Please go to the area you are interested in. Samples of work, including video are, or will be, attached to individual titles.

Current Writing

Breathless

6 x 1 hour. Produced for ITV. Paul wrote four of the six scripts, storylined the series and directed the first film. It was made by ITV Studios in association with SO FAR PRODUCTIONS. It was co-created with Peter Grimsdale. The Executive Producers were Kate Bartlett and Paul. The Head of Development was Julia Walsh and it was script-edited by Camilla Curtis.

BREATHLESS is set in 1961 and is about gynaecologists working in both the NHS and private practice. It is a drama about a group of women and men in the world just before the pill and abortion was legalised.

Breathless first aired on ITV in Autumn 2013 and will air in the US in 2014. Buy the box set…

Click here to see the initial ITV press release (April 2013).

Click here for the official announcement of the new cast members (April 2013), including Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Oliver Chris, Zoe Boyle, Joanna Page, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman, Sarah Parish, Pippa Haywood and Iain Glen.

 

Berlin

5 x 60 minutes.
An ambitious TV series set against the Cold War. The story moves from the occupied, post-war world of THE THIRD MAN and ends in the present with a murder investigation. It is a thriller with espionage and spying at its heart but BERLIN is also emotional, human and about lives caught up in great events. It is a drama about the making of the modern world but most importantly it is the story of a group of characters and – starting from a simple premise – shows how one act of humanity in the hell of ruined Berlin in 1945 changes a man’s life forever. It is about how that act has repercussions over sixty years later and how lives were consumed in a war that never had a battlefield, or a trench…
Company Pictures. George Faber, Charlie Pattinson and Willow Grylls.

 

The Blue Room

Simenon_novel_the_blue_roomBased on a novel by George Simenon.
This is a major adaptation of one of Simenon’s most acclaimed novels. The adaptation sets the story in 1964 in New Mexico.

THE BLUE ROOM is the story of a very sexual and dangerous illicit relationship and one man’s struggle to resolve his guilt.

 

Rep: Michael Foster, The Rights House & Jane Villiers, Sayle Screen.

 

 

 

Razor

Company Pictures/BBC TV Commission. Commissioned by George Faber, Polly Hill. Script consultant: Tony Fuller (ex-Met).

RAZOR (AKA PROOF OF LIFE) is a cutting-edge drama about the relationship between the police, media and politicians.

 

Man Utd

TV series set in a forward operating base in Afghanistan in 1998. It is about the relationships men develop with each other, and the lives they have left behind, in modern war.

Recent Directing

Combat Hospital

ABC/Global co-production. With Elias Koteas, Luke Mably, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Chen, Arnold Pinnock, Adam Beach, Gordon Kennedy.





 

Shameless

Written by Paul Abbott, Tom Higgins and Kevin Erlis.
Company Picture/Channel 4
With David Threlfall, Sally Carman, Tina Malone.


Film

Elijah

Written by Blake Corbett
Anagram Pictures/CTV TV
With Billy Merasty, Glen Gould.
The story of ELIJAH HARPER, the indigenous leader, ELIJAH is a political comedy.

ELIJAH won the 2008 Leo Award for Best Feature Length Drama.
ELIJAH won the 2009 Gemini Award for Best TV Movie.


 

The American

Written by Michael Hastings from the novel by Henry James
BBC Films/WGBH Boston
With Diana Rigg, Matthew Modine, Brenda Fricker, Andrew Scott, Aisling O’Sullivan
Director of photography: Tony Miller
Editor: Kate Evans

 

Syrup

Short written by Nick Vivian
Channel 4/First Choice Films
With Bill Thomas, Annette Badland
Editor: Chris Blunden
Music by Andy Sheppard and Steve Lodder

SYRUP was nominated for an Acadamy Award (Oscar)
SYRUP won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
SYRUP won the Best Short Film at the Valladolid
SYRUP won the Amnesty International Film of the Year Award
SYRUP was nominated for a BAFTA

Television

Casualty

Co-created with Jeremy Brock, wrote many early episodes.
BBC TV.
CASUALTY was 25 years old in 2011 and is the world’s longest running medical drama.
CASUALTY won a BAFTA in 2007.
CASUALTY won an RTS in 1992.

HOLBY CITY and HOLBY BLUE are spin-offs from the original CASUALTY format.

Casualty was the subject of Rachel Silver’s book Casualty: Behind the Scenes and Hilary Kingsley’s book Casualty: the Inside Story.

Wikipedia article on the series here.



Television Directing

Kiss of Death

Written by Barbara Machin
BBC Single, produced by Jane Steventon
With Danny Dyer, Louise Lombard, Lyndsey Marshall, Ashen Bhatti, Shaun Parkes, Brian McCardie
Director of photography Edu Grau
Music by Dan Pemberton
Edited by Jon Costelloe

 

Miss Marple

THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY

Written by Stephen Churchett after Agatha Christie
ITV/Mammoth produced by Matthew Read
With Carey Mulligan, Timothy Dalton, Mel Smith, Geraldine McEwan, Laurence Fox, James Wilbey, Zoe Telford, Matthew Kelly
Director of photography: Nick Knowland
Edited by Jon Costelloe


 

Messiah

THE HARROWING – THREE-PART THRILLER

Written by Tony Cafolla
BBC/PARAMOUNT
Produced by Peter Norris, Kate Triggs, Robert Cooper.
With Ken Stott, Maxine Peake, Neil Dudgeon, Helen McRory, Kate Lynn-Evans, Hugo Speer, Margot Leicester, Bill Thomas
Director of photography: Daf Hobson
Edited by Jon Costelloe
Music by John Harle




 

The Blue Eiderdown

TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION

ITV/ LAPLANTE

Written by Lynda La Plante
Produced by Christopher Clough, Liz Thorburn
With David Hayman, Dorian Lough, Gemma Jones, Nick Farrell, Colin Salmon, Frances Barber.
Director of photography: Daf Hobson
Edited by Iain Sutherland

 

Poirot

FIVE LITTLE PIGS

Written by Kevin Elyot after Agatha Christie
ITV/A&E
Produced by Margeret Mitchell
With David Suchet, Rachael Stirling, Toby Stephens, Marc Warren, Julie Cox, Talulah Riley, Lottie Unwin, Gemma Jones, Aiden Gillen

Director of photography: Martin Fuhrer

FIVE LITTLE PIGS was rebranded POIROT.


 

NCS

Written by Malcolm Mackay
BBC Films
Produced by Sue Austin
With David Suchet, Samantha Bond, Michael Fassbender, Melanie Hill, Marc Warren, Alan Howard

 

Silent Witness

FAITH
BBC TV
With Amanda Burton, Katherine Hunter
Director of photography: Peter Middleton
Editor: Jon Costelloe

 

Blue Murder

Granada TV
With Jemma Redgrave, Sean McGinley, Kevin McMonagle, Tim Woodward
Editor: Chris Blunden

 

Bramwell

OUR BRAVE BOYS – Single film
Written by Lucy Gannon
Produced by Tim Whitby and Harriet Davidson
With Jemma Redgrave, Kevin McMonagle, David Calder, Ruth Sheen, Eamon Boland, Jenny Aguter.

Director of photography: Tony Miller
Editor: Bryan Oates

 

Bramwell

Four episodes
Written by Lucy Gannon and Helen Greaves
Produced by Tim Whitby and Harriet Davidson
With Jemma Redgrave, Kevin McMonagle, David Calder, Ruth Sheen.
Director of photography: Tony Miller
Editor: Bryan Oates

 

The Bare Necessities

Written by Ken Blakeson
Produced by Mark Redhead
With Joe Duttine, William Ash, Barry Stanton, Eamon Boland, John Michie, Paul Rider, Caroline Loncq, Sandra Voe, Polly Hemmingway.
Director of Photography: David Odd
Editor: Chris Blunden
Music by Guy Pratt

This little film bears a striking resemblance to THE FULL MONTY that came out six months later…

 

Dirty Old Town

Written by Paul Unwin, Nick Vivian and Stephen Ward
Produced by Mark Redhead
With Rik Mayall, Michael Kitchen, Frances Barber, Helen McRory, Sean McGinley, Brian McCardie.
Director of Photography: David Odd.
Edited by Jon Costelloe

Nominated for an ACE AWARD and WRITERS GUILD OF UK AWARD

 

Claire de Lune

Written by Nick Vivian
Produced by Mark Redhead
With Rik Mayall, Serena Scott Thomas, Lee Evans
Director of photography: David Odd.
Edited Edward Mansell
Music by Steve Nieve

Nominated for an ACE AWARD

 

Episodes of The Bill and EastEnders

Theatre

Paul has worked in the theatre as a director, artistic director – he ran the BRISTOL OLD VIC for four years – and as a writer.

As artistic director of the BRISTOL OLD VIC, Paul Unwin radically changed the theatre’s audience. He asked Phylida Lloyd (MAMA MIA, THE IRON LADY) to be Associate Director, and Matthew Warchus (ART, GHOST) to be Assistant Director. Both did remarkable productions at the theatre during this time. Along with Steve Woodward, Foz Allen and the remarkable Sheila Pearce and others they made the Bristol Old Vic one of the most highly regarded regional theatres in the UK.

Writing

This Much Is True

THEATRE 503
Written by Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck
Directed by Tim Roseman
With Justine Waddell, Alice DeCunha, Beatritz Romilly, Alice De Chuna, Stefano Braschi, Gerald Kydd, Amber Agar

Unwin-this-much-is-true-07This Much Is True: photographs
This Much Is True performance draft
This Much Is True at Theatre503

 

 

“[Beck and Unwin] know how to create from diverse testimony a dramatic whole, ranging between group uproar and isolated speeches, which themselves range between the carefully precise, the self-serving and the grief-stricken. With its emphasis on the tragedy’s human cost in shock and sorrow, This Much is True gives us a clear-eyed glimpse of what lay behind the official reports and misreporting.”
(Jeremy Kingston, The Times.)

 

 

Doolaly Days

Leicester Haymarket, National Tour, Michael Codron
Directed by Andy Jordan
With Kate Lynn-Evans, Sylvester MacCoy, Richard Albrecht, Lucinda Curtis, Harmage S Kalirai

 

Theory for the Attention of Mr Einstein

Old Red Lion
Directed by Andy Jordan
With Roderick Leigh
The play was published in German and performed at the Frankfurt Stadt Theatre and the Berlin Stadt Theatre

Theatre Direction

Uncle Vanya

THE GATE THREATRE, DUBLIN
Chekhov
Alan Stanford, TP McKenna, Dearbhla Malloy, Olwen Fouere

 

Pal Joey

Bristol Old Vic
Written by Rogers, Hart and O’Hara
With Jill Gascoine

 

Hamlet

Bristol Old Vic
Shakepeare
Iain Glenn, Di Fletcher, Hugh Ross, Peter Copley, Claire Hackett, James Purefoy, Bernard Gallagher, Matthew Byam Shaw…

 

‘Paul Unwin’s riveting production reminded me more strongly than any I have ever seen that the Danish Court is riddled with secrecy.’  (John Peter, Sunday Times)

 

‘This is an excellent production of Hamlet from the Bristol Old Vic. The director Paul Unwin and his designer Bunnie Christie have set the play in turn of the century Europe.’ (Christopher Edwards, The Spectator)

 

Uncle Vanya

Bristol Old Vic
Chekhov
Timothy West, Patrick Malahide, Saskia Wickham, Kate Lynn-Evans, Graham Crowden

 

The Clandestine Marriage

Bristol Old Vic
Garrick and Coleman
Timothy West, Patrick Malahide.

 

In the Ruins

Bristol Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre
By Nick Dear
With Patrick Malahide

 

The Man Who Had All The Luck

Bristol Old Vic, Young Vic Theatre London
By Arthur Miller
With Iain Glen, Godfrey James, Paul Bentall, Rudi Shelley, David Crean, Chris Etteridge

Music by Andy Sheppard
See this programme note that Paul wrote about his meetings with Arthur Miller as he worked on this production.

 

‘Paul Unwin’s direction catches perfectly Miller’s blend of wonderment, mockery and passion.’ (John Peter, Sunday Times)

 

The Misanthrope

Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre co-production
By Molière, adapted by Tony Harrison
With Siân Thomas, Malcolm Sinclair, Brain Pettifer, Sheila Ballantine, Matthew Byam Shaw.

 

The Master Builder

Bristol Old Vic
By Ibsen
With Timothy West, Kate Lynn-Evans, Olwen Fouéré, Nat Brenner, Adrian Scarborough

 

Othello

Bristol Old Vic
By Shakespeare
With Jeffery Kissoon, Jack Klaff, Melanie Thaw

 

The Cherry Orchard

Bristol Old Vic
By Chekhov
With Patrick Malahide, Catheryn Harrison, Thelma Barlow

 

A Town in the West Country

A large-scale community play. Devised using the testimony of Bristolians who survived the bombing of the city during the Second World War, it was performed by 150 non-professional actors aged between 8 and 80. It was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV.

 

Mother Goose

Bristol Old Vic
Panto

 

The Life of Galileo

Bristol Old Vic
By Brecht
With Barry Stanton, Martin Clunes, Sean Murray, Jill Brassington

 

The Three Sisters

Bristol Old Vic
By Chekhov
With Harriet Walter, Tony Robinson, Samantha Bond, Peter Copley, Martin Clunes, Jill Brassington, Johnathen Cullen

 

In Times Like These

Bristol Old Vic

by Jeremy Brock
With Greta Scacchi, Tim Woodward, Sophie Thompson.

 

Tartuffe

Bristol Old Vic
By Moliere
With Neil Cunningham, Jill Brasington,

 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Bristol Old Vic
By Stoppard

 

Can’t Pay Won’t Pay

Bristol Old Vic
By Dario Fo
With Alex Jennings, Jenny Galloway…

 

Insignificance

Bristol Old Vic
By Terry Johnson
With Miranda Richardson

 

War Story

Touring
Written and directed with Tony Robinson

Showreel

A far from up-to-date showreel. Too long, too slow… ah, enough already!

A new one is being prepared!

Press

This Much Is True

“[Beck and Unwin] know how to create from diverse testimony a dramatic whole, ranging between group uproar and isolated speeches, which themselves range between the carefully precise, the self-serving and the grief-stricken. With its emphasis on the tragedy’s human cost in shock and sorrow, This Much is True gives us a clear-eyed glimpse of what lay behind the official reports and misreporting.”
(Jeremy Kingston, The Times.)

 

“Unwin and Beck make no bones about wanting you to feel something. What This Much Is True highlights in equal measure is the panic of the police force before the killing, the panic afterwards and then the denials — which only re-enforced the catastrophic turn of events. Recommended.”
(Jackie Cobham, The Telegraph)

 

Elijah

“Every so often, a docudrama comes along that has style, panache and flair. Director Paul Unwin and writer Blake Corbet’s fast-paced, eccentric biography of Elijah Harper is a delight. This is dazzling, confident filmmaking.”
(The Gazette, Montreal.)

 

Hamlet

“Paul Unwin’s riveting production reminded me more strongly than any I have ever seen that the Danish Court is riddled with secrecy.”
(John Peter, Sunday Times)

 

“This is an excellent production of Hamlet from the Bristol Old Vic. The director Paul Unwin and his designer Bunnie Christie have set the play in turn of the century Europe.”
(Christopher Edwards, The Spectator)

 

The Man Who Had All the Luck

“Paul Unwin’s direction catches perfectly Miller’s blend of wonderment, mockery and passion.”
(John Peter, Sunday Times)