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Mark & Karyn Buckland


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Karyn and Mark are a writing duo based in Scotland who created and co-wrote the hugely successful thriller ‘Cold Call’ (Channel 5) in 2019. It was C5’s most watched programme that year and most watched original drama series ever. Their 10-part drama series ‘Tellus’ is in development with Corestar Media and they are working on other original series ideas.

Mark has had columns and short stories published in The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday and Gutter, among others. In 2018, he rebooted the semi-improvisational drama ‘Logan High’ (CBBC) as lead writer and editor.

Karyn has won several awards for her short stories and, in 2016, she won the Callan Gordon New Writers Award. She has had work published in various publications such as 404 Ink. She has performed her short stories across Europe at various festivals.



Cold Call (2019-2020)
Channel 5 / Chalkboard

4 x 45′ Thriller

Created and Co-wrote all four episodes of this contemporary thriller. Cold Call became the most watched Channel 5 original drama of all time. In 2020 it was bought by AMC for broadcast in USA & South America.

An energetic and gripping thriller that explores loss greed and revenge through the story of June, a hard-working carer, whose life savings are lost when she answers one phone call. The series explores the damage and the mechanics of organised cold call scams and dramatises what happens when one victim decides to fight back.

Tellus (2022)
Corestar Media

A 10-part original drama series in development with Corestar Media. This family-based thriller looks at what happens when parents attempt to rescue their daughter from an environmental lifestyle movement set on a remote Scottish Island. The series explores the world of cults and family dysfunctions and looks at the extremes to which people will go to follow their beliefs.