Welcome to The Brit List 2020

For the first time, the list includes a mix of both TV and Feature Film scripts. Out of 246 script titles put forward, 14 received the minimum number of votes to make it on the list.

This year, a majority of scripts on The Brit List – 52% – are by female writers. More than ever before. This trend continues with 29% of our writers coming from diverse backgrounds.

With the support of our sponsors, The Brit List will this year offer these writers a programme of workshops and events to help them navigate the film and television industries both here in the UK and globally.

Visit the 2020 Event page to see all of the writers talking about their projects and writing process.

12 recommendations

THE JUDE PROBLEM by Amy Guyler (The Agency)

Producers: Headline Pictures

Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama

Summary: When her estranged mum goes missing, Jess is forced home to track her down – and is shocked to discover a nine-year-old half-brother (Jude) she never knew she had. But as she begins to spend more time with him, Jess soon realises that Jude is not like other children…

11 recommendations

THE PHILADELPHIA HOPE by Tumi Belo (Casarotto)

Producers: Available

Form: TV
Genre: Newsroom Drama

Summary: A drama following the crack team of journalists behind an African American newspaper in 1920s Philadelphia.

BAD MANOR by Elliot Warren (Independent Talent Group)

Producers: The Forge

Form: TV
Genre: Crime Thriller

Summary: The Dockers were once an infamous crime family, now they are struggling to get by. But the return of their youngest son from prison comes just in time to change their fortunes, as the family are plunged back into the depths of London’s criminal underworld.

9 recommendations

THE GENDER GAMES by Matthew Barry (The Agency)

Producers: SunnyMarch

Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama

Summary: Half hour comedy drama about sex and dating based on Juno Dawson’s memoir.

8 recommendations

TIVOLI by Ameir Brown (The Agency)

Producers: Available

Form: TV
Genre: Drama

Summary: When a bloody conflict erupts between a drug lord and the Jamaican state, the people of Tivoli Gardens find themselves caught in the crossfire as the War on Drugs hits Jamaica’s shores. Based on true events.

7 recommendations

WILDCARD by Youness Benali (Independent Talent Group)

Producers: Rooks Nest

Form: Feature Film
Genre: Drama

Summary: The searing true story of a promising young tennis player pushed to the brink by his father who will stop at nothing to win.

CARING by Matilda Ibini & Gabriel Bisset-Smith (Curtis Brown & Independent Talent Group)

Producers: Home Team Content and BBC Films

Form: Feature Film
Genre: Horror-comedy

Summary: A horror-comedy about a disabled woman who finally finds a good carer — only to discover the carer is a serial killer.

OPUS by Wunmi Ibironke (Independent Talent Group)

Producers: Available

Form: TV
Genre: Fantasy Drama

Summary: A dark coming of age comedy-drama based on Yoruba Mythology. After 19-year-old Lorraine’s painting opens a portal to a mystical realm, she and her friends have to navigate their newfound powers and battle the demons and mythological creatures that have been unleashed in their East London town.

LAST WEEK (previously Seven Days) by Alan McDonald (Dench Arnold)

Producers: Available

Form: TV
Genre: High-concept Relationship Drama

Summary: A hopeful, heartfelt relationship drama with a twist: in one week, a meteor will hit Earth and humanity is finished – we’re the dodo but with iPhones. In a small Scottish town, a few locals with nowhere else to go try to make peace with their personal demons before it’s too late… and rediscover the value of community in the process.

SKIN & BONE by Billy & Theo Mason Wood (Independent Talent Group)

Producers: Hattrick Productions

Form: TV
Genre: Thriller

Summary: A brilliant but struggling funeral director is forced to work for the Ukrainian Mafia harvesting bodies and selling them on the black market before it is her and her family lying on the embalming table.

6 recommendations

DANGEROUS APPRAISALS by Rosamund Attwood (Independent Talent Group)

Producers: Wall to Wall

Form: TV
Genre: Dark Comedy / Psychological Drama

Summary: The world’s most invasive Human Resources assistant allows her infatuation with a glamourous older colleague to escalate into a violent obsession, set to destroy the lives of both women.

MAMMY’S GIRL by Roanne Bardsley (Independent Talent Group)

Producers: Available

Form: TV
Genre: Drama

Summary: Struggling single mum Nia has big plans for her daughter, but when Carys makes a fatal mistake that will put her future in jeopardy, Nia’s forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her only child.

JAILTOWN by Cat Jones (42)

Producers: BBC Studios in Association with Lighthouse

Form: TV
Genre: Prison Thriller

Summary: A surreal thriller set in a prison. A sadistic wing boss has his reign threatened by his estranged brother’s return to the prison.

DELILAH MUST DIE by Bel Knight & Clare Hoey (Tavistock Wood)

Producers: Big Talk Productions

Form: TV
Genre: Comedy Drama

Summary: A lonely and intense working-class girl wins a bursary to an elite girls’ boarding school where she meets teen dream Delilah. She doesn’t know whether she wants to be Delilah or fuck her, but her killer crush metastasises into a lethal obsession.

Download The Brit List: Film and TV 2020 (PDF)

Thank you

This year’s list was announced on Monday 30th November 2020, online at 16:00 GMT. It was made possible by the following generous sponsors:

  • Our executive producer and headline partner: Red Arrow Studios in association with Kinetic Content
  • Our Co-Producers: Final Draft and Screen Skills
  • Our Associate Producers: Silver Reel and Film Distributors’ Association

The Brit List Successes

Over the last 12 years, 70 of the screenplays to have appeared on The Brit List have been produced.

That’s one in every four scripts to have ever appeared went on to be made.

Between them they have:

  • generated over $1.7 billion in worldwide box office
  • over 130 nominations for major awards
  • garnered 6 Oscar, 16 BAFTA and 5 Golden Globe wins.

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We’re delighted to see @catclarkewriter (@dencharnold_agency) is amongst the writers on the remake of the popular French Netflix series, “CALL MY AGENT”. The show follows the employees of a Talent Agency who struggle to keep the business afloat after the founder dies suddenly.⁠⁠
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Cat wrote the 2019 Brit List script “NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN”, which garnered 4 recommendations.⁠⁠
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The Brit List 2020 met with BBC commissioners, Manda Levin and Ben Irving, who talked about what the BBC is looking for in drama. A big thank you to both of them for a very informative session.⁠⁠
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We’re thrilled to see @roanneba (@itg_ltd) is in the writers room for Sky Studio’s “THE RISING”, coming 2022. This supernatural crime thriller will tell the story of a woman who discovers she has been murdered, and her search to find out why. It will star Clara Rugaard and Nenda Neururer.⁠⁠
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Roanne wrote the 2020 Brit List script “MAMMY’S GIRL”, which garnered 6 recommendations.⁠⁠
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We’re excited to see that @tomstourton and #TomPalmer ‘s (@itg_ltd) film, “ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME”, will premiere at @Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows Pete, as he anxiously prepares to propose to his girlfriend during a college-reunion weekend away.

The script won 4 recommendations on The Brit List 2018.

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The Brit List 2018’s script by @CorinnaFaith premiered exclusively on @shudder this month. 

The TV series follows a young nurse, Val, on her first night shift in a crumbling hospital during the 1974 mining strike blackouts. @Robertjwatson @wilkinframes 

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We’d like to say a big thank you to Chris Lunt and Michael A Walker for holding a session with our #TheBritList2020 writers on The Pitching Process.

Chris is a two time BAFTA and RTS nominated screenwriter. His ITV series “Prey” was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. Michael is a winner and nominee of over 15 awards for his produced work, including “Collision”, “Primeval” and “Beowulf”.

They set up as a writing partnership in 2018, and since have co-written productions for Sky Atlantic, Netflix and Legendary Pictures.

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A huge thank you to Melissa Myers @meljoimyers for leading a session with our #TheBritList2020 writers.

Melissa is the President of our headline sponsor @kineticcontent and former WME agent and spoke to us about the current landscape of film and TV in LA.

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We’d like to thank our headline sponsor of #TheBritList2020. Carlo Dusi, Sarah Walker and Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia from @redarrowstudiosint, led a session on the process of seeing a script from development, production and selling it to the market.

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We’d like to say a big thank you to Jude Spencer, the founder of @dollymentalhealth, who led a session on mental wellbeing for this year’s Brit List writers.

Jude has over a decade of experience in the TV and Film industry, so is incredibly aware of the fast paced and pressured nature of the industry.

DOLLY aims to improve mental health awareness in the industry and empower individuals and companies to support their own and each other's mental health better.

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We are thrilled to see #TheBritList2020 writer Amy Guyler, who received 12 recommendations for her script “The Jude Problem”, has been named a “rising TV scribe to watch out for in 2021” in a feature by @deadline 🎬

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