Tony Saint

Writer for television

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Tony Saint is an award winnning screenwriter whose television single, Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, was broadcast in June 2008 and starred Andrea Riseborough, Rory Kinnear and Sam West. Tony was nominated for a BAFTA Breakthrough Award and the film went on to win three Broadcasting Press Guild Awards as well as scooping nominations for both Best Single Drama at the RTS Awards and Best Documentary Drama at the Grierson Awards 2009.

In 2009 Tony wrote the original television film Micro Men, starring Alexander Armstrong as Clive Sinclair. The film was directed by Saul Metzstein for Darlow Smithson and the BBC. Micro Men was nominated for an Royal Televison Society Award for Best Multi Channel Programme.

Tony followed this up with On Expenses, a BBC4 film about journalist Heather Brooke's campaign for full transparency over MPs expenses under the Freedom of Information Act. The film was named "an outstanding hour" by The Times. Having written extensively on Series 2 of Sky/Cinemax's Strike Back, Tony returned as showrunner and co-producer on Series 3.

Tony is also a novelist who based his first book, Refusal Shoes, on his experiences working for the UK Immigration Service. He has since written two further novels, Blag and The ASBO Show. All three were published by Serpent's Tail.

Most recently he has created, written and exec produced an 8 part series for BBC One, The Interceptor, due to air in 2015.


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The Interceptor 8 x 60
BBC Drama for BBC
In production
Creator Tony Saint
Producer Patrick Schweitzer, Sarah Brown (Exec. producer)
Director Farren Blackburn
Writer Tony Saint
Starring O.T. Fagbenle, Lee Boardman, Melissa Johns & Jeany Spark

The  Interceptor takes us into the world of a crack undercover team whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals.

The Impossible Dead Sep 2013
Leftbank Pictures
In development
Writer Tony Saint

Adaptation of Ian Rankin novel, follow up to The Complaints. Malcolm Fox has been assigned an investigation concerning 3 police detectives, who are suspected of withholding information regarding their fellow co-worker, Paul Carter, who was charged with several acts of sexual assault.

The Eagle Has Landed Oct 2013
ITV Studios for BBC1
In development
Writer Tony Saint

Legion of the Damned 10 x 60'
Artists Studio
In development
Producer Justin-Thompson Glover
Writer Tony Saint

Based on the first in a series of novels by Sven Hassel. Published in 1953, the book provides an account of life as a soldier in European Russia during World War II.

Coronation 1 X 90
Jun 2012
BBC for BBC1
Writer Tony Saint

Set in June 1953, this is the story of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.

Left Bank Pictures/Cinemax for Sky 1
Creator Chris Ryan
Producer Michael Casey
Director Bill Eagles
Writer Tony Saint
Starring Phillip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton & Rhona Mitra

Tony was showrunner and co-producer for the third series.

Strike Back: Series 2 2 x 60'
Sep 2011
Left Bank Pictures for Sky1
Creator Chris Ryan
Writer Tony Saint
Starring Philip Winchester , Sullivan Stapleton & Amanda Mealing

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

Newcastle Project Jun 2011
Big Talk Productions for Sky1
Writer Tony Saint

On Expenses 1 x 60'
Feb 2010
BBC for BBC4
Producer Stephen Wright
Director Simon Cellan-Jones
Writer Tony Saint
Starring David Calder, Brian Cox, Alex Jennings, Anna Maxwell-Martin & Tim Pigott-Smith

Comedy drama about Heather Brooke's four year battle with parliament to make politicians adhere to the Freedom of Information Act

The Complaints 2010
Left Bank Pictures for BBC
Writer Tony Saint

Adaptation of Ian Rankin's novel about a police complaints investigator in Lothian and Borders Police, Malcolm Fox.

The Seymour Tapes 6 x 30'
In development
Writer Tony Saint

Adaptation of Tim Lott's novel about a doctor with a seemingly perfect life who begins to doubt his family and to spy on them using CCTV in their home

Catchment 1 x 90'
In development
Writer Tony Saint

Single drama about the headmaster of an over subscribed inner city comprehensive

Highway to Helmand 3 x 60'
Leftbank Pictures for Channel 4
in development
Writer Tony Saint

Television film about a disgraced foreign office civil servant posted to Helmand in Afghanistarn as a chance to make amends

Micro Men 1 x 90'
Darlow Smithson for BBC
Producer Andrea Cornwell
Director Saul Metzstein
Writer Tony Saint
Starring Alexander Armstrong, Edward Baker-Duly, Stefan Butler, Martin Freeman & Sam Phillips

Comedy drama charting the rivalry between Clive Sinclair and his one-time employee Chris Curry.

Shatter 2 x 60'
Blueprint Pictures
in development
Writer Tony Saint

Adaptation of the detective novel by Michael Robotham

Great Meadow for BBC
Writer Tony Saint
Starring Jonathan Aris, Michael Gould, Rory Kinnear, Andrea Riseborough & Sam West

Single drama for BBC4 starring Andrea Riseborough about Margaret Thatcher's early career and her struggle to be nominated as a parliamentary candidate in the Finchley constituency.

The Whistleblowers: Series 1, Episode 4 1 x 60'
Carnival Film and Televsison for ITV
Producer Sanne Wohlenberg
Director Paul Gay
Writer Tony Saint
Starring Joe Armstrong, Dominic Coleman, Richard Coyle, Sarah Smart & Indira Varma

Drama following two lawyers who witness a miscarriage of justice and decide to speak out about it

Service 1 x 30'
IWC Media for Channel 4
Producer Clive Brill
Director Lindy Heymann
Writer Tony Saint
Starring Joe Armstrong & Glenn Doherty

Half hour original film for Channel 4's Coming Up strand set in a motorway service station