Glen Laker: Scriptwriter, Shed-Dweller…

Hello. I’m a scriptwriter. I’ve worked on television drama, features, commercials and shorts. My television work includes VERA and HOME FIRES for ITV, and HOLBY CITY for the BBC. I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.


Well, this is some exciting news. As it has now wrapped, I’m allowed to let the cat out of the bag. I’ve scripted the six-part adaptation of Lynda LaPlante’s bestseller “Tennison” for ITV. An amazing cast includes Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Alun Armstrong, Blake Harrison and Ruth Sheen. It is, of course, the prequel to Prime Suspect. Set in 1973, it follows Jane Tennison in her first year as a WPC. It will be on your telly boxes some time in 2017…



Short film starring Jonathan Pryce, directed by Luke Losey, currently screening at festivals. Official selection: Rhode Island Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival.



I wrote episode 2, “Tuesday’s Child”, of Vera series 6. Broadcast on 7th February 2016 on ITV. Directed by Jill Robertson, starring Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty, with Jo Hartley, Sean Gilder, Rakie Ayola, Joe Dixon, Jason Done and Brian Fletcher. Series 6 achieved an average of 7.2 million viewers across its four episodes, the highest of any Vera series.

I also wrote “MUDDY WATERS”, episode three of series 5 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 wrote on the second series of ITV’s Second World War drama HOME FIRES, broadcast in April 2016.




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.




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 wrote the short film “THE BOY IN THE OAK”, which screened at Cannes 2013. Directed by Luke Losey and narrated by Jude Law, with original score by Damon Albarn. The full film is now 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, Spain.


This is a sci-fi feature optioned by Polaris Pictures in LA. Screenplay available to read via my agent.

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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