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 transmitted on CBBC from 6th April 2020. Series 2 and 3 (a total of 26 episodes) are now commissioned and currently shooting in Canada.
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 co-created and wrote the hit BBC1 mystery series Father Brown, based on GK Chesterton’s priest detective character, now shooting its 9th series and 100th episode, set to transmit in early 2022. 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).