A 6 x 1 hour drama series, The Correspondent is a tense political thriller pitched somewhere between State of Play and Homeland via The Hurt Locker. At the heart of the story is a female news correspondent inspired by the BBC’s Kate Adie. The series will focus on a central story, which will unfold throughout each episode – with a global canvas that encompasses the UK, the Middle East, Asia and the US. It will challenge our prejudices and our compassion – and hold us gripped by the relationships and political intrigue at the heart of the stories. This isn’t just warfare, guns and bombs: it’s love, death, betrayal and courage...and it’s live drama. Although the series will be scripted, shot and edited, the newsroom studio will be kept on standby each week to pick up and shoot the current news stories as they unfold, and then cut into the newsroom narrative just before transmission – so it will have the rush of live world news and the engagement of intelligent drama.The producers have met and consulted with both Kate Adie and her former field producer, now Foreign Editor at BBC News, Anthony Massey, and hope to continue working with them and other leading foreign correspondents and news editors from each of the major news broadcasters throughout the script process.
CARA NICHOLL is a news correspondent. She’s 37, and addicted to the adrenaline rush of live news reporting in a world where all the rules are changing constantly. She sees her role as the reporter on the ground, put there to tell the truth: others see her as a woman playing with fire in unthinkably dangerous situations.She’s considered to be the “face” of the world’s worst conflicts. In the words of a stand-up comedian, it’s possible to assess the seriousness of a conflict by checking who arrives first: John Simpson – sticks and stones; Jeremy Bowen – guns, the odd explosion; Cara Nicholl – get out now!
PRODUCER: Elaine Morris
Elaine has 30 years experience in television having started in local news at the BBC. She moved to BBC Drama where she worked on productions by Mike Leigh and Dennis Potter. Moving to the independent sector she joined Hat Trick Productions as a Production Manager before moving to Working Title and then Kudos as a Line Producer. She established VERA as a production company in 1994 in partnership with Vivienne Clore, Rory Bremner and Geoff Atkinson. Elaine’s experience covers drama, entertainment and factual for all the major broadcasters including Channel 4’s flagship political, satirical programme Rory Bremner... who else? and Bremner Bird and Fortune for which she won a BAFTA award and three BAFTA nominations. Other programmes included Cutting Edge, Dispatches,The Mark Thomas Comedy Product and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression and special event programming around General Elections and political stories such as the Arms to Iraq scandal. In addition to the BAFTA award, Vera’s productions won British Comedy Awards, Royal Television Society Awards, South Bank Show awards and Broadcasting Press Guild awards and were nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux.
DIRECTOR: Jean Stewart
Jean Stewart is an award-winning director for film and TV. She started her career at The National Film and Television School, and has directed a variety of popular and high rating TV drama series (including Eastenders, The Bill, Taggart). Her credits include Cracker (BAFTA Best Drama Award), Nervous Energy (BBC Film, screened at London, Berlin Film Festivals and other festivals worldwide), Born to Run (BBC comedy drama, RTS Best Drama Nomination), Butterfly Collectors (Granada/HBO with Paul Abbott, nominated for Prix Italia 2001), The Long Run (Feature film, made in South Africa), Loving You (ITV film), William and Mary (ITV comedy series with Martin Clunes, BAFTA nomination), Staffroom Monolgues (Teachers TV, RTS Education award) Taggart (RTS Drama Series Nomination).Jean is currently developing film and TV projects, including When I find You (STV with David Harrower), The Ones that Got Away (ITV Studios, with Sean Cook), Watermelon Seeds (with Evan Placey). She is also writing a novel The Changeling Boy.
WRITER: Sean Cook
Sean Cook is an established screenwriter who is based both in the UK and Australia. He has written extensively for UK television with credits that include the BBC drama/thriller Spooks, multiple episodes of the long running BBC drama Holby City, Channel 4 serial Hollyoaks and BBC tele-movie Yesterday We Were In America.Sean has created and developed a number of TV projects for the BBC, ITV and production companies Ruby Films, Scott Free, Company Pictures, The Ink Factory and Wall to Wall. He is currently working on two Australian productions, a political thriller for Playmaker and the ABC and a murder mystery for Blackfella Films and SBS. He is also developing a six-part thriller for Working Title TV with Dougray Scott attached.