James Coleman

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James is a writer for television drama with original commissions from the BBC, ITV, Carnival Films, Fremantle, Hat Trick Drama, Lime Pictures, Projector Pictures and 42. James is currently writing for crime drama series London Kills alongside his role on the core writing team on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, where he has been responsible for over an astonishing 150 episodes, including four that were BAFTA-nominated. He is also developing an original crime drama series Legacy for Carnival Films and BBC1, as well as projects with Longboat Pictures and Lime Pictures.


Television credits (broadcast)
London Kills Writer for the crime drama series (2021)
Hollyoaks Lime Pictures/Channel 4
Core writer for the popular Channel 4 teen soap
150+ episodes commissioned (2012-present)
Hollyoaks Later Lime Pictures/E4
60-minute episode for the late-night spin-off series (2013)
Original television series (in active development)
Legacy Carnival Film & Television / BBC One
Original crime drama series
Exec Prod: Nigel Marchant
(Pilot script commissioned)
Reconstruction Longboat Pictures
Original psychological-thriller series
Exec Prod: Victoria Fea
(Under option)
Punch Lime Pictures
Original crime-drama series
Exec Prod: Kate Little & Claire Poyser
(Treatment commissioned)
Original television series (previously in development)
Closure Noho Film & TV
(Option for original treatment)
Map of Murder Newman Street
Original returning murder mystery drama series
Co-created with Paul Marquess
(Pilot script commissioned)
 Noble Lime Pictures / ITV1
Original returning legal-drama series set in Liverpool
(Pilot script commissioned)
Mind Games BBC Studios
Original crime drama serial
(Pilot script commissioned)
Killers Hat Trick Drama
Returning original crime drama series
(Treatment commissioned)
Headstrong 42
Original police action-drama series
Heidelberg’s Brain Lime Pictures
60’ episode for the psychological thriller – created by Paul Gerstenberger and Rebecca Hodsgon
(In development)
Lockdown Lime Pictures
Original young-adult drama series
From Way Back Bentley Productions
Political-thriller series
Recruits BBC Drama
Drama series dealing with the HD reality of becoming a young London copper
Clean Up Projector Pictures
Buddy cop drama centred on a unique and unexpected partnership
Fear or Favour Sprout Pictures
Period crime detective drama set in London 1948
Geek Squad LA Productions
Action-comedy-drama series
Rougham Justice Sprout Pictures
Crime comedy-drama about an oddball neighbourhood watch group
Premeditated World Productions
Contemporary crime drama
Co-written with Campbell Glennie and Alex Michaelides
Dates Screenplay Productions
Sitcom chronicling a couple’s relationship through crucial dates: one per episode, in (almost) real time
Brave New World Channel X
Comedy about a group of housemates negotiating the obstacle course that is modern gay life
The Other Side The Comedy Unit
Comedy about a pompous thirty-something who discovers his life is actually a low-brow sitcom. Co-written with Campbell Glennie
Professional Training
The Writers’ Lab 12-month course run by Abbott Vision and Bolton University, which involved residencies at Paul Abbott’s Writers’ Studio and the Arvon Foundation (2011)