Peter Harness

Writer for television, film and theatre
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Biography

Peter Harness was born and grew up in Yorkshire and studied for a doctorate at Oxford University before winning a Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award and being chosen as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow after which he turned to writing full-time. 


 Peter has written a number of single films for TV including the Spanish Flu drama The Forgotten Fallen and the Frankie Howerd biopic Rather You Than Me starring David Walliams. His debut feature, Is Anybody There?, starring Michael Caine and David Morrissey, premiered in 2009 to considerable critical acclaim.
He was lead writer on the third series of the hit detective drama Wallander and is currently writing two more episodes for its fourth series. He's also writing for Doctor Who as well as developing original projects for Drama Republic, BBC Wales and Cuba Pictures.

His adaptation of the best-selling book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the BBC is in 7 hour long parts and was broadcast in Spring 2015.

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TV

Writer

Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
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    Ninth series of the hugely popular show. 

    BBC for BBC One
     
    Untitled Commission
    Pilot for 6 x 60'
    Creator Peter Harness
    Producer Greg Bremnan
     
    Drama Republic for BBC
    In development
     
    Producer Nick Hirschkorn
    Director Toby Haynes
    Starring
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Bertie Carvel
  • Alice Englert
  • Marc Warren
  •  
    Adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel. Set in England during the Industrial Revolution and at the start of the 19th century, Peter Harness’ adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s best-selling novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell presents us with a fictional historical backdrop where magic is commonly learnt, though rarely practised. Jonathan Strange’s enthusiasm to practise magic leads him to discover Mr Norrell, the only practising magician left in England.
    Cuba Pictures for BBC1
     
    Producer Peter Bennett
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Jenna Coleman
  •  

    The Doctor and Clara face vicious, spider-like creatures and a terrible dilemma in the 7th episode of the 8th series

    BBC for BBC1
     
     
    BBC Wales
    In development
     
     

    Fourth series of the acclaimed detective series

    Left Bank for BBC1
     
    Producer Eric Coulter
    Director Kenny Glenaan
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Emma Hamilton
  • Jason Isaacs
  •  
    Second series of the detective drama based on the novels by Kate Atkinson
    Ruby Film and Television for BBC1
     
    Producer Francis Hopkinson
    Starring
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Saskia Reeves
  • Sarah Smart
  •  
    Lead writer on the third series of the acclaimed detective series with this episode adapted from the short story The Grave by Henning Mankell
    Left Bank Pictures for BBC1
     
    Producer Francis Hopkinson
    Director Charles Martin
    Starring
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Sarah Smart
  •  
    Lead writer on the third series of the acclaimed detective series with this episode adapted from the novel Before the Frost by Henning Mankell
    Left Bank Pictures for BBC1
     
    Producer Francis Hopkinson
    Director Esther May Campbell
    Starring
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Ingeborga Dapkunaite
  • Soren Malling
  •  
    Lead writer on the third series of the acclaimed detective series with this episode adapted from the novel The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
    Left Bank Pictures for BBC1
     
    1066
    1 x 90'
    Producer Sue Horth
    Director Justin Hardy
    Starring
  • Ian Holm
  • Gemma Lawrence
  • Bjorn Thors
  •  
    Drama about the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings
    Hardy & Sons for Channel 4
     
    Producer Susan Horth
    Director Justin Hardy
    Starring
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Paul Freeman
  • Mark Gatiss
  • Bill Paterson
  •  
    Drama about the influenza epidemic of 1918
    Hardy & Sons for BBC 4
     
    Producer Gina Carter
     
    Period drama series about the first four Georges to reign in England
    Sprout for BBC
    In development
     
    City of Vice: Multiple Episodes
    RTS Nominated: Best Series
    6 x 60'
    Producer Sue Horth
    Director Justin Hardy
    Starring
  • Iain Glen
  • Ian McDiarmid
  •  
    Historical drama set in vice-ridden Georgian London
    Hardy & Sons for Channel 4
     
    Producer Ben Evans
    Director John Alexander
    Starring
  • Rafe Spall
  • David Walliams
  •  
    Biopic about the famous comedian
    BBC Productions for BBC 4
     
    Heist
    1 x 90'
    Producer Sue Horth
    Director Justin Hardy
    Starring
  • Geraldine James
  • Kris Marshall
  •  
    Comedy drama set in medieval London
    Hardy & Sons for BBC4
     
    Empathy
    Pilot of 6 x 60'
    Producer Helen Gregory
     
    Drama set amongst the inmates of a high security psychiatric hospital
    World Productions for BBC
     
    Producer Pier Wilkie
    Director Luke Watson
    Starring
  • David Burke
  • Mark Letheren
  • Pip Torrens
  •  
    Adaptation of the classic MR James ghost story
    BBC Productions for BBC4
     
    The Waters of Babylon
    Winner: Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award
    1 x 90'
     
    Winner of the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award
    BBC Films
    In development
     
    Department 666
    Pilot for 6 x 60'
    Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
     

    New original series set in special ops in London during WWII

    Carnival Films for BBC
    In development
     

    Film

    Writer

    Producer David Heyman
    Director John Crowley
    Starring
  • Sir Michael Caine
  • David Morrissey
  •  
    Tragi-comedy charting the unlikely friendship between an octogenarian magician and a ten year old boy
    Optimum Releasing
    Heyday Films
     

    Theatre

    Writer

    Director Thea Sharrock
     
    Southwark Playhouse