Jane Unsworth

Screenwriter and novelist

Emma Jane Unsworth is a BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and award-winning novelist.

She is the showrunner for the first two seasons of a new comedy-drama with Merman/Sky, coming Autumn 2022. She will
write four episodes and has overseen the writers’ room.

She has written an episode of a new period drama for Apple, developed with The Forge, coming 2023.

Emma wrote an episode of Stephen Merchant’s 2021 comedy-thriller THE OUTLAWS for BBC/Amazon. She has been nominated for a BAFTA for her script.

Her own TV projects include:

WILD CATS, a comedy about prize-fighting working class women in 18th-century England, in development with Lookout Point/BBC1;

STUCK WITH YOU, a comedy-drama about identity crises within families – a semi-fictionalised adaptation of Unsworth’s memoir, After the Storm, with Brock Media/BBC Studios;

ROYAL ACADEMY, a show about creativity, fame and revenge, in development with Character Seven; and

XIII, witty action-thriller about a female amnesiac, adapted from a classic comic, in development with Anton and

She is working on a film adaptation of a classic musical, about female friendship, with Rebel Park and Universal Music, starring Gemma Arterton, which Emma is co-writing with the singer Jessie Ware.

She is currently writing her fourth novel, set for publication with HarperCollins/Borough Press in Summer 2023.

Emma adapted her second novel, ANIMALS, into a feature film. The film, directed by Sophie Hyde and starring Holliday
Grainger and Alia Shawkat, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2019. The same year, she won the BIFA for Best Debut Screenwriter for her script.




Director Sophie Hyde
  • Holliday Grainger
  • Alia Shawkat
  • Based on Emma's novel by the same name. Nominated Best Debut Screenwriter at BIFA 2019.

    Sarah Brocklehurst Productions



    Creator Stephen Merchant

    Episode 2 of the acclaimed series.

    Big Talk for BBC1
    In development
    The Forge
    In development
    In development

    Based on Emma's novel of the same name.

    Playground Entertainment
    In development
    Lookout Point for BBC1
    In development
    Sarah Brocklehurst Productions
    In development
    Keshet TV
    In development

    Drama set in all-female hostel co-written with Natalie O'Hara.

    Red & Sarah Brocklehurst Productions
    In development