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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 adapting the best-selling book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the BBC.


CV

Television
Writer
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 6 x 60'
2013
Cuba Pictures for BBC1
In development
Producer Nick Hirschkorn
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Peter Harness

Adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel set during the Napoleonic Wars when magic has returned to England

Ruby Film and Television for BBC1
Producer Eric Coulter
Director Kenny Glenaan
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Zawe Ashton, Emma Hamilton, Jason Isaacs & Victoria Wood

Second series of the detective drama based on the novels by Kate Atkinson

Left Bank Pictures for BBC1
Producer Francis Hopkinson
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Mark Hadfield, Saskia Reeves, Sarah Smart & Donald Sumpter

Lead writer on the third series of the acclaimed detective series with this episode adapted from the short story The Grave by Henning Mankell

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Wallander: Before the Frost 1 x 90'
2012
Left Bank Pictures for BBC1
Producer Francis Hopkinson
Director Charles Martin
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart & Mark Hadfield

Lead writer on the third series of the acclaimed detective series with this episode adapted from the novel Before the Frost by Henning Mankell

Wallander: The Dogs of Riga 1 x 90'
2012
Left Bank Pictures for BBC1
Producer Francis Hopkinson
Director Esther May Campbell
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Mark Hadfield, Soren Malling & Sarah Smart

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

1066 1 x 90'
2009
Hardy & Sons for Channel 4
Producer Sue Horth
Director Justin Hardy
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Ian Holm , Gemma Lawrence & Bjorn Thors

Drama about the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings

The Forgotten Fallen 1 x 60'
2009
Hardy & Sons for BBC 4
Producer Susan Horth
Director Justin Hardy
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Kenneth Cranham, Paul Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Bill Paterson & Charlotte Riley

Drama about the influenza epidemic of 1918

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The Four Georges 6 x 60'
2009
Sprout for BBC
In development
Producer Gina Carter
Writer Peter Harness

Period drama series about the first four Georges to reign in England

City of Vice: Multiple Episodes 6 x 60'
2008
Hardy & Sons for Channel 4
Producer Sue Horth
Director Justin Hardy
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Iain Glen & Ian McDiarmid

Historical drama set in vice-ridden Georgian London

BBC Productions for BBC 4
Producer Ben Evans
Director John Alexander
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Rafe Spall & David Walliams

Biopic about the famous comedian

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Heist 1 x 90'
2008
Hardy & Sons for BBC4
Producer Sue Horth
Director Justin Hardy
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Geraldine James & Kris Marshall

Comedy drama set in medieval London

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Empathy Pilot of 6 x 60'
2007
World Productions for BBC
Producer Helen Gregory
Writer Peter Harness

Drama set amongst the inmates of a high security psychiatric hospital

A View From A Hill 1 x 60'
2005
BBC Productions for BBC4
Producer Pier Wilkie
Director Luke Watson
Writer Peter Harness
Starring David Burke, Mark Letheren & Pip Torrens

Adaptation of the classic MR James ghost story

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The Waters of Babylon 1 x 90'
2004
BBC Films
In development
Writer Peter Harness

Winner of the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award

Creator and Writer
Department 666 Pilot for 6 x 60'
2011
Carnival Films for BBC
In development
Creator Peter Harness
Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
Writer Peter Harness

New original series set in special ops in London during WWII

Film
Writer
Is Anybody There? Feature
2009
Heyday Films for Optimum Releasing
Producer David Heyman
Director John Crowley
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Sir Michael Caine, Bill Milner & David Morrissey

Tragi-comedy charting the unlikely friendship between an octogenarian magician and a ten year old boy

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Theatre
Writer
Mongoose 2003
Southwark Playhouse
Director Thea Sharrock
Writer Peter Harness