James Dormer

Writer for film and television

Theatre, Film & TV
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James Dormer writes for film and television and has worked on a number of successful series, including the BBC's long running spy show, Spooks, and ITV's The Fixer. In 2011 James is writing three episodes of a new thirteen-part series about the 8th Century hero Sinbad for Sky and 2 episodes of Strike Back: Season 3 for Left Bank Pictures and HBO/Cinemax.

James has been commissioned to write on subsequent series of Strike Back and exec. produced series 4 and 5. In 2013 he wrote an episode of the BBC's revival of The Musketeers. He is developing original series for ITV Studios- a project called Flesh and Bone- and for BBC Wales, entitled Whitewood.

In film, James most recently wrote Outcast, an American Chinese co-production set in China during the time of the Qin Dynasty, starring Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen.



Beowulf 2014
ITV Studios for ITV
In development
Producer Tim Haines, Katie Newman
Writer James Dormer

Retelling of the classic Old English tale about the heroic Beowulf who battles the dragon Grendel.

Whitewood 2014
BBC Wales for BBC
In development
Producer Faith Penhale (Exec. producer)
Writer James Dormer

Elizabethan spy drama

HBO Cinemax/Leftbank
In production
Writer James Dormer

James Dormer showruns latest series of HBO Cinemax/Leftbank's prime-time drama series which focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.

The Musketeers Apr 2012
In House BBC for BBC One
Creator Adrian Hodges
Producer Jess Pope (Exec. producer)
Director Saul Metzstein
Writer James Dormer
Starring Howard Charles, Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Peter Capaldi & Ashley Walters

Inspired by the classic swawsh-buckling novel, the 10 part BBC adaptation sees Aramis, Porthos and Athos embarking on new adventures in a gritty portrayal of 17th Century France. Starring Peter Capaldi, Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, Santiago Cabrera & Alexandra Dowling.

Strike Back: Series 4 Oct 2012
HBO Cinemax/Leftbank Pictures for Sky 1
Producer Michael Casey & Chris Thompson
Director Michael J Bassett
Writer James Dormer
Starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton & Robson Green

James co-execed and wrote on series 4 of the HBO Cinemax/Left Bank Pictures action thriller. 'Section 20', a secretive unit of British military intelligence, conduct high risk missions across the world.

Strike Back: Series 3 2 x 60'
Oct 2011
Left Bank Pictures for Sky1
In development
Creator Chris Ryan
Writer James Dormer
Starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton & Rhona Mitra

Cinemax's first scripted prime-time original drama series, focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.

Sinbad 3 x 60'
Impossible Pictures for Sky One
In development
Writer James Dormer

James is writing three episodes of a new thirteen part series following the adventures of Sinbad

Dark Crusader 2 x90'
In development
Writer James Dormer

Adaptation of Alastair MacLean's novel

Kudos Film and Television for BBC
Creator David Wolstencroft
Producer Chris Fry
Director Ed Hall
Writer James Dormer
Starring Sagar Arya, Ashley Kumar, Paul Sharma, Peter Firth & Hermione Norris

An episode of season 8 of the award winning BBC1 spy drama Spooks

Kudos Film and Television for ITV
Producer Faith Penhale
Director Paul Whittington
Writer James Dormer
Starring Andrew Buchan, Elliot Cowan, Jody Latham, Peter Mullen & Tamzin Outhwaite

Prime time ITV series about hit man, John Mercer

When Harry met Suliman 1 x 60'
Writer James Dormer

BBC drama commission for an evening play

Flesh and Bone Mar 2012
ITV Studios for ITV
In development
Writer James Dormer

Original police series for ITV Studios.

Outcast Feature
Constantin Films
Producer Jeremy Bolt & George Mizen
Writer James Dormer
Starring Nicholas Cage & Hayden Christensen

Original feature, an action romance set in medieval China.

The Holding Feature
Pistachio Pictures & Notorious Films
Producer Alex Boden & George Mizen
Director Susan Jacobson
Writer James Dormer
Starring David Bradley, Georgis Groome, Vincent Regan, Terry Stone & Kierston Wareing

Original feature thriller set on a remote farm in the Peak District directed by Susan Jacobson

The Killing Circle Feature
Brilliant Films & Cowboy Films
In development
Director Justin Chadwick
Writer James Dormer

Feature adaptation of the novel by Candanian author Andrew Pyper

Murderland Feature

Writer James Dormer

Feature thriller about a serial killer in a war zone.

Sabbath Feature
Commissioned by The Mob
in development
Writer James Dormer

Adaptation of the novel Until She Sleeps by Tim Lebbon, US set teen horror

Chicken Soup Short
UK Film Council/EM Media/The Pool for Dazzle Films
Director Farah Abushwesha
Writer James Dormer
Starring Rosie Alvarez, Philip Arditti, Claire Batman-King & Paul Callahan

Original short film about a young man's chance encounter with an old man helps him to heal a rift with his father

Giving Up/ Breaking Up Short

Director Mark Dietz
Writer James Dormer

The Welcome Committee Short
Producer Farah Abushwesha, Kerry Appelyard & Pippa Mitchell
Director Justin Dickell
Writer James Dormer
Starring Timothy Bateson, Eamon Georghegan, Tracey Kearney & Stephen Ventura

Original short film about a man becoming hailed as a prophet, EU funded and commissioned