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PURE is commissioned by Channel 4


Drama Republic is delighted to announce that Channel 4 has greenlit PURE, which is being adapted by Kirstie Swain from the acclaimed book by Rose Cartwright, and will start shooting in early 2018.

PURE (6 X ‘45) is Kirstie Swain’s painfully human, sharply observed, and outrageously funny adaptation of Rose Cartwright’s memoir. It is a moving, warm and truthful exploration of one young woman’s search for herself and her very real struggle with mental illness. It explores what it means to be a young woman today, and what it means to discover a whole new world. It’s about finding new friends, and, most importantly, about falling in love.

The Honourable Woman debuts on BBC TWO

“…beautifully crafted, and irresistibly compelling.” – The Guardian

Hugo Blick’s new eight part drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, got off to a great start on Thursday 3rd July, averaging 2.1 million viewers and peaking at 2.3 million, easily topping the slot average for the channel (1.5 million).

More info can be found here

For further information on The Honourable Woman, be sure to visit the programme’s home page on the BBC here and be sure to tune in every Thursday at 9pm on BBC TWO.



Drama Republic Nominated For Broadcast Digital Award

Drama Republic is thrilled to announce that the second series of My Mad Fat Diary has been nominated for a Broadcast Digital award in the Best Scripted Programme category. First transmitted in February this year, the Tom Bidwell penned tale of a teenage girl making sense of the world in 1990’s Lincolnshire whilst battling mental health issues, was a hit for broadcaster E4. Building upon the success of the first series that garnered BAFTA and RTS award nominations, My Mad Fat Diary was a ratings winner and garnered critical acclaim.

Executive producers Roanna Benn and Jude Liknaitzky said “We’re thrilled that Drama Republic has received this nomination. We fell in love with this show when we produced it at Tiger Aspect, and to have collaborated with them on the second series was fantastic. Tom’s beautiful scripts and the stunning work from Sharon Rooney, the rest of the cast and all the crew has made this show what it is. We couldn’t be happier.”

A full list of all the nominees for this year’s awards, along with further information can be found here.

Series two of My Mad Fat Diary was produced with Tiger Aspect for E4. Written by Tom Bidwell, the show was executive produced by Roanna Benn & Jude Liknaitzky for Drama Republic and Will Gould for Tiger Aspect. Produced by Marianne Buckland and Elinor Day. Directed by Anthony Philipson, Luke Snellin, Vanessa Caswill and Alex Winckler.

An Inspector Calls commissioned for BBC One season

Drama Republic has been commissioned to produce a new 90’ version of JB Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls to be directed by BAFTA winning Aisling Walsh for BBC One.

Priestley’s classic and hugely popular stage play was written in 1945 when the Western World  was undergoing sweeping transformations. Following the very first production in the Soviet Union in the same year, it has enjoyed worldwide success ever since.

Drama Republic’s Greg Brenman says: “JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls is a timeless masterpiece that is as entertaining as it is meaningful. It is such an honour for us to be making this with the BBC.”

An Inspector Calls will be executive produced by  Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn. Aisling Walsh (Room at the Top, Fingersmith) is attached to direct.

My Mad Fat Diary (series 1) receives BAFTA nominations

Drama Republic is thrilled to announce that the first series of My Mad Fat Diary has received two nominations at this year’s TV BAFTA’s. Greg Brenman, Roanna Benn & Jude Liknaitzky all served as executive producers on the first series whilst still at Tiger Aspect, working closely with the show’s creator Tom Bidwell on what has become one of E4’s most critically acclaimed and popular shows. The show has been nominated for Best Drama Series and also sees the wonderful Claire Rushbrook nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. The British Academy Television Awards will take place on Sunday 18th May and be shown on BBC One.

A full list of all this year’s nominations can be found here.

The Honourable Woman is met with acclaim at MipTV ahead of UK TX this Summer

Drama Republic’s first production The Honourable Woman, written and directed by Hugo Blick and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal caused a stir at this year’s MipTV in Cannes, racking up several pre-sales as it approaches a summer TX on BBC Two and the Sundance channel in the US. As well as these UK and US transmissions, the show has also been acquired by Netflix, and sold to HBO Nordic and Canal Plus at this year’s festival with further sales pending. Full details of the pick-ups can be found here.

Greg Brenman picks up RTS Award for work on Peaky Blinders

Drama Republic’s Greg Brenman was on stage to accept the RTS Award for Best Drama Series, awarded to Peaky Blinders at a ceremony in central London on March 18th. Greg co-executive produced the show whilst still at Tiger Aspect along with Caryn Mandabach from Caryn Mandabach Productions and the six part tale of a 1920’s Birmingham family gang penned by Steve Knight and starring Cillian Murphy, was a ratings hit for BBC Two when it aired last autumn.

For a full list of all the RTS Award winners click here.

Drama Republic caps debut year with first commission for BBC One

New drama series Doctor Foster has been commissioned for 5×60-minute episodes for BBC One. Written by Mike Bartlett (pictured), award-winning British playwright, whose play Cock won the Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 and who has received critical acclaim for his theatre work and ITV’s The Town.

Doctor Jenny Foster is a woman in control: she is a respected GP, the heart of her village, a woman people can trust.  But Doctor Foster’s life is about to explode. When she suspects her husband has been having an affair, Doctor Foster is determined to find out the truth.

She throws herself into an investigation that will propel her, her family, and even some of her patients, into chaos.  Bit by bit, Doctor Foster uncovers secrets that shock her to the core. Now she has to choose how to react. One thing is certain – she is going to behave in ways she could never have imagined.

Mike Bartlett, writer and executive producer, says: “My ambition with Doctor Foster is to put an intelligent, empowered woman at the centre of the drama and give her a huge battle to overcome, both in her personal and professional life.    I am delighted to be working with Drama Republic and the BBC on this exciting drama that is truthful, complicated and thrilling.”

Matthew Read, BBC Executive Producer, says: “Mike Bartlett is an incredibly exciting writer and with Doctor Foster he has created a complex and compelling character who will keep audiences on the very edge of their seats.”

Roanna Benn, Joint-MD of Drama Republic and executive producer, says: “We are so happy to be working on a series with Mike Bartlett, whose writing we have admired for a long time.  What’s particularly exciting is to be making a drama about a relationship that has high stakes and jeopardy, and which also features a fantastic female lead. Her psychological and emotional journey is one we are totally gripped by.”

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. The executive producers are Roanna Benn, Greg Brenman and Jude Liknaitzky for Drama Republic and Matthew Read for the BBC.

My Mad Fat Diary Series 2 returns

‘My Mad Fat Diary’ series 2 has returned!  Episode One aired on Monday 17th February on E4 with great viewing figures.

Guardian: “Excellent, essential coming of age stuff” 

Guardian Guide: “Rooney’s warm and uninhibited performance remains one of television’s finest”

Daily Mail: “Funny, poignant and uncommonly authentic”

Here are some links to articles related to series 2:





Susy Liddell joins Drama Republic

Drama Republic are thrilled to announce that Susy Liddell, former Head of Production for BBC Drama Production has joined the team.

“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this exciting and dynamic new company. Working at a small indie has brought me full circle from where I started out and I can’t wait for the future challenges and successes that the company will enjoy.”

Joint MDs, Greg Brenman & Roanna Benn commented, “We are so pleased that Susy has joined our small team. Her expertise and experience is renowned within the industry and having her on board will further strengthen the company as we enter our next phase.”

Susy joins as Director of Production and will oversee all aspects of the company’s output and content.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart – Oscar Nomination, The Dark Knight, Secretary) is to play the titular role in Hugo Blick’s (The Shadow Line) eight part drama series The Honourable Woman for BBC Two and Sundance Channel.

The Honourable Woman is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop, written and directed by BAFTA award winning Hugo Blick. With his distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, Blick brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics.

Nessa Stein’s (Maggie Gyllenhaal) father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment as a life peer, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.

The Honourable Woman was commissioned by the Controller of BBC Drama Ben Stephenson with Controller of BBC Two Janice Hadlow and is the first project for new production company Drama Republic, alongside Hugo Blick’s Eight Rooks Productions and is co-produced by Sundance Channel. BBC worldwide holds international distribution rights. Jemma Adkins, SVP Scripted Sales and Co-Productions brokered the deal. The series is executive produced by Hugo Blick for Eight Rooks Productions, Greg Brenman for Drama Republic and Polly Hill for the BBC. Abi Bach (Small Island and Prisoners Wives) produces.

The Honourable Woman is set in the UK, the Middle East and America, and will film on location from mid July 2013, before being broadcast on BBC TWO and the Sundance Channel in July 2014.



Jude Liknaitzky joins Drama Republic

Drama Republic are delighted to announce the arrival of Jude Liknaitzky, former Head of Development at Tiger Aspect.

I am thrilled to be joining Greg and Roanna at Drama Republic.  It feels very exciting to be at the start of something new where we can continue to work closely with writers we know and love, as well as discovering new talent. I’m so looking forward to the journey ahead.”

Joint MD’s, Greg Brenman & Roanna Benn commented, “We are so pleased that Jude has decided to join us here at Drama Republic. We were massive fans of her work at Tiger Aspect and are thrilled that she is now part of our future.”

Jude will executive produce along with Roanna Benn, the second series of My Mad Fat Diary for E4.

New Indie, Drama Republic launches

Long-time colleagues, Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn leave Tiger Aspect to launch Drama Republic Ltd – a dedicated Drama Company.

At Tiger Aspect, Greg and Roanna were behind over 350 hours of television and helped create hit shows such as Ripper Street, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Prisoners’ Wives, Robin Hood, Teachers, Murphy’s Law, Bafta award winning White Girl, Omagh and the international film sensation Billy Elliot. Upcoming series are Prisoners’ Wives 2, Peaky Blinders and  E4’s highly publicised My Mad Fat Diary .

Now, through DRAMA REPUBLIC, Greg and Roanna will continue to specialise in popular television of the highest quality. They will also continue to executive produce Peaky Blinders and Prisoners’ Wives 2.

Brenman says: “At the heart of every successful show is a strong bond between writer and producer. Having been fortunate to work with some of the UK’s leading writers, we will ensure that creative partnerships become the foundation of Drama Republic.”

Benn says: “Our aim is to make DR an environment where creative people – writers, producers, directors, actors – can do their best work and get the support and reward they want and deserve.  Working with the commissioners from all channels our ambition is to make high-quality, distinctive, entertaining and gripping dramas that will reach the widest possible audience.”

DRAMA REPUBLIC has agreed a first-look distribution deal with BBC Worldwide.

Helen Jackson, Managing Director, Content & Production, BBC Worldwide says: “From Robin Hood to Ripper Street, Greg and his team have a tremendous knack in developing shows that have a lot of international appeal.  We couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead for Greg and Roanna’s Drama Republic”