which is currently in production as SAFE HARBOUR. 

Glen penned the six-part ITV crime drama Prime Suspect 1973. Adapted from Lynda LaPlante’s bestseller Tennison, the primetime series attracted 6.2 million viewers per episode. He has written episodes for other established series, including ITV’s medical drama The Good Karma Hospital, World War Two drama Home Fires (also for ITV), BBC medical drama Holby City and the long-running ITV crime series Vera.

A graduate of the BBC New Writers Scheme and finalist of the Red Planet Prize, before writing full-time, Glen made short films, wrote lots of crime, horror and sci-fi scripts while working day jobs, as a subtitler, software developer, project manager and Apple technician.

Glen is represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE – SEASON TWO NOW ON ACORN TV

THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE S2 – Trailer

The second series of THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer, Acorn TV, ZDF and AMC+. A co-production between Acorn, ZDF and BBC Studios, Glen Laker wrote the opening two episodes of season one. On series two, he wrote the opening feature-length episode, “The Blue Room”. He is currently writing an episode for the third series.

The Chelsea Detective - Glen Laker

Adrian Scarborough is Detective Inspector Max Arnold, adapting to life on his ramshackle houseboat, as he and his team tackle criminal cases around the affluent and not-so-affluent parts of Chelsea. Series created by Peter Fincham, The Chelsea Detective also stars Sonita Henry as DS Priya Shamsie (season one), Vanessa Emme as DS Layla Walsh (season two), Frances Barber as Olivia Arnold, Sophie Stone as Chief Forensics Officer Ashley Wilton and Anamaria Marinca as Max’s estranged wife Astrid. Richard Signy, Darcia Martin and Sarah Esdaile direct, Ella Kelly produces. Other episodes written by Peter Fincham, Liz Lake and Laura Poliakoff.

Adrian Scarborough and Sophie Stone in THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE (Acorn TV)
Sonita Henry and Adrian Scarborough in THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE
From the opening episode of THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE

PRIME SUSPECT 1973/TENNISON

Prime Suspect 1973/Prime Suspect Tennison (ITV/PBS Masterpiece)

Glen wrote the six-part prequel to Prime Suspect for ITV and PBS Masterpiece, adapted from the bestseller “Tennison” by Lynda La Plante. Here’s a piece about writing it. Directed by David Caffrey (Peaky Blinders, Line of Duty). On its UK premier on ITV in 2017, the series attracted 7.3m viewers and across its six-episode run, it held the second largest audience in five years for a new crime series on the channel, behind Chris Lang’s Unforgotten.

The New York Times praised it, calling it a “solid police thriller”. The Washington Post named it one of the “best new shows of the summer”. The Guardian, Mail, Express and Independent all rated it highly. But, for balance, The Telegraph didn’t like anything about it.

Scripted by Glen Laker. Cast: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong and Ruth Sheen. Produced by ITV, PBS and Noho Film & Television. Available on Netflix, Amazon, BritBox and Apple TV etc.

Prime Suspect 1973/Prime Suspect Tennison (ITV/PBS Masterpiece)

VERA

Vera Trailer

Glen wrote episode 2 – Tuesday’s Child – of series 6. Directed by Jill Robertson, starring the brilliant Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty, with Jo Hartley, Sean Gilder, Rakie Ayola, Joe Dixon, Jason Done and Brian Fletcher. It’s the one set around a fairground.

Glen also wrote episode three – Muddy Waters – of series 5, with Mark Bonnar, Alex Reid, Mark Womack, Jennifer Hennessy, Aisling Franciosi and Lee Ross. Directed by Stewart Svaasand. It’s the one with the body in the slurry pit. And no, that wasn’t real slurry.

GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL

Good Karma Hospital (ITV)

Glen wrote the fifth episode of the third series of ITV’s medical drama GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, broadcast on ITV1, Easter Sunday 2020.

Good Karma Hospital – Series 2 Trailer

ONE LAST DANCE

One Last Dance Trailer

Award-winning short film written by Glen Laker, starring Jonathan Pryce and Shane Attwooll, directed by Luke Losey, shown at festivals worldwide, including Rhode Island Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival and New York Short Film Festival.

HOME FIRES

Home Fires Trailer

Glen wrote episodes for the second series of ITV’s Second World War drama HOME FIRES.

HOLBY CITY

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Holby City (BBC)

Glen took part on the Holby City Writers Scheme and went on to write for the series, contributing storylines for the series, and scripting the episode “CRUSH” (series 17). It was the one with the elephant pox and Tom Jones impersonator in it. They say open with your best ideas.

THE PAINTING

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Glen wrote, edited and directed this short film, starring Simon Paisley Day (Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker, Sherlock, Doctor Who) and Lesley Vickerage (Friday Night Dinner, Inspector Lynley Mysteries). Screened at festivals, including Paris and London. Full film available to view on the Videos page.

THE BOY IN THE OAK

Glen wrote this short film, which screened at Cannes. Based on the beautifully illustrated book by Jessica Albarn. Directed by Luke Lose, narrated by Jude Law, with an original score by Damon Albarn. The film is now available to view on the videos page.

CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

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An Olympics-themed 30-min drama, written by Glen, directed by Bim Ajadi, broadcast on Film 4 during the 2012 London Olympics. 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 Gainditzen Film Festival, Spain.

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