Jake Arnott

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The Long Firm was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Harry Stark, the charismatic anti-hero of The Long Firm, appeared in the next two of Jake's novels, He Kills Coppers and Truecrime. Johnny Come Home followed in 2006 and the highly acclaimed The Devil's Paintbrush in 2009. His most recent novel, The House of Rumour, was published in 2012.

The Long Firm was made into a four-part series for BBC2 in 2004 adapted by Joe Penhall, directed by Bille Eltringham and starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Strong. The series was nominated for the Best Drama Serial and Best Actor Awards at the BAFTAs.

Subsequently, his second novel, He Kills Coppers, was made into a critically acclaimed three part series for ITV1, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly. He is currently developing television projects with Red Arrow and Pulse. 





Snakes and Ladders
Pilot for 6 x 60'
Endor and Red Arrow
In development


Producer Liza Marshall
Writer Joe Penhall
  • Joe Absolom
  • Phil Daniels
  • Derek Jacobi
  • Derek Jacobi
    BBC Productions for BBC2


    Producer David Boulter
    Director Adrian Shergold
    Writer Ed Whitmore
  • Maureen Lipman
  • Mel Raido
  • Kelly Reilly
  • Rafe Spall

    Adaptation of Jake Arnott's second thriller set in gangland London of the sixties, seventies and eighties.

    Ecosse Films for ITV1



    The Visa Affair
    1 x 75'
    Producer Jo Coombs
    Director Marilyn Imrie
  • Russell Tovey

    In 1965 Joe Orton visited the American Embassy in London to get a visa to attend the Broadway production of his outrageous West End hit 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' and was caught up in a Kafkaesque world of oppression and paranoia.

    Production Company Loftus
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    Production Company Loftus Media

    Writer & Presenter

    Producer Colin McNulty
    Documentary fifty years on from the Great Train Robbery
    Production Company Whistledown
    Broadcaster Radio 4



    Producer Moss Barclay
    Director Lucas Ochoa

    I Wish is a film about an imposter

    Pulse Films
    In development