British list 2022 scripts revealed

By | November 15, 2022

British production companies such as Left Bank, Carnival Pictures and Eleven Films have signed up a number of new scripted projects that make up the annual Brit List. This year, only 5 out of 19 scripts still haven’t attached a production company.

The UK forum for emerging British screenwriting talent and their unproduced scripts has unveiled its 2022 line-up in its first in-person gathering since 2019.

The Brit List was established in 2007 to find writing talent from the UK that would otherwise go unnoticed. It has built a reputation as the country’s leading showcase for emerging British sounds. The list is compiled from recommendations from British production companies, talent agencies, sales companies, financiers, distributors and broadcasters.

Scripts require a minimum of 6 recommendations to include. This year’s list has a total of 19 scripts, almost half by female writers. This year, more than 40% of writers are from diverse or under-represented communities – the highest level for diversity in Britain’s list to date.

Alexandra Arlango, founder and director of BritList, said: “I’m delighted to announce that more companies than ever have taken part for 2022, with 22 writers across 19 scripts making the list. Also, this year, The Brit List features the highest number of writers from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented voices – more than 40 per cent.

“The British List is committed to supporting the writing talent of British writers of all backgrounds, and in the way it is compiled it acts as a mirror to the UK industry,” continued Arlango. “I’m proud of our industry this year, and I look forward to many years to come.”

Since 2019, Britlist has run the Britlist Writers Programme, a series of workshops and events designed to help writers explore the film and TV industries in the UK and internationally. In addition, the web program saw British Listwriters meet top producers, shows and buyers from the UK and US, including Disney, Amazon, BBC, ITV and Netflix.

The British listing is supported by headline partner Kinetic Content Scripted. Audible has joined as a new sponsor, joining the Film Distributors Association and ScreenSkills.

This year’s Brit list is as follows:

17 recommendations

“Model Behavior” by Issy Knowles (Curtis Brown)
Producers: Carnival Films
Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama
Synopsis: An ambitious young model puts everything on the line to achieve her dream of making it big, but finds out too late that success isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After facing the best and worst in the industry, she must choose to live a lie in the spotlight or take back everything she’s ever known.

15 recommendations

“The Hoax” by Sam Spink and Matthias Mella (Curtis Brown)
Manufacturers: Hat Trick Mercurio
Form: TV
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A 4-part drama inspired by the true story of a lone Paris ambulance driver who reveals his heroic involvement in the 2015 Bataclan attack and how a massive lie is unraveled.

13 recommendations

“Loco Parentis” by Matthew Jacobs Morgan (The Agency)
Producers: Joy Productions
Form: character
Genre: Black Comedy
Synopsis: A black comedy set in the mid-30s, as he struggles with what family means and desperately wants to find his own role in life, especially when he falls in love with white mothers and a baby boy.

“Someone Like Me” by Richard Wood (Curtis Brown)
Producers: Left Bank Pictures
Form: TV
Genre: Based SciFi
Synopsis: In this ground-breaking sci-fi pilot, a small coastal community experiences supernatural activity when a mysterious stranger comes to town.

12 recommendations

“Without You” by Sharmila Chauhan (Dench Arnold)
Editors: Available.
Form: character
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: In the face of her mother’s death, Shiv reveals the secret of his family’s adoption. Motherhood and sisterly love throw her own ideals into question, forcing her to confront her past and whether she has given enough to the people she loves.

“Two Become One” by Isaac Tomisek (The Agency)
Producers: Joy Productions
Form: character
Genre: Coming-of-age comedy
Synopsis: A bright and moving period-comedy drama that captures the spirit of ‘Cool Britain’, following two sisters’ attempts to attend The Spice Girls’ rumored final concert. Escaping their busy family life and small town to London, they embark on an adventurous search for scenery, words and conflict set to a soundtrack of 90s Britpop classics.

11 recommendations

“Night Shifts” by Tom Clapham (Independent Talent Group)
Editors: Available.
Form: TV
Genre: Surreal Comedy Drama
Synopsis: Joe and Gemma, two strangers, have their lives on hold when a secret relationship develops between them during their sleep. Night Shifts is a comedy about universal danger like no other.

9 recommendations

“If It Was Different, It Wouldn’t Be Like This” by Ava Pickett (Curtis Brown)
Editors: Available.
Form: TV
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: After an incident at a birthday party, best friends Olive, Sorcha and Pamela get a taste of justice, creating a series of dangerous events for the boys and girls of a small Essex town.

“Stamford Hill” by Ivan Plessy (The Agency)
Producers: Tall Story Pictures
Form: TV
Genre: Modern Crime Thriller
Synopsis: Detective Inspector Yael Rosen must return to the Hasidic Jewish community and family she left 20 years ago to investigate the murder of a young man in Stamford Hill.

8 recommendations

“Self” by Rose Lewenstein (Lark Management)
Producers: Kudos
Form: TV
Genre: Drama Comedy
Synopsis: At age 30, Eve reflects on her life and how things aren’t going the way she thought they would. Fleeing from the memories of her teenage trauma, Eve realizes she can see and relate to her 15-year-old self.

“Anonymous” by Danny McNamara and Lauren McNamara (Casaroto)
Producers: Eleven Films
Form: TV
Genre: Crime Thriller
Summary: William Clark doesn’t know how he ran for his life in the middle of the night or why a seemingly normal family would try to kill him on the street. He also doesn’t know why there is an anonymous group of hoodlums who commit increasingly large-scale crimes. “Nameless” is a gripping crime thriller set in West Yorkshire, where the vast and mythical moors collide with the urban dystopia of Halifax.

“Love at Second Sight” by Zina Wegrzynski (Casaroto)
Producers: Eleven Films
Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama
Synopsis: A teenage psychic may be able to see the future – but her anxiety means she can’t always believe what she sees. Now she has to figure out what she wants to do with her life, juggling school and a new love interest, Theo, something she didn’t see coming.

7 recommendations

“Wonderland” by Juno Dawson (Mulcahy Sweeney Associates Ltd)
Producers: The Lighthouse Film and Television
Form: TV
Genre: YA Drama
Synopsis: Based on Juno Dawson’s best-selling novels, “Innocent,” “Meat Market” and “Wonderland.” A twisted urban tale in which three seemingly unrelated teenage girls are thrown together following the death of a socialite.

“Ruins” by Matt Hartley (United Agents)
Producers: Clerkenwell Films
Form: TV
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: The world of a small Devonshire fishing community is turned upside down when a mysterious boat is found floating on the sea. A character-driven thriller that shines a light on the world tourists don’t see in remote villages and the people who live there struggle to survive.

6 recommendations

“The Rat Circus” by Jody Ashdown (Berlin Associates)
Producers: Boom
Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama
Synopsis: A darkly comedic mystery drama about a 60s hotel worker with a love of taxidermy looking for a Hollywood romance. Only her boring husband stands in her way.

“Long Lost” by Abby Hynes (Independent Talent Agency)
Producers: SunnyMarch
Form: TV
Genre: Drama Crime Thriller
Synopsis: Radio presenter Anna was interviewed by her sister Sophie, whose mother was selling the body of their tyrannical father, who killed them when they were teenagers and who was still hiding inside their childhood home.

“Paradise” by Liv Little (Lark Management)
Editors: Available.
Form: TV
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: “Paradise” is “Search Party” meets Lena White’s “Twenties”: a provocative, twisted LGTBQ+ thriller about safety conspiracy theories, growing pains in the twenties, and what it means to feel and look safe in a queer UK. Man, it’s all a bit of knife-edge fun thrown in for good measure.

“Dad Joke” by Joshua Robertson and David Abramski (The Golton Agency and Unrepresented)
Producers: Eleven Films in association with Bluebird Films
Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama
Synopsis: When Joshua, a disabled stand-up comedian, learns that his fiancee Jane is pregnant, he prepares to take his life on stage to ‘make it’ before he finally becomes a father. But when he throws everything away in pursuit of fame, he risks losing his family.

“Kate’s Release” by Will Truffitt (Curtis Brown)
Editors: Available.
Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Thriller
Synopsis: When a downtrodden personal assistant witnesses the murder of her arsehole film director boss, she must do whatever it takes to survive. Unfortunately, her biggest obstacle may be her longtime boyfriend, who she’s about to dump, who is now desperate to run away with her.

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