Tony Saint

Writer for television
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Biography

Tony Saint is an award-winning screenwriter for television.

He is the creator, writer and exec producer of BBC1's 8-part series The Interceptor.

Tony's television single, Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, was nominated for a BAFTA Breakthrough Award and the film went on to win three Broadcasting Press Guild Awards as well as achieving nominations for both Best Single Drama at the RTS Awards and Best Documentary Drama at the Grierson Awards.

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 wrote on 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.



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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.

Leftbank Pictures
In development
 
Producer Justin-Thompson Glover
 

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.

Artists Studio
In development
 
 
Set in June 1953, this is the story of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
BBC for BBC1
 
Creator Chris Ryan
Producer Michael Casey
Director Bill Eagles
Starring
  • Phillip Winchester
  • Sullivan Stapleton
  • Rhona Mitra
  •  
    Tony was showrunner and co-producer for the third series.
    Left Bank Pictures/Cinemax for Sky 1
     
    Creator Chris Ryan
    Starring
  • Philip Winchester
  • Sullivan Stapleton
  •  
    Cinemax's first scripted prime-time original drama series, focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.
    Left Bank Pictures for Sky1
     
     
    Big Talk Productions for Sky1
     
    Producer Stephen Wright
    Director Simon Cellan-Jones
    Starring
  • David Calder
  • Brian Cox
  • Alex Jennings
  • Anna Maxwell-Martin
  •  
    Comedy drama about Heather Brooke's four year battle with parliament to make politicians adhere to the Freedom of Information Act
    BBC for BBC4
     
     

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

    Left Bank Pictures for BBC
     
     
    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
    BBC
    In development
     
    Catchment
    1 x 90'
     
    Single drama about the headmaster of an over subscribed inner city comprehensive
    BBC
    In development
     
     
    Television film about a disgraced foreign office civil servant posted to Helmand in Afghanistarn as a chance to make amends
    Leftbank Pictures for Channel 4
    in development
     
    Micro Men
    1 x 90'
    Producer Andrea Cornwell
    Director Saul Metzstein
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Edward Baker-Duly
  • Stefan Butler
  • Martin Freeman
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    Comedy drama charting the rivalry between Clive Sinclair and his one-time employee Chris Curry.
    Darlow Smithson for BBC
     
    Shatter
    2 x 60'
     
    Adaptation of the detective novel by Michael Robotham
    Blueprint Pictures
    in development
     
    Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley
    Best Single Drama, Best Multi Channel Programme Broadcast Press Awards 2009
    1 x 60'
    Starring
  • Jonathan Aris
  • Michael Gould
  • Rory Kinnear
  • Andrea Riseborough
  •  

    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.

    Great Meadow for BBC
     
    The Whistleblowers: Series 1, Episode 4
    Nominated for Best Drama at the Rose D'Or International Television Competition
    1 x 60'
    Producer Sanne Wohlenberg
    Director Paul Gay
    Starring
  • Joe Armstrong
  • Dominic Coleman
  • Richard Coyle
  • Sarah Smart
  •  
    Drama following two lawyers who witness a miscarriage of justice and decide to speak out about it
    Carnival Film and Televsison for ITV
     
    Service
    1 x 30'
    Producer Clive Brill
    Starring
  • Joe Armstrong
  • Glenn Doherty
  •  
    Half hour original film for Channel 4's Coming Up strand set in a motorway service station
    IWC Media for Channel 4
     

    Writer & Executive Producer

    Producer Patrick Schweitzer, Sarah Brown (Exec. producer)
    Director Farren Blackburn
    Starring
  • O.T. Fagbenle
  • Lee Boardman
  • Melissa Johns
  • Jeany Spark
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    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.

    BBC Drama for BBC