Cops and Monsters: Uprising is officially in pre-production!
After holding an open call for writers to send us their spec scripts via the BBC’s Writers Room and our own official website last year, we received over 300 scripts. We eventually shortlisted 10 fantastic writers and asked Philip Lawrence to pen an episode, while Shannon Eden was chosen to be our Assistant Script Editor.
With the selection made, we can now officially announce the writing team for Series 2!
Fraser Coull, Laura A Anderson and James T Harding return from series 1, joining them will be Philip Lawrence, Simon Underwood and Debbie Moon!
“Wolfblood” creator and writer Debbie Moon has joined the writers room and will be penning the first episode of “Uprising”.
Debbie’s work includes writing episodes of BBC Wales’ “Hinterland” and horror anthology webseries “Twisted Showcase” as well as over 18 episodes of her own show, “Wolfblood” for CBBC.
Debbie had this to say when we asked her how she felt about joining Cops and Monsters series 2:
“British sci-fi and fantasy is among the most imaginative and exciting in the world – yet we make very little original fantasy for the small screen. That’s why shows like Cops and Monsters are so important, and why I’m so excited to be writing an episode for season two. It’s a show with so much potential, combining genre stories and familiar monsters with exciting characters and moral dilemmas. And the urban Scottish setting sets it apart from London-centric dramas, and even rural fantasy like Wolfblood or In The Flesh. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to work with this passionate, talented team, bringing the world of PITS to life!”
James T. Harding was the script editor for series one and wrote the episode ‘Revolution in a Teacup’. His previous writing credits include two episodes of Cupid of the Clyde (Subcity Radio, 2014), The Secret (short film, 2012) and six episodes of Staircase 22 (Cherwell, 2011). He has an MA in Television Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University and is the Features Editor of Broadway Baby.
“When we put out the call for writers we were snowed under with scripts. It’s deeply flattering that so many talented people want to work with us, and it was brilliant to connect with people with enthusiasm for genre television from all over the world. I am so looking forward to working with the great writers who are joining the team today, and confidently expect them to produce the best episodes of Cops and Monsters yet.”
Philip Lawrence has contributed several stories to Big Finish’s Doctor Who audios range and had several plays performed on the London Fringe. Recently he won the C21 Drama Script competition and has had TV series in development but this marks his first proper screenwriting credit. He’s a big genre fan with Doctor Who, Star Trek, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The X-Files among his favourites.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be delving into the rich tapestry of Cops And Monsters. Series one gave us a glimpse of a unique world of supernatural creatures all struggling to get on. For series two I’m looking forward to digging deeper, exploring the humanity in the monsters and vice versa!”
Laura Anne Anderson is a Scottish writer for the page and screen. She has a Masters in Screenwriting from Screen Academy Scotland. Her screenwriting includes co-writing feature ‘I Am Anna’, episode ‘Fight the Bite’ of Cops and Monsters, the short films ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ and ‘We All Fall Down’, sketches for BAFTA award winning series 3 of CBBC show OOglies, and a feature film currently in development. She won a place on Talent Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 with her feature screenplay ‘The Hen Do’.
Laura is also an actor for the stage and screen, a journalist, and a writer of games and stories. She won a coveted place at Story Shop 2016 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, was selected for Echoes of the City 2017, and is working on her first novel.
After several years of writing spec scripts focusing mainly on genre such as thrillers and sci-fi, Simon Underwood found himself lucky enough to be hired to write an episode for series five of CBBC’s acclaimed series WOLFBLOOD, and still can’t quite believe it. He’s now working on more spec pilots, and new feature work, including the only script you’ll ever see that combines pantomimes with an action movie. Simon is delighted to have been asked to join the Cops And Monsters writing team:
“I love contemporary takes on classic horror ideas, and the first series of C&M had a lovely evolving mythology about the new Scotland we find ourselves in, and a down-to-earth, humorous-but-serious style which grew more irresistible as the episodes went on. It was also full of rich characters I’m itching to write for, and brilliantly also had some great LGBTQ rep I’m hoping we’ll be able to add too as well. C&M: Uprising is full of potential for drama and fun, and I can’t wait to get writing.“
Fraser Coull is the show’s creator, who wrote several episodes of series 1 while acting as director and one of the producers alongside Lindsay Dowell. Fraser came up with the idea of Cops and Monsters back in 2014 while attending a Comic Con event in Glasgow. Disheartened to once again see that there were no sci-fi or supernatural shows from Scotland being represented, and with a little encouragement from a supporter of Fraser’s previous work, Fraser got to thinking what his next project could be, and so Cops and Monsters came to be.
“Scotland is so full of talent, energy and passion that I’m still, to this day, surprised that the likes of BBC Scotland or STV haven’t listened to a large portion of their audience and given us a sci-fi show to be proud of. Wales have given us Doctor Who and Torchwood, BBC 3 have given us In the Flesh, The Fades and Being Human (but to name a few) and in America you’ve got Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightening, DareDevil, The Gifted… just to name a few. We are creating Cops and Monsters from the ground up. Fuelled by our loyal fans on Twitter and Facebook, we managed to raise £15,000 to make our 8 episodes from 2015 to 2017. Now I have set us this near-impossible task of first of all raising £1500 to pay these incredible writers to come up with new incredible stories set in the Cops and Monsters universe, and then the even more impossible task of raising £30,000 so we can afford cast and crew (and locations, makeup, costumes, props, music, visual effects and more!) for 18 days. Let’s see if we can do it!”
Also joining us as Assistant Script Editor is Shannon Eden. Shannon is, officially, an editorial associate in legal publishing. She is also a fiction- and screen-writer with a thirst for pop culture references and diverse representation. Her television pilot, Queeries, was shortlisted for the BBC’s Drama Script Room 2015, and she is currently enrolled in Penguin Random House’s WriteNow 2017 mentoring programme with the aim of developing her manuscript, Jellyfish in the Sky, for publication. Shannon lives in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.
“My newest creative venture is acting as Assistant Script Editor for Cops and Monsters. Having grown up devouring Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’m excited to dive into the twist-ridden world of the PITS and SPIDERS, vampires and werewolves, zombies and… domesticated zombies? Cops and Monsters is terrific fun in my favourite way: gritty drama underpinned by rich and complex characters, with a healthy dose of political commentary. I loves stories that play with the idea of morality, of good and evil and the blurred line between them, and I’m thrilled to be part of a series that walks that line with astounding precision.“
From February 1st 2018 we’ll be running a Kickstarter for £1500 in order to pay our writers, commission brand new opening and closing titles as well as creating concept banners and posters to help us with stage 2 of our pre-production. If you’d like to help us or find out more, please click this link.
In the meantime be sure to head over to Amazon Prime to catch up on series 1!