Rachel and The Moonstone co-creator Sasha Hails have adapted Enid Blyton’s iconic boarding school stories, Malory Towers, for CBBC and Canadian broadcaster The Family Channel, currently on the BBC iPlayer and on CBBC from 6th April 2020.
Sasha and Rachel’s latest project has just been announced – an adaptation of the modern classic How Green Was My Valley for Channel 5 through ITV Studios’ indie South Shore. The duo are also currently writing the pilot of their original YA drama series for Kindle Entertainment.
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).
In 2018/2019, Rachel was on the writing team for ITV’s Anna Friel detective drama Marcella (S3). In 2017/2018, Rachel wrote two episodes of Sanctuary, an 8-part thriller series from Swedish indie Yellow Bird, adapted by Charlie Fletcher and starring Josefin Asplund and Matthew Modine. Sanctuary (Himmelsdalen) is transmitting internationally across 2019/2020, including on Starzplay in the UK, Sundance Now in the US and Canada (from 23rd April 2020), and on Sweden’s TV4.
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).