Danny Brocklehurst (born June 1971 in Hyde, Cheshire) is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning English screenwriter. Brocklehurst worked as a journalist for several years (as a freelancer for The Guardian, City Life and Manchester Evening News and senior feature writer for The Big Issue) before becoming a full-time screenwriter.
|Born||June 1971 (age 48)|
Hyde, Cheshire, England
He has written numerous hit television drama series including Brassic, Safe, Come Home, The Driver, Ordinary Lies, Clocking Off, Shameless and The Street; International Emmy winner Accused, comedy-drama Linda Green; serials Exile, The Stretford Wives, In the Dark and Sorted. He has been nominated for both BAFTA and Royal Television Society writing awards.
With Shameless, Brocklehurst won a BAFTA for series one, co-wrote series two with Paul Abbott and became lead writer on series three. He left prior to the fourth series.
His self-created series, Sorted, the BBC's high-profile postal drama, starring Hugo Speer, achieved 5 million viewers in the summer of 2006 and was the only drama that year to grow week on week in the ratings. Despite this; and the largely good critical response; the then controller Jane Tranter did not recommission the show.
In 2007, Brocklehurst wrote a film about the Fathers4Justice campaign for producers Harbour Pictures. Whilst, his Company Pictures produced four-part ITV drama, Talk To Me, starring Max Beesley, Laura Fraser, Adrian Bower, Kate Ashfield and Emma Pierson.
In 2011 he wrote a 3-part BBC 1 drama, Exile, "a tale of prodigal redemption" which becomes an investigative crime story. It starred John Simm and Jim Broadbent. It was critically acclaimed. It received an average of 5.5 million viewers and an Audience Appreciation score of 90%.
In August 2013, Charlotte Moore, the BBC1 controller announced a new drama, Ordinary Lies, written by Brocklehurst.
The Driver, starring David Morrissey was announced in January 2014, a three-part drama about a taxi driver who takes a job driving for a criminal. Shown on for BBC One it co-starred Ian Hart, Claudie Blakely, and Colm Meaney. It was co-created by Jim Poyser and made by Red Productions and Highfield Pictures. In January 2015, US network Showtime announced they were developing a remake of the drama.
HBO announced a project called A Teacher, in February 2014 which will be co-written by Brocklehurst and Hannah Fidell, and executive produced by Mark Duplass. It is a drama about a teacher/student relationship, based on the film of the same name. The show didn't get made by HBO but has now been picked up by FX.
In 2017 Netflix made Safe starring Michael C. Hall. It is written by Danny and Harlan Coben.
Come Home, a 3-part BBC drama was shown to critical acclaim in April 2018. It starred Christopher Eccleston and Paula Malcomson.
In theatre he has written three award-winning plays, My Eight Times Table, Nobody and Loaded (transferred to Radio Four), as well being story adviser and book co-writer of the hit West End (and national touring) musical Never Forget.
His new play Casual Ties has been commissioned for production in 2014. It is a dissection of modern relationships.
He was featured in the writers' section of the Broadcast magazine Hot 100 2007.
He has cited Tony Marchant, Jimmy McGovern and Alan Bleasdale as his writing inspirations. In a Creative Times feature in 2010, he wrote that Our Friends in the North was his favourite drama of all time.
In 2013 Danny wrote the track "Ring" with dance band Mint Royale, featuring the vocals of Willem Dafoe.
Career in brief:
- Clocking Off, series 2–4 (BAFTA nomination), episodes starring Sophie Okonedo, Ricky Tomlinson and Pam Ferris.
- Linda Green, episodes starring Liza Tarbuck and Jane Horrocks.
- The Stretford Wives (directed by Peter Webber), starring Fay Ripley.
- Shameless, series 1–3 (BAFTA winner), starring James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff.
- Sorted (directed by Iain B Macdonald), starring Hugo Speer.
- Talk to Me (directed by Emmy winner Dearbhla Walsh), starring Max Beesley and Aaron Johnson.
- The Street (one episode, with Jimmy McGovern)
- Shameless USA (Showtime – John Wells), Episodes starring William H Macy and Joan Cusack
- Life After Marriage (ABC network, with Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes)
- Accused – director Richard Laxton, starring Andy Serkis and Jodie Whittacker International Emmy Winner.
- Exile – (BAFTA nomination) director John Alexander, starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent and Timothy West.
- Accused 2 – (BAFTA nomination, best Mini-series, International Emmy nomination Best Drama Series) director David Blair, starring Robert Sheehan, Sheridan Smith and John Bishop.
- The Driver – starring David Morrissey, Ian Hart, and Colm Meaney. RTS best drama nomination.
- Ordinary Lies starring Mackenzie Crook, Max Beasley, Michelle Keegan, Sally Lindsay and Jo Joyner.
- Ordinary Lies 2 starring Angela Griffin, Matt Di' Angelo, Rebecca Staton and Con o'Neill
- The Five Sky 1/Netflix drama featuring Lee Ingelby and Sarah Solomani
- In the Dark BBC1 drama starring MyAnna Buring.
- Safe Netflix drama starring Michael C. Hall.
- Come Home starring Christopher Eccleston. Winner of RTS best writer and best drama awards.
- Brassic Sky one comedy drama starring Joe Gilgun and Michelle Keegan.
- The Stranger Netflix thriller starring Richard Armitage and Jennifer Saunders.
- A Teacher FX limited series. Co-creator and executive producer.
BAFTA TV Award
|2001||Clocking Off||Best Writer||Nominated|
|2002||Clocking Off||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
Danny has written extensively for radio. His police series Stone is in its eighth series. It stars Hugo Speer as Detective Inspector John Stone and every episode features a morally complex crime. It has been described as "gritty" (The Guardian), "hard hitting" (The Times) and "realistic in a way radio drama rarely is" (The Observer).
Danny has written a play about Thatcher's Mutually Assured Destruction policy in the 1980s, The End of The World, a thriller about a man who seems to have ceased to exist Nobody, an Australian set examination of greed, Loaded and a single drama about an eighty-year-old woman who admits to a series of brutal murders, Mary Shane.
He has appeared as a regular commentator on Radio 4 and 5Live.
- Danny Brocklehurst on IMDb
- Guardian article, Are You Sitting Uncomfortably? https://www.theguardian.com/media/2005/dec/19/mondaymediasection2
- Wallenstein, Andrew (1 June 2011). "HBO Getting Dirty with Danny Brocklehurst". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2011.