Rachel and The Moonstone co-creator Sasha Hails have adapted Enid Blyton’s iconic boarding school stories, Malory Towers, for CBBC and Canadian prodco WildBrain, currently on the BBC iPlayer and on CBBC from 6th April 2020.
Internationally, Malory Towers transmitted in Canada on The Family Channel and Australia on ABC from 1st July 2020 and is currently showing in the US on BYUtv (from 13th September 2020), in Canada on streamer CBC Gem (from 28th August 2020), and coming soon to channels worldwide including ZDF (Germany), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Toonix and HBO (Nordics & CEE) and Hot (Israel).
Sasha and Rachel’s latest project has recently been announced – an adaptation of the modern classic How Green Was My Valley for Channel 5 through ITV Studios’ indie South Shore. The duo have also recently written the pilot of their original YA drama series for Kindle Entertainment.
Rachel is currently writing the pilot of a novel adaptation for Swedish indie Yellow Bird, following her successful collaboration with the prodco in 2017/2018, when Rachel wrote two episodes of Sanctuary. This 8-part thriller series, adapted by Charlie Fletcher from the bestselling Scandi thriller The Devil’s Sanctuary, starred Josefin Asplund and Matthew Modine. Sanctuary (Himmelsdalen) transmitted internationally across 2019/2020, including on Starzplay in the UK, Sundance Now in the US and Canada (from April 2020), and on Sweden’s TV4.
Rachel co-created and wrote the hit BBC1 mystery series Father Brown, based on GK Chesterton’s priest detective character, now commissioned for its 9th series and 100th episode. Father Brown is now one of the most successful shows the BBC has ever syndicated. It has so far sold to 232 territories globally, with 90% carriage in America alone. The show transmits in weekend prime time in territories including Australia (where it was the top-rating Saturday night drama) and the US. Season 7 is currently available on Britbox.
Rachel and Father Brown co-creator Tahsin Guner are currently writing a primetime drama series pilot for UKTV (funded development).
Rachel co-developed and co-wrote, with Sasha Hails, the BBC’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone (**** Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail).