Mark Catley

Writer for television and theatre
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Biography

Mark has consulted on the BBC's BAFTA award winning series Casualty and led the core story team as well as writing multiple episodes of the show. His personal credits include the two-parter that kicked off the relaunch of the show as well as Episode 25, Sex And Death, of which the The Times said that "the plotting was comparable to ER at its best." He was also on the core writing team for long-running BBC series Eastenders.

Following this Eggbox, created by Mark and Tom Bidwell was commissioned for a pilot for BBC Three with Jamie Thraves as director and produced by Hattrick.
Mark also writes for the stage. His plays Crap Dad, Scuffer and Sunbeam Terrace, and Sherlock Holmes- The Best Kept Secret were produced at West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2012 West Yorkshire Playhouse produced Mark's critically acclaimed adaptation of Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging. Mark has also worked with young playwrights' groups as a tutor and mentor.
Mark recently wrote on the second series of Call The Midwife and E4 drama Youngers. Most recently, he has written an episode of the forthcoming BBC series The Interceptor. Mark is also working with Hatrick and The Forge.

 

CV

Theatre

Writer

Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Producer Bronia Buchanan
Director Nikolai Foster
 
Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth is live on stage, in a gripping, brand-new case written by Mark Catley.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
 
Creator Louise Rennison
Producer Elinor Lloyd
Director Ryan McBryde
Starring
  • Margaret Cabourn-Smith
  • Rachel Caffrey
  • Mabel Clements
  • Edward Green
  •  
    A new stage adaptation of the "Queen of Teen" Louise Rennison's Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson 
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
     
    Director Alex Chisholm
     
    Original full length play, Danny has to pay off his debts by the evening or have his legs broken
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
     
     
    Opera North
     
     
    Original full length play, Paul and Marie had a baby as teenagers, doubting his fitness to be a parent a grown up Paul prepares to meet his child
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
     
    Director Alex Chisholm
    Starring
  • Ron Blass
  • Mick Martin
  • Dorian Smith
  • Sally Walsh
  •  
    Original full length play, premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
     

    TV

    Writer

    Youngers
    2 x 30
    Creator Benjamin Kuffuor
    Producer Luke Alkin
     
    Drama about two school children who start a grime crew.
    Big Talk Productions for Channel Four
    In development
     
    Creator Heidi Thomas
    Producer Hugh Warren
    Starring
  • Jessica Raine
  • Miranda Hart
  • Jenny Agutter
  • Pam Ferris
  •  
    The second series about a group of midwives based in East London in the 1950s.
    Neal Street Productions for BBC One
    In development
     
    Casualty: multiple episodes
    Nominated for a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama in 2007, 2009 and 2010
    19 x 60'
    Starring
  • Susan Cookson
  • Jane Hazelgrove
  • Simon McCorkindale
  • Suzanne Packer
  •  
    Mark has been lead writer and a consultant producer on the BBC's popular flagship medical drama since 2007, during which time the show has been BAFTA nominated three times
    BBC for BBC1
     
    Producer Lucy Raffety
    Director Paul Murphy
    Starring
  • Matt Bardock
  • Tristan Gemmill
  • Hasina Haque
  • Steven Miller
  •  
    Feature length opening episode of Series 25 of BBC1's prime time medical drama set in a hosptial emergency ward
    BBC for BBC1
     
    Producer Keith Boak
    Director Keith Boak
    Starring
  • Matt Bardock
  • Tristan Gemmill
  • Jane Hazlegrove
  • Suzanne Packer
  •  
    BBC1's popular long running hospital drama
    BBC for BBC1
     
    Eggbox
    6 x 30'
     
    Sit com co-written with Tom Bidwell set in a children's cancer ward
    Hat Trick
     
    Producer Pamela Hansson
    Director Jamie Annett
     
    BBC1
     
    Holby City
    1 x 60'
    Producer Myar Craig
    Director Fraser Macdonald
     
    BBC1's weekly hospital drama
    BBC1
     
    Doctors
    1 x 30'
    Producer Erika Hossington
    Director Jeremy Smith
     
    BBC1's long running day-time drama set in a GP practice.
    BBC for BBC1
     
     
    Original comedy drama about two gay couples who decide to have children
    Great Meadow for Channel 4
     
    Casualty: Series 22, Episode 25
    Episode 25 'Sex and Death' series 22 nominated for a BAFTA in 2009
    1 x 60'
    Producer Anne-Louise Russell
    Starring
  • Tristan Gemmill
  • Simon McCrokindale
  • Suzanne Parker
  • James Redmond
  •  
    Writer of multiple episodes of the BBC's long running hospital drama, his episode for Series 22 was nominated for a BAFTA
    BBC for BBC1
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Car 5
    1 x 45'
    2005
    Director Nadia Molinari
    Starring
  • Catherine Breeze
  • Nicky Evans
  • Kelli Hollis
  • Eileen O'Brien
  •  
    John is a Leeds cab-driver, it seems that every fare he picks up today confirms that relationships don't work out, but will his third fare change his mind?
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Flutterby
    1 x 60'
    2004
    Director Polly Thomas
    Starring
  • Rob Pickavance
  • Lia Williams
  •  
    Original play about a reformed heroin addict trying to improve the estate where she lives
    Production Company BBC Radio 4
     

    Book

    Writer