James Coleman

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James is a writer for television drama, with a passion for telling crime/mystery/investigative stories. He is currently writing for hit BBC1 crime-mystery-drama Death in Paradise for Red Planet Pictures, having previously written for police-procedural series London Kills for the BBC/Acorn. James is currently developing his original crime drama series Legacy (Carnival Films) for which BBC1 have commissioned a pilot script, as well as original drama projects with Longboat Pictures and Lime Pictures. Alongside this, James has also written over 150 episodes for Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, including four episodes that were BAFTA-nominated.

Television credits (broadcast)
Death in Paradise – Series 14 Red Planet Pictures / BBC1 Drama
Writer for the popular mystery-drama set in the Caribbean (2023/24)
2 x 60′ episodes
Death in Paradise – Series 13 Red Planet Pictures / BBC1 Drama
Writer for the popular mystery-drama (2022/23)
1 x 60′ episode
London Kills – Series 4 PGMTV / BBC1 Drama / Acorn TV
Writer for the crime drama series (2021)
1 x 60′ episode
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
Original television series (in active development)
Legacy Carnival Film & Television / BBC1 Drama
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)