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David Wolstencroft

Novelist and writer for film and television

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Biography

David Wolstencroft is an award winning screenwriter and author who was born in Hawaii, schooled in Edinburgh and went to university in Cambridge where he studied History. He was also a regular writer and performer in the acclaimed Footlights Dramatic Club.

David’s first original television work was creating and writing the BAFTA-nominated series Psychos for which he also received the Royal Television Society's Best Newcomer Award. Subsequently, he created and wrote BAFTA-winning espionage drama Spooks which aired its final episode on BBC 1 in October 2011 and continues to be a critical and commercial success around the world.

David's new series The Escape Artist, with David Tennant in the lead, will premiere on BBC1 second half of 2013 and he is currently creating and co-writing the pilot for Versailles - a new series for Canal Plus - with regular collaborator and co showrunner Simon Mirren.

He has written two novels: Good News, Bad News, which featured as a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick; and Contact Zero, which was nominated for a Crime Writers' Assocation Silver Dagger Award. Both books are published by Hodder in the UK and Penguin in the US.

David’s first feature script Shooting Dogs was directed by Michael Caton Jones starring John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. This highly acclaimed film was a powerful drama set during the 1994 Rwandan massacre and was the Grand Prize Winner at the Heartland International Film Festival. It was released in the USA under the title Beyond The Gates.

CV

Television
Creator
Spooks: Series 4 - 10 2004 to 2011
Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
Creator David Wolstencroft

Further series of the MI5 thriller

Creator and Writer
The Escape Artist 3 x 60'
2013
Endor Productionss
Creator David Wolstencroft
Producer Hilary Bevan-Jones
Director Brian Welsh
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Ashley Jensen, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo & David Tennant

Legal thriller starring David Tennant

In Harm's Way Pilot
2004
CBS
Creator David Wolstencroft
Writer David Wolstencroft

 
Spooks: Series 3, Episode 5 10 x 60'
2004
Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
Creator David Wolstencroft
Producer Andrew Woodhead
Director Justin Chadwick
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Peter Firth, Keeley Hawes, Rupert Penry Jones, David Oyelowo & Nicola Walker

 
Spooks: Series 2, Episode 1 10 x 60'
2003
Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
Creator David Wolstencroft
Producer Simon Crawford Collins
Director Bharat Nalluri
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Peter Firth, Keeley Hawes, Natasha Little, Matthew Macfadyen & David Oyelowo

 
Spooks: Series 1 6 x 60'
2002
Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
Creator David Wolstencroft
Producer Jane Featherstone
Director Bharat Nalluri
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Peter Firth, Esther Hall, Keeley Hawes & Matthew McFadyen

Debut season of the acclaimed primetime action drama

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Psychos 6 x 60'
1999
Kudos Film and Television for Channel 4
Creator David Wolstencroft
Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
Director Andy Wilson
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Peter Capaldi, Douglas Henshall, Alistair Mackenzie, Neve McIntosh & Indira Varma

Acclaimed drama set in a Glaswegian psychiatric hospital

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Writer and Creator
Versailles 12 x 60'
2013
Canal Plus
In development
Creator Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft
Writer David Wolstencroft

English language period drama set in the court of King Louis XIV co-created and written with Simon Mirren

Film
Writer
Lab Rats Feature
2011
Working Title
In development
Producer Amelia Granger
Writer David Wolstencroft

 
The Passenger Feature
2009
Cowboy Films for Film 4
In development
Producer Charles Steele
Director Kevin Macdonald
Writer David Wolstencroft

Thriller inspired by Chris Petit's novel The Passenger

Shut Up Kevin Feature
2008
Picture Farm for Film 4
In development
Producer Adrian Sturges
Director Paul King
Writer David Wolstencroft

Comedy film following a group of friends who are befriended by a world famous film star - with unforeseen consequences

Shooting Dogs Feature
2005
BBC Films
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Hugh Dancy , John Hurt & Nicola Walker

Award winning drama about the Rwandan civil war

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Books
Contact Zero (Hodder PB)

Contact Zero
2005

Good News Bad News (Hodder & Stoughton PB)

Good News Bad News
2004