Danny Boyle to team up with Peep Show writers for Channel 4 police drama
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Thursday 22 August 2013
Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle is to team up with the writers of the comedy Peep Show to make a drama show for Channel 4 on the subject of modern British policing.
The project, which is at the pilot stage, was announced today by Jay Hunt, chief operating officer of Channel 4, at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the writers of Peep Show, have a long relationship with the network, having also written for the comedy shows Smack the Pony and Fresh Meat.
Boyle, best known for his work as Artistic Director of Isles of Wonder at the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games, also has strong ties with the broadcaster whose movie arm Film4 made Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won the Academy Award for best director.
Channel 4 today also announced it would be showing The Maudsley, a four-part documentary series on the south London hospital which specialises in treating patients with mental health problems. It will also broadcast Indian Summers, a ten-part epic drama series set in 1932 and based around the Himalayan town of Simla, a summer refuge for British colonialists.
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