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Recent Work

It has been a busy time this summer.

I started prepping and filming on The Split which is a brand new six part series for the BBC and Sundance TV, written by Abbi Morgan and directed by Jess Hobbs, produced by Sister Picture, headed by Jane Featherstone. I am still in the process of intense design on this which is filming in Central London.

It has now been made public that I will be designing the new series of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor. It’s enormously encouraging that the interest in this is huge. All I can say on this subject is that I cannot talk about anything (including The Split) while I am in production or in pre-production. I can say I’m going to be working on them but my policy doesn’t change that I will only talk about any project when it’s broadcast and then only with permisssion from the broadcaster.
I will not be talking about any Who costumes for some time to come and I’m sure all those amazing fans will appreciate that I have to be discreet and protective of any projects, designs or story lines that I work on. Be patient and you will be rewarded.

In other news, Broadchurch is being broadcast in America to great reviews I’m so proud of that trilogy. Proud also of being able to return to design Who with Chris Chibnall at the helm.

So, have faith, be patient, the BBC will let you know what you need to know about both my recent shows when the time is right.

Also, in the meantime, watch out for Liar, which will be broadcast on ITV and Sundance TV some-time this [...]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

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Thursday.
Come along if you can.

By |April 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

Broadchurch is over

So. This evening ITV are showing the final episode of Broadchurch, there will be no more. It’s the conclusion to this series’ crime with its many twists and turns and heartbreaking scenes.
In the longer story of Broadchurch there will be closure on the story of The Latimer, many are bored with this story, but the aim was to show the long term effect on a family whose child was murdered. Rather than simply find the killer, throw him in prison and never explore the repercussions, we chose to explore them, show how it affects a family.
How many families stay together undamaged after something like that?

The costumes on Broadchurch are not there to show the grand talent of the costume designer. They are scruffy, real. They don’t conform and they have problems in the same way the people who wear them do. They are not neat, they don’t reference anything else but the thing they do is show you the emotional references for each character. Hardy’s suits and ties are so scruffy, he simply doesn’t care about the way he looks. Ellie’s clothes show that she’s from the town, they are not city slick, they reference the environment she grew up in. Even down to her walking boots and cagoule.
It’s not about showing me off, it’s about believing the characters no matter how old and dishevelled and misfitting their clothes are. It’s about life continuing in all its colourful Britishness despite the crimes. The crimes don’t mean they all suddenly wear grey, life goes on no matter what even though the community is rocked occasionally.

So in conclusion, it’s been an emotional 5 years, I know each character inside out and [...]

By |April 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

The Split. Variety.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/variety.com/2017/tv/news/sundance-tv-abi-morgan-the-split-bbc-1201960036/amp/

By |April 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

The next 15 months.

The deal is done for The Split. It’s a new six part series written by Abbi Morgan. Directed by Jess Hobbs, produced by Lucy Dyke and the executive producer is Jane Featherstone. Great scripts. Made by Sister Pictures for BBC1. All favourite people.
The Split will film between June and October but I will start preparing in May and am researching now. So I’m having a small break before the next load of work starts. Time to rest and research.
I go from The Split onto another project which I will talk about in a couple of months time. It’s all go.

By |March 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

500 Reasons

Hey good people,

My friend Joe Sims is launching a really lovely scheme where 500 people give £1 a week and EVERY WEEK they use the £500 towards a good cause of our choice.

I am one of the administrators of this scheme and can add you to the page if you would like to join.

If you sign up to give your £1, you are able to nominate who the £500 might go to, so you can help support causes that are important to you. The causes can be anything from an individual in need to a charity or an organisation and they roll over each week.

If you want to get involved, please just send me a message and I will get in touch via direct message with the details on how to set up your direct debit and invite you to the group where you can hear about the weekly good causes.

Hurry because the first week is next week. Lets do something good and nice once a week.
Please help if you can.

Ray.

By |February 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

Broadchurch 3

ITV1, Monday February 27th. Enjoy if you can.

By |February 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

The Split

From BAFTA and Primetime Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan (River, Suffragette, The Hour) and BAFTA winning executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, River, Humans) comes The Split, a new original drama series for BBC ONE produced by Sister Pictures.

The Split examines the fast paced circuit of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters – Hannah, Nina and the youngest, Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, whilst Rose is still searching for her place in life.

Creator and writer Abi Morgan said: “As Robin Williams once said ‘Divorce is expensive…Like ripping your heart out through your wallet.’ The Split exposes the complex realities of high end divorce and broken marriage through female divorce lawyers and sisters embattled and bound by their own troubled past. I am delighted to be working with the aptly named Sister Pictures, continuing the creative partnership Jane Featherstone and I built together on Tsunami, The Hour and River. I can’t think of a better home for it than with Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer and am delighted to bring this lively and unseen world to the BBC.”

The Split is set in London, the divorce capital of the world, where competition for clients is fierce. Over the course of the series personal and professional lives intertwine as we encounter a surprising array of cases, scandalous affairs and big figure settlements in a drama that examines the very fabric of 21st century marriage, the meaning of commitment and the nature of the ever-changing idea of family.

Jane Featherstone, Executive Producer and Founder of Sister Pictures, said: “I couldn’t be happier that Sister Pictures’ first green-light is a fabulous Abi Morgan series [...]

By |February 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

My Design Decisions

In 2012, 2 years after I designed the first series of Doctor Who featuring Matt Smith I was asked to design a new series called Broadchurch starring David Tennent and Olivia Colman, it was hard to make, emotional and I was completely involved with all the characters.  It was a huge hit, we didn’t know it would be, but I had also said that I would do three series, the trilogy that Chris Chibnall had in his head.

In the meantime, I had been making what I would call my social conscience drama. Things like, Silk, Law and Order and Code of a Killer. These dramas deal with controversial things like gang rape, racism, misogyny, false arrest and miscarriages of justice, they deal with human things and reflect the society we live in. I love that.

I also kept my hand in with Wizards Vs Aliens, so a little bit of fantasy with green screen and adventurous characters and then returning to do the 10th series of Doctor Who with Peter. I loved every minute of that series and intended to go back and make another series. Straight after the Who Festival I started designing Apple Tree Yard which was another one of my social conscience pieces but this one was based on a best selling novel, I loved it and I felt like I had the best of both worlds.

Then we realised that the dates for Doctor Who and the final instalment of Broadchurch were going to collide. I had to make a big decision and that decision wasn’t the obvious one. I had to go back to 2012 and remember the vow I made to see the Broadchurch trilogy through and the decision was [...]

By |December 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

The end of Broadchurch

So, we have finished the filming and apart from a few marketing photos, that’s it. The end of the story. The end of the Broadchurch family.

It was the most intense three series, sad, joyful, complicated, mysterious and thoughtful. A little slice of British coastal life. It was a joy and pleasure to work on and a privilege to be able to say I did the whole thing from the start to the end.

I turned down so many other great things in order to complete the story. I’m glad I stuck to my word.

I hope you all enjoy the final series when it broadcasts in 2017. It’s brilliant .

 

And now onto Liar…….brilliant scripts……..

 

 

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|