Tony Jordan - Writer / Producer

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HIM…? Because he’s written for and created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series of all time.  He’s a TV writing legend!

WHAT HE’S DONE...
EASTENDERS, MINDER, BOON, CITY CENTRAL, HUSTLE, LIFE ON MARS, HOLBY BLUE and CRASH.






Tony Jordan started his writing career at the age of 32 when he submitted his first unsolicited script to the BBC.  His background as a market stall holder served him well as, following a workshop with John Sullivan and Carla Lane, he was taken on to write for EASTENDERS in 1997 and has since written over 179 episodes.

Jordan graduated from scriptwriter to Series Consultant over his 18 years working with the soap, creating several of the show’s most iconic and well loved characters including the Slater family and Alfie Moon.

His contribution to ongoing drama resulted in being presented with the Special Achievement award at 2007’s British Soap Awards.

In 1992 Jordan went on to write on such iconic shows as MINDER, BOON and ELDORADO and later gained additional writing credits on THIEFTAKERS, THE VANISHING MAN starring Neil Morrissey and CAN’T BUY ME LOVE starring Martin Kemp and Michelle Collins.

Jordan created his first series in 1998 for BBC One, the critically acclaimed CITY CENTRAL; a precinct cop show set in the gritty streets of Manchester starring Paul Nicholls, Lorraine Ashbourne and Ashley Jensen.

Jordan has since become synonymous with successful prime time drama having created some of the best loved series in recent years.

The creation of the hit drama HUSTLE starring Robert Vaughn, Adrian Lester and Marc Warren saw the start of a long running and successful relationship with Kudos.  A glossy, entertaining drama following the fortunes of a group of expert con artists let loose on the streets of London, HUSTLE has become a huge global hit and gained nominations for two primetime Emmys to add to the nominations for a BAFTA and two RTS awards in the UK.

Jordan co-created the multiple award winning LIFE ON MARS with Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, again for Kudos, starring John Simm and Philip Glenister.  A huge hit with both critics and audiences alike, LIFE ON MARS saw a modern day cop thrust back to 1973 after a car crash and tackling the totally un-PC world of seventies’ policing.

Jordan set up his own production company, Red Planet Pictures in 2006 with regional offices in Bedfordshire and Wales, and won his first commission for the company with HOLBY BLUE - a drama following the lives and loves of the officers based at Holby South Police Station and sister show to BBC One’s hugely popular long running series CASUALTY and HOLBY CITY.

HOLBY BLUE was recommissioned for a second and final series with an extended run of 12 episodes.

Jordan once again teamed up with Kudos to make ambitious dramas ECHO BEACH and MOVING WALLPAPER for ITV1 which transmitted in January 2008.  MOVING WALLPAPER was a 12-episode comedy drama which starred Ben Miller and Hugo Speer, going behind the scenes of soap opera, ECHO BEACH which starred Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon and followed the finished soap opera that viewers saw being made during its sister series.

MOVING WALLPAPER was recommissioned for a second series but was this time based around the production of a "zombie show" called RENAISSANCE which was released online on ITV.com.

Tony also reinvented HUSTLE, now a co-production between Kudos and Red Planet Pictures. The show has proved an enduring success with the seventh series currently in production.

Red Planet’s first series for BBC One Wales, CRASH, hit the screens in September 2009 for an initial run of 6 episodes, with a further 6 episodes broadcast in early 2010. The series followed a group of four young doctors starting their careers at Cardiff City Hospital and facing the steepest learning curve of their lives. Written by a team of new television writers, led by Jordan, the series was also broadcast on the BBC High Definition Channel.

For BBC One at Christmas 2010, Tony has penned THE NATIVITY, a unique retelling of the classic Bible story. Shot entirely on location in Morocco, the beautiful story will unfold over four half-hour episodes, and explores the very human story at the heart of the timeless tale.

The Red Planet Prize was launched in 2007 in order to nurture aspiring writers and find a new writing talent to join Red Planet Pictures’ already impressive stable - something that Jordan himself is very passionate about.

The Red Planet Prize has already acted as a catalyst for the career of 2008’s winner, Joanna Leigh, as her winning script, SAM J, is in development for the BBC. Joanna has also written an episode of CRASH. Another of the first year’s finalists, Robert Thorogood, is also developing a series with Red Planet Pictures for a UK broadcast network.

The Red Planet Prize 2010, now in partnership with Kudos Film and Television, has recently launched with a judging panel featuring Jane Featherstone and Polly Hill, Head of Drama, England Indies, at the BBC.

As well as developing several new dramas, Jordan has also spearheaded the company’s move into factual and comedy programming.  Red Planet Pictures and Shine Television recently joined forces to make HISTORY COLD CASE for BBC 2, billed as “TIME TEAM for dead bodies”.  Each hour-long episode of HISTORY COLD CASE focussed on an exhumed corpse from a different era of British history and show what they would have looked like and the sort of life they led. It launched as a 4 x 60-minute series in May 2010 and will return.