Glen Laker – Writer


The Chelsea Detective cast

From left to right: Anamaria Marinca, Adrian Scarborough, Sonita Henry

Exciting news! After a bit of delay due to COVID, THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE is shooting. I am writing the opening two feature-length episodes. Adrian Scarborough leads a world-class cast as 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. Sonita Henry co-stars as DS Priya Shamsie and Anamaria Marinca plays Max’s estranged wife Astrid. Richard Signy is directing the opening two stories, Ella Kelly is producing and Peter Fincham is the executive producer. The series writing team consists of myself, Peter and Liz Lake.


I previously adapted Lynda La Plante’s bestseller TENNISON into the six-part series PRIME SUSPECT 1973 (PRIME SUSPECT TENNISON in the US) for ITV and PBS Masterpiece. I also wrote on series five and six of VERA, the second series of HOME FIRES and the third of GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, all for ITV. After graduating from the 2013 BBC New Writers Scheme, I worked on HOLBY CITY for a couple of years. Before that, I was a finalist in the 2013 Red Planet Prize. Before that, I made short films and wrote lots of crime, horror and sci-fi scripts (a couple of which were bought, but never made) while working various day jobs – as a subtitler, software developer, project manager and Apple technician.

I’m represented by Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.


I wrote this six-part prequel to Prime Suspect for ITV and PBS Masterpiece, adapted from the bestseller “Tennison” by Lynda La Plante. 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.

Adapted 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.

The New York Times praised it, calling it a “solid police thriller”. The Washington Post bloody loved it, calling it one of the “best new shows of the summer”. The Guardian, Daily Mail, Express and Independent all rated it – 3 and 4 stars out of five. The Daily Telegraph didn’t like anything about it, same with Alison Graham in the Radio Times, yet she still chose every episode as her Pick Of The Day, which was bittersweet.


The series are all up on Netflix, ITVPlayer and BritBox. I 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.

Before that, I 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.


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


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.


I worked on the second series of ITV’s Second World War drama HOME FIRES.



In 2013, I took part on the Holby City Writers Scheme and went on to write for the series, contributing storylines for the 2013-2014 series, and scripting the episode “CRUSH” (BBC1, 28 May 2014). It was the one with the elephant pox and Tom Jones impersonator in it. They say open with your best punchlines.



I 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.


I wrote this short film, which screened at Cannes 2013. 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.



An Olympics-themed 30-min drama, written by me, 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..

All enquiries: Jago Irwin at Independent Talent.

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