Mike Cullen

Playwright and writer for television
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Biography

Mike left school at the age of sixteen to work in the coal mines as an apprentice electrician, with the goal of funding a future career as a rock star. He became a rock 'n' roll star has-been shortly after, went back into education and, in 1992, graduated from Edinburgh University with an Honours degree in Linguistics.

In his final year at university, he wrote his hugely successful stage play The Cut, instead of attending classes. His writing career took off and, in 1996, Mike became writer-in-residence at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, under the Thames TV Bursary Scheme.

He went on to write extensively for television, creating the hit crime series Donovan. His stage writing also continued apace, and he won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997 with his play, Anna Weiss.

Mike plays guitar in various local bands and has been known to sing, if provoked.  His hobbies include living like a rock star, beer and sewing.

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Theatre

Writer

Starring
  • Frank Gallagher
  • Kenneth Glenaan
  • Jim Twaddale
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    Debut stage play set in a mine pit

    Tron Theatre, Glasgow
     
     
    Play about a debt collector
    Traverse Theatre
     
    Anna Weiss
    Winner of a Fringe First and an Independent On Sunday Award
    DirectorVicky Featherstone
    Starring
  • Anne Marie Timoney
  • Iona Carbans
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    Gripping play about the phenomenon of False Memory Syndrome
    Traverse Theatre
     

    Film

    Writer

    Stone Cold
    Winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Drama 1997
    ProducerAndrew Rowley
    DirectorStephen Whittaker
    Starring
  • Camilla Power
  • Peter Howitt
  • Susan Vidler
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    Adaptation of the Robert Swindells' novel

    BBC Screen Two/ Scene
     
    DirectorJim Twaddale
    Starring
  • Gary Lewis
  • Stephen McCole
  •  

    Love story set in a public toilet

    Channel 4
    Umbrella Productions
     

    TV

    Writer

    Starring
  • Scott Fletcher
  • Stephen McCole
  • Stephen Purdon
  • Tom Urie
  •  

    Drama series set in a tight knit Glasgow community

    BBC for BBC1
     
    ProducerMatthew Bird
    DirectorBen Bolt
    Starring
  • Lucy Cohu
  • Lee Ingleby
  • Poppy Lee Friar
  • Martin Shaw
  •  

    Sixth series of the police drama set in the 1960s

    Company Pictures for BBC One
     
    Untitled
    Series
     
    Series about a female psychologist
    BBC Scotland
    In development
     
    CreatorTim Haines and Adrian Hodges
    ProducerTim Bradley
    DirectorTony Mitchell
    Starring
  • Douglas Henshall
  • Hannah Spearritt
  • Andrew-Lee Potts
  • Lucy Brown
  •  
    British science fiction television series
    Impossible Pictures for ITV
     
    Starring
  • Blythe Duff
  • Colin McCredie
  • Alex Norton
  •  
    Detective series set in Glasgow
    STV Productions for ITV1
     
    CreatorStephen Volk
    ProducerMurray Ferguson
    Directorvarious
    Starring
  • Lesley Sharp
  • Andrew Lincoln
  •  
    Chilling, supernatural television series
    Clerkenwell Films for ITV
     
    CreatorStephen Gallaghar
    ProducerAndy Harries
    DirectorRoger Gartland and Terry McDonough
    Starring
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Ashley Jensen
  •  
    Television series about a scientist who works at the Home Office
    Granda Television for ITV
     
     
    SMG
     
    Bloodlines
    2 x 90'
    ProducerShefali Malhoutra
    DirectorPhilip Martin
    Starring
  • Emma Pierson
  • Max Beasley
  •  
    Crime drama television film
    Granda Television for ITV
     
    CreatorMike Cullen
    ProducerAndy Harries
    DirectorSimon Delaney
    Starring
  • Tom Conti
  • Samantha Bond
  •  
    Original two part film about a retired pathologist who is called back to work when his name is found written in blood on the wall at the scene of a murder.
    Granada Television for ITV
     
    The Vice
    3 x 90'
    ProducerVarious
    DirectorVarious
    Starring
  • Ken Stott
  • David Harewood
  •  
    Crime drama series
    Carlton Television for ITV
     
    Frankenstein
    2 Part Film
     
    Granada for ITV
     
    Touching Evil: Series 2
    Nominated for Best Television Feature at the Edgar Awards 2001
    CreatorPaul Abbot
    Starring
  • Robson Green
  • Nicola Walker
  •  
    Crime drama series
    United Television for ITV
     
    ProducerHelen Gregory
    DirectorRoy Battersby
    Starring
  • Ross Kemp
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Liz May Brice
  • Jeff Nuttall
  •  
    Television series about a defence lawyer
    Granada Television for ITV
     
    Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship
    Winner for Emmy Award for Outstanding Mini-Series 1999
    1 x 90'
    ProducerAndrew Benson
    DirectorAndrew Grieve
    Starring
  • Ioan Gruffudd
  • Denis Lawson
  • Robert Lindsay
  • Ian McNeice
  •  
    Television series based on C. S. Forester's novels
    Picture Palace for ITV
     
    McCallum
    3 x 120'
    ProducerMurray Ferguson
    DirectorPeter Smith
    Starring
  • Suzanna Hamilton
  • John Hannah
  • Richard Moore
  • Gerard Murphy
  •  
    Television series about a forensic pathologist
    STV for ITV1