Rachel and The Moonstone co-creator Sasha Hails are the adaptors and lead writers of Enid Blyton’s iconic boarding school stories, Malory Towers, now repeating on Saturday mornings on BBC2, from Christmas Day 2021.
Series 1 (13 episodes), produced by UK indie King Bert, and Canadian prodco WildBrain for CBBC and The Family Channel, was an early lockdown and critical hit, transmitting on CBBC from 6th April 2020 and currently available on the BBC iPlayer. Series 2 – another 13 episodes, following the girls into the second form – launched on the iPlayer from 22nd November 2021. Series 3 is in post-production for a 2022 TX.
Internationally, Malory Towers transmitted in Canada on The Family Channel and Australia on ABC from 1st July 2020 and is currently available in the US on BYUtv, in Canada on streamer CBC Gem, and worldwide including ZDF (Germany), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Toonix and HBO (Nordics & CEE) and Hot (Israel).
Rachel co-created and wrote the hit BBC1 mystery series Father Brown, based on GK Chesterton’s priest detective character, now in its 10th series and 110th episode, set to transmit from January 2023.
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 continue to collaborate on original drama series development.
In 2018/2019, Rachel was on the writing team for ITV’s Anna Friel detective drama Marcella (S3), currently on Netflix (not UK) and transmitting on ITV in the UK from January 2021. Rachel continued her collaboration with Marcella prodco Buccaneer when she joined the Whitstable writers’ room in 2020.
In 2017/2018, Rachel wrote two episodes of thriller series Sanctuary for Swedish indie Yellow Bird. This 8-part drama, 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-developed and co-wrote, with Sasha Hails, the BBC’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone (**** Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail).