Katie Douglas

Playwright and writer for film, television and radio

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Katie is a prize-winning scriptwriter whose work has spanned drama and comedy both here and in the States. 

She is a core member of the Eastenders writing team and previous credits include Waterloo Road, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Holby City.

As a playwright, she has worked with a number of theatres including Liverpool Everyman, the RSC, Paines Plough, Soho and The Royal Exchange. She was awarded the Frank Deasy Award in 2013.

The kids are hook, line and sinkered with this utterly captivating show

John Kennedy
The Edinburgh Reporter on I Got Superpowers for My Birthday

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Katie Douglas’ colourful story of growing pains and growing powers is exemplary family entertainment

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Fast-paced performances, some really slick design, and a cracking script make for a wonderful piece of theatre

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Writer & Creator

Producer Alison Carpenter
Drama Commission
Working Title Television
In Development
Producer Emma Strain

Comedy script commission currently in development with BBC

In Development
Producer Emma Strain
Original BBC in-house comedy
BBC for BBC1
Original drama series treatment under option and pilot script commissioned
Big Tree Productions
In development
Producer Jemma Rogers
Original studio sitcom commision
Brown Eyed Boy for BBC 1
Original drama production in development


Creator Heidi Thomas

Series based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, giving an insight into the colourful world of midwifery and family life in London's East End during the 1950s.

Neal Street Productions for BBC One

Katie has written 7 episodes for Holby City 

BBC for BBC One
Producer Mark Jarvis

A new kids/teen series currently in development for Disney UK. 

Lime Pictures
In Development
The Foundation for CBBC
Headstrong Pictures for BBC One
Talkback Thames for CBBC
Second series of popular children's show about the irrepresible Sadie J
Sadie J
1 x 30'
Comedy following thirteen year old Sadie Jones as she solves the problems of those around her, including her single dad
Teen thriller based on a novel by Jeri Smith Ready
ABC Family, USA
Producer Rosemary McGowan
Director Ed Bye
  • Amanda Abbington
  • Dani Harmer
  • Celia Imrie
  • Nicholas Lyndhurst
    Sitcom following a jack-of-all-trades who lives with his ex-wife's mother
    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Original comedy-drama series treatment under option
    Hat Trick
    In development
    Original comedy drama series treatment under option
    Talkback Thames
    In development
    Commissioned to write pilot script for comedy series
    In development
    Producer Kerry Appleyard
    Director Simon Hook
    Childrens spi-fi adventure series following three secondary school pupils, Blane, Daisy and Rose, who work as undercover spies.
    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC1
    Commissioned to tablewrite for Series 8 and 9
    DLT Entertainment for BBC
    Neon Candy
    13 x 4'
    Writer of 13 episode online drama series
    Hat Trick
    Commissioned to write script for original comedy series ideas
    In development
    1 x 60'
    Commissioned to write original script
    In development
    Producer Daran Little
    Mersey Television
    Commissioned to storyline and develop childrens series
    Prism Entertainment
    In development
    Commissioned to write original script
    Feelgood Fiction
    Producer Jacquie Glanville/Roanna Benn
  • Billie Piper
    The day-to-day adventures of a high end London escort, based on the blog and books by the pseudonymous 'Belle de Jour'.
    Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV
    Producer Jamie Rix
    Director Nick Wood
  • Kate Binchy
  • Susannah Doyle
  • Natalie Kemp
  • Jonathan Mason
    Award-winning children's series about an angry young man
    CBBC for BBC1
  • James Dreyfus
  • Emily Joyce
  • Geraldine McNulty
  • Hugh Dennis
    Sitcom which follows the antics of dim-witted superhero "Thermoman"
    Big Bear Films for BBC1
    Producer Mia Jupp
    Producer Kenton Allen
  • Jessica Hynes
  • Greg Wise
  • Raquel Cassidy
  • Clive Russell
    Sitcom about a twenty-something single woman who works as a secretary on the lookout for the man of her dreams.
    Rude Boy Productions
    Original comedy series optioned by BBC
    In development
    Original comedy series optioned
    Big Bear Films
    In development
    Original comedy idea optioned
    Channel 5
    In development
  • Raquel Cassidy
  • Jessica Hynes
  • Chris Oliver
  • Clive Russell
    Comedy about a young PA who struggles to find contentment at work, in love and with her family
    Rude Boy Productions for BBC1
    Original comedy series idea optioned
    In development
    Red Sky
    1 x 60’
    Producer Esther Springer
    Writer Katie Douglas

    Original drama.

    BBC Drama
    In Development




    New plays to mark the 40th Ann. of Paines Plough with plays by Katie, Robin French & Nick Payne. 

    Production Company Paines Plough
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    The Great Escape
    1 x 45'
    Director Gaynor McFarlane
  • Julie Austin
  • Simon Donaldson
  • John Paul Hurley
    Afternoon play
    Production Company BBC Radio Scotland
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4



    Director George Perrin

    Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.

    Which is lucky because someone needs to protect the world from The Darkness. An evil overlord with plans to turn everything to ice.

    Join our three heroes on an epic quest to save the planet in this brand new play for ages 7+ from award winning writer Katie Douglas.


    Plaines Plough
    Producer Anthony Banks

    Part of Connections Plays for 2015 

    National Theatre
    The Bruntwood Hub will be led by multi-award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, who will mentor, support and inspire 7 of the most innovative, critically acclaimed playwrights from across the North who have not yet written for larger theatre spaces, over an initial period of 10 months.
    Royal Exchange Theatre
    Producer Paines Plough & Oran Mor
    Part of the Play, Pie and A Pint season
    Paines Plough
    Director Paul Robinson
  • Natalie Casey
  • Michelle Newell
    Tristan Bates Theatre
    Director Matthew Lloyd
  • Eve Dallas
  • Simon Donaldson
  • David Jenkins
    Play about a relationship falling apart in Scotland
    Everyman Liverpool



    Writer in Residence at BBC Scotland for six months starting summer 2013

    Resident playwright at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and Liverpool Everyman

    Katie is also a writer in the BBC Drama Academy