EXCLUSIVE: A Very English Scandal producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is just weeks into life at his new ITV Studios production label, but he is already spinning a number of projects since leaving Sony’s Blueprint Pictures.
Deadline can reveal that Treadwell-Collins has picked up a project that topped this year’s Brit List, a Black List-style ranking of the best unproduced drama scripts in the UK, while there are talks ongoing about him remaining involved in a second season of A Very English Scandal.
His ITV label is working with Irish writer Karen Cogan and will now begin the process of selling Brit List-winner Fled to a broadcaster or streamer after securing rights to the script. Fled tells the story of a pregnant girl and a scared nun who are forced together to find some kind of freedom in the last remaining Mother and Baby Home in 1990s Ireland.
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Cogan, who has been named as one of Deadline’s 10 British TV writers to watch in 2020, said: “Lots of companies were interested, but in the end, Dominic has an inherent understanding of the tone and world of Fled and is an extraordinary producer.”
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In addition to securing Fled, Deadline understands that Treadwell-Collins could continue to play a part in plans for a second season of A Very English Scandal, despite leaving Sony-owned Blueprint. The drama was made by Blueprint, but Treadwell-Collins is in talks to continue his involvement through ITV Studios — if the BBC commissions season two.
Conversations about a second story are well underway after the first season was co-produced with Amazon and helped actor Ben Whishaw to a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe for his performance as Norman Scott.
Treadwell-Collins told the Radio Times earlier this year that the drama could become an anthology series, with the second season centering on a 1963 sex scandal involving Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll. During a messy divorce from her second husband, he seized images of Campbell performing a sex act on an unknown man and she became known as “The Dirty Duchess.” Treadwell-Collins said he wanted a woman to write the show, meaning Russell T Davies could pass the baton over to a new scribe after penning season one.
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