Rachel and The Moonstone co-creator Sasha Hails are the adaptors and lead writers of Enid Blyton’s iconic boarding school stories, the Emmy-nominated international hit CBBC TV series Malory Towers.  

Malory Towers Series 5 (20 new episodes) is coming in Spring 2024. Series 1-4 are currently available on the BBC iPlayer, alongside the two-part Christmas Special. 

Series 1 transmitted on CBBC from 6th April 2020 and was an early lockdown and critical hit: Pick of the Week in The Sunday Times, Mail Weekend and **** in The Guardian, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Mail Weekend, The i paper, and TV Times.

Malory Towers was Rose d’Or-nominated in 2020 and 2022, and Canadian Screen Award and Emmy-nominated in 2023.

Rachel also co-created (with Tahsin Guner) and wrote the hit BBC1 mystery series Father Brown, based on GK Chesterton’s priest detective character, now in its 11th series and 120th episode, transmitting from January 2024.

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 11 is currently available on the iPlayer.

Rachel and Father Brown co-creator Tahsin Guner continue to collaborate on original drama series development.

Rachel was on the writing team for ITV’s Anna Friel detective drama Marcella (S3, Netflix/ITV), and continued her collaboration with Marcella prodco Buccaneer when she joined the Whitstable S1 writers’ room. She also 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, including on Starzplay in the UK, Sundance Now in the US and Canada, 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 (****  TelegraphFinancial Times, Daily Mail).

The Moonstone, directed by Lisa Mulcahy (Ripley Road, Years and Years, Blood S1), transmitted on BBC1 and the iPlayer from 31st October 2016, and repeated on BBC1 over Christmas 2016.

Rachel has been writing primetime British television drama for 20 years, including extensive work in BBC Continuing Drama, notably on EastEnders and Casualty.