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the writer

I'm a writer and script editor based in London. With a bedrock of experience in production, I studied script development with the NFTS and have worked in development roles for BBC Drama Production, Bandit Television, Far Moor Media, and most recently as a development executive for 87 Films. In 2016, whilst script editing on Tang dynasty detective series THE JUDGE DEE MYSTERIES (based on the classic novels by Robert van Gulik), I was commissioned to devise and write an original 1-hour episode, ‘The Bath House Murder’.

 

Fast forward a few years: my spec script THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE – a feature-length drama about the last years of George Orwell and the writing of Nineteen Eighty-Four – was picked up by BAFTA-winning producer Hilary Salmon through newly launched indie The Lighthouse. In 2021 TLMIE was named on The Brit List, celebrating the best unproduced film & TV scripts in the UK, compiled annually from industry recommendations.

Other projects leading a varied and lively slate include ELECTION! – a satire based on a 1997 memoir by political journalist John Sweeney; and BY PERSONS UNKNOWN – a true crime drama based on historical events taking place in 1980s South Africa.

 

I'm currently under commission to script a contemporary murder mystery feature for Sky Cinema Originals and Atar Productions.

 

I'm represented by Michael McCoy at Independent Talent.

​email me at james.roblin@gmail.com

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