James Graham

Playwright and writer for film and television

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Biography

James Graham is a playwright and film and television writer who won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for his play Eden's Empire.

James' play This House premièred at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell out run and garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MP's for his rendition of life in the House of Commons.

James's play Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre caused a storm during its run at the Soho Theatre and received excellent reviews for its portrayal of young, gay men in the modern Conservative Party. His play The Whisky Taster premiered at the Bush Theatre in early 2010 to uniformly excellent reviews. 

James has written the book for Finding Neverland the musical with music by Gary Barlow. It opened in Boston in Summer 2014 and transfers to New York in Spring 2015.

His first film for television, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008. James was picked as one of Broadcast Magazine's Hotshots in the same year. He is developing original series and adaptations with Tiger Aspect, Leftbank, Kudos and the BBC.

His film X and Y is being produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films and was on the prestigious 'Brit List', the list of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK.  He is currently adapting the bestselling book Gypsy Boy as a feature film also for BBC Film and working with the Weinstein Co. on an adaptation of Mrs Queen Takes the Train.

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Theatre
Writer
American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Director Diane Paulus
Writer James Graham
Starring Jeremy Jordan, Laura Michelle Kelly, Carolee Carmello, Michael McGrath & Jeanna de Waal

A musical about the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow

Privacy 2014
Donmar Warehouse
Director Josie Rourke
Writer James Graham
Starring Gunnar Cauthery , Paul Chahidi, Joshua McGuire, Nina Sosanya & Michelle Terry

A dramatic investigation of the digital age

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Director James Grieve
Writer James Graham

A Paines Plough production about a young urban guerilla group that mobilises against MPs, embassies, police and pageant queens

Sweet Bird of Youth 2013
The Old Vic
Director Marianne Elliott
Writer James Graham
Starring Charles Aitken, Daniel Betts, Kim Cattrall, Louise Dylan & Seth Numrich

Dramaturg

Untitled Commission 2013
National Theatre
Writer James Graham

New commission for the National Theatre

Untitled Commission 2013
CMP Limited
Producer Nick Frankfort
Writer James Graham

New commission for Nick Frankfort

This House 2013
National Theatre
Director Jeremy Herrin
Writer James Graham
Starring Phil Daniels, Vincent Franklin, Philip Glenister, Richard Ridings & Julian Wadham

Set in Westminster This House strips politics back to the practical realities of parliament

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66 Books 2011
The Bush Theatre, London
Writer James Graham

Hand-Me-Downs was written as part of the epic performance cycle commissioned by the Bush to open their new theatre

Bassett 2011
National Theatre Connections. National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic.
Director Anthony Banks
Writer James Graham

Play for young people

The Man 2010
Finborough Theatre
Director Kate Wasserberg
Writer James Graham
Starring Samuel Barnett, Leander Deeny, George Rainsford & James Graham

One man reviews his life of the past year when completing his tax return - with the help of the audience

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Bush Theatre, London
Director James Grieve
Writer James Graham
Starring Samuel Barnett, Chris Larkin, Simon Merrells, Kate O'Flynn & John Stahl

Two Generation Y-ers fall in love at an advertising agency

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Clwyd Theatre Cymru
Director Kate Wasserberg
Writer James Graham
Starring Di Botcher, Philip Bretherton, Kate McGuinness & Francois Pandolfo

A love story between two people who suffer from a terrible fear of falling things and live lives trapped by their condition

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SuddenLossOfDignity.com 2009
The Bush Theatre
Writer James Graham
Starring Katherine Drysdale, Katie Lyons, Felix Scott & Hugh Skinner

Co-written play for The Bush and the Latitude Festival

Finborough Theatre
Director Kate Wasserberg
Writer James Graham
Starring Barry Aird, Colette Kelly, William Maxwell, Kazia Pelka & Steven Webb

Set during the winter of discontent, three generations of a family in Hull come to terms with the changes in the country

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Tory Boyz 2008
Soho Theatre
Producer National Youth Theatre
Director Guy Hargreaves
Writer James Graham

Play looking at prejudice, tolerance and tradition in the British Tory Party

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Finborough Theatre
Director Kate Wasserberg
Writer James Graham
Starring Catherine Skinner & Simon Yadoo

Margaret Thatcher reverts to her childhood and forsees the story of her career

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Finborough Theatre
Director Gemma Fairlie
Writer James Graham
Starring Daisy Beaumont, Michael Kirk, Heywood Morse, Jamie Newell & Ted Pleasance

Political thriller about Anthony Eden and the Suez Crisis

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Finborough Theatre
Director Max Lewendel
Writer James Graham
Starring Gerard Monaco & Victor Spinetti

Albert Einstein is forced to confront his past when he receives an unexpected visitor

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Coal Not Dole 2002
Edinburgh Festival
Writer James Graham
Starring Mark Joseph, Tess Mitchell & Kathryn Oliver

Play inspired by the experiences of a former mining community

Television
Writer
Coalition 1 x 90
2014
Cuba Pictures for Channel 4
In development
Creator James Graham
Producer Sarah Curtis, Dixie Linder (producing), Nick Marston (Exec. producer)
Director Alex Holmes
Writer James Graham

Explores the rise of Nick Clegg during the build-up to the coalition. 

Over Hill and Dale 2014
Tiger Aspect for BBC
In development
Writer James Graham

Adaptation of the Gervase Phinn book

Prisoner's Wives 1 x 60'
2012
Tiger Aspect for BBC1
Producer Anna Ferguson
Director Damon Thomas
Writer James Graham
Starring Jonas Armstrong, Natalie Gavin, Pippa Haywood, Emma Rigby & Polly Walker

Drama about wives of prisoners set in Sheffield

Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Series 4, Episode 6 1 x 45'
2011
Tiger Aspect for ITV2
Creator Belle de Jour
Writer James Graham
Starring Billie Piper

 
Khao San Road Pilot for 6 x 45'
2009
World Productions
In development
Writer James Graham

Comedy drama about young people travelling in the Far East co-written by Ben Ockrent

Caught In A Trap 1 x 90'
2008
Greenlit Productions for ITV1
Producer Jill Green
Director Michael Samuels
Writer James Graham
Starring Jim Carter, Connie Fisher & Geraldine James

An Elvis-obsessed parking attendent steals from the parking metres to fund her love of 'The King'

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Creator and Writer
This House 2014
Left Bank
In development
Creator James Graham
Writer James Graham

 
Face the Music Pilot for 6 x 60'
2014
ITV Studios for ITV
In development
Creator James Graham
Writer James Graham

 
New Medical Drama 2013
BBC Productions
In development
Creator James Graham
Writer James Graham

New medical drama for the BBC

Buddy Cops Pilot for 6 x 60'
2014
Kudos Film and Television for ITV
In development
Creator James Graham
Writer James Graham

Two coppers on the beat

Candy Floss Pilot for 6 x 60'
2012
Cowboy Films for Channel 4
In development
Creator James Graham
Producer Charles Steele
Writer James Graham

Pilot.  A student discovers his estranged father is the head of a gypsy family

Chocolate Wars Pilot for 6 x 60'
2013
Origin Pictures for BBC
In development
Creator James Graham
Writer James Graham

Television adaptation of the book Chocolate Wars, written by Deborah Cadbury

Jack and the Mouse Pilot for 6 x 60'
2012
Left Bank
In development
Creator James Graham
Writer James Graham

New drama about a French thief and a British banker fighting to return fortune to the people

Meds Pilot for 6 x 60'
2009
Carnival Films for BBC 3
In development
Creator James Graham
Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
Writer James Graham

 
Film
Writer
X and Y Feature
2014
Origin Pictures for BBC Films
Director Morgan Matthews
Writer James Graham
Starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Rafe Spall & Jo Yang

Coming of age feature about young maths prodigies on a trip to China that was listed on the Britlist 2011

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Gypsy Boy Feature
2013
Magna Films
In development
Writer James Graham

Adaptation of Mikey Walsh's autobiography about growing up in a Romany Gypsy family

Garagistas Feature
2013
DMC Films for BBC Films
In development
Writer James Graham

Film set in the 1950s about Formula One racing

Mrs Queen Takes the Train Feature
2014
Weinstein Company
In development
Writer James Graham

Adaptation of the novel by William Kuhn

Radio
Writer
The Grudge 1 x 45' 2011
BBC Radio 4
 
Director Peter Kavanagh
Writer James Graham

 
Albert's Boy 1 x 45' 2009
BBC Radio 4
 
Director Peter Kavanagh
Writer James Graham
Starring Richard Laing & Victor Spinetti

Adaptation of his stage play about Albert Einstein.

 
How You Feelin' Alf? 1 x 45' 2009
BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Peter Kavanagh
Writer James Graham
Starring Annabelle Dowler, David Hargreaves, David Ryall, Malcolm Tierney & Pip Torrens

Set during the winter of discontent the play is about Labour stalwart Alf and his struggle to vote

 
Dividing the Union 2014

 
Writer James Graham