Monday, 15 January 2007

On the Small Screen

Leopardrama has been commissioned to dramatise Andy McNab's stunning action thriller The Grey Man.

Starring Olivia Colman (That Mitchell & Webb Look, Green Wing), Daisy Donovan (Daisy Does America), Billy Murray (EastEnders) and Daniel Ryan (The Government Inspector) and directed by Declan O'Dwyer (Robin Hood) it tells the story of a man driven to an extreme course of action as he attempts to escape the humdrum of his respectable but boring life.

The Grey Man was originally a Quick Read written by McNab as part of the BBC's RAW (Reading and Writing Campaign) and will be shown on World Book Day, 1 March 2007.

Quick Reads was launched on World Book Day, 2 March 2006, with the aim of reaching out to the millions of adults in the UK with reading difficulties and the one-third of the British population that never picks up a book. They are specially written, many of them by best-selling authors and popular personalities, for both reluctant readers and for avid readers wanting a short, fast-paced read.

Coming Spring 2007 BBC 2


Viewers are transported back to Seventies London, the age of the supergrass – and the men who "ran" them – in this feature-length docu-drama.

With insight from real-life major players, Supergrass illuminates a world that seems a million miles away, yet is in fact near history.

It explores the grey area that existed between the underworld and Scotland Yard, where supergrasses were the only way to crack the gangs who were causing havoc in Sweeney London.

From 1972, through its heyday years, to the chaos that ensued when the system fell foul of different agendas, Supergrass tells the stories of dramatic crimes and outrageous criminals.

It features figures such as Bertie Smalls and Maurice O'Maloney, as well as the detectives who "ran" the grasses, such as Tony Lundy – the supergrass master who kept grasses under control but was always under suspicion of having a too cosy relationship with the villains.

Supergrass is the story of policing at a time when rules were sketchy and frequently broken.

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