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C21 Drama Series Script Competition Winners Announced

The C21 Media International Drama Summit took place earlier this week in London, where the winners of the C21 Drama Series Script Competition were revealed. 

The competition is a recent joint venture with Creative England in partnership with C21 Media and eOne, with the aim of finding the next big international drama series hit. Lucy Wadham and Rosie Miles’ ‘123 King’s Road’ was selected as the international pitch winning project and Fraser Flintham’s ‘The Ladder’ as the winner of the UK prize. See below for more information on the winning projects. 

The winners will receive £10k in development funding as well as time in a writer’s room on a current series and support in taking their own drama project to series, with unprecedented access to the global television drama market. 

The C21 Media International Drama Summit also awarded the likes of Scandinavian drama, ‘The Bridge’ the title of Best Returning Series and Netflix Original series, ‘Narcos’ the Editor’s Choice Award. BBC’s ‘Wolf Hall’ also won the title of Best English-Language Drama; which the Creative England Production Services team assisted in finding locations for. Congratulations to all who won.

The Winners:

‘The Ladder’
By Frazer Flintham

A socio-political thriller about low-earning house sitter Freya Martin, who seeks shelter from her ex in the shoes of a wealthy client. Finding herself on the upper rungs of the London elite, she soon discovers she’s also part of a family that runs its criminal underworld – and the shoes Freya has filled are those of a missing woman. The only one positioned inside the family, Freya must help the authorities to bring them down, save the missing woman and, ultimately, herself.

‘123 Kings Road’
By Lucy Wadham & Rosie Miles,  

A coming-of-age comedy set in London’s Chelsea in 1977, the series takes a darkly funny look at the sketchy moral universe many viewers will recognise with a mixture of horror and affection. When flamboyant ad executive, Peter Blythe, is sacked for bleeding the company dry, he goes off “to find some money,” leaving his five daughters to look after their mother – a fading society beauty for whom the answer to all life’s vexations is to ‘go and have a lie down.’ 

The family home is at number 123 Kings Road. It’s a time when punk is at its zenith and the girls, aged between six and 18, are more concerned that David Soul could reach number one in the charts than in the disappearance of their father. Soon, however, they must survive on dwindling supplies of toast and cereal and face a rising tide of unpaid bills, school fees and social workers. Either they must find a solution or be split up and farmed out to uncool relatives. Things start to look up when ’mad’ Uncle Godfrey, recently treated with shock therapy for his messiah complex, shows up on the doorstep and a police surveillance detail sets up outside.

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