Most recently the trio have written and co-created a new half-hour comedy IN THE LONG RUN starring Idris Elba for Sky One, due to air in the UK in spring 2018 and are currently writing an, as yet untitled, police comedy for Jon Rolph at Retort. In the U.S they’ve just finished writing a pilot script, MINNIE, a comedy about the happiest fat girl in Los Angeles. The show was developed with Ed Helms and his company Pacific Electric and commissioned by Universal Television for Fox Network. In addition they have been commissioned by Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 company to write a pilot script for a serial drama, also for the U.S. 3 STRANGE ANGELS tells the tale of three professional killers on the run in the Rust Belt of America.
For the big screen the trio adapted the novel WE CAN BE HEROES by Catherine Bruton which they subsequently went on to direct (Claire) and co-direct (Ian and Stu). Starring Alison Steadman and Phil Davies it premiered at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival gaining five star reviews. Commissioned from an original treatment STEAL AWAY is their most recent feature film in development with Alison Owen of Monumental Pictures.
Claire, Stu and Ian – or CSI, if you like – met writing theatre for young people in their native Birmingham. They made their first foray into writing for television with DISMISSED, a comedy set in a Pupil Referral Unit in Walsall. The show was developed with Ash Atalla at Roughcut TV and was made into a taster tape for BBC3.
Since then CSI have created and written three series of THE JOB LOT starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Hadland for ITV and CARTERS GET RICH starring Kerry Godliman and James Van Der Beek for Sky One. They were also commissioned to write two episodes of DIY store sitcom TOOLS with Roughcut TV for BBC 1 which was selected for the BBC Salford Showcase, and they wrote and directed a rehearsed reading of NOSH for Sky One with Hartswood Films.
Ian lives in London with his wife Izzy and baby and supports Birmingham City from a safe distance. Claire and Stu live in Birmingham with their two kids and love climbing the Wrekin! They spend a lot of time on Skype.