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Karissa Hamilton-Bannis

Writer - Television / Film / Theatre

Agent: Julie Press -

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Karissa is a graduate of the National Film and Television School’s Screenwriting MA. She has written several projects for film and television, including writing an episode for 9 Story’s A Kind of Spark and for the second series of Netflix teen thriller series Get Even. She is currently working on her original comedy drama series Possessed for Hartswood Films.


Writing Projects

Down Grove (2023)
Original Series Pitch

Set in Ladbroke Grove, Down Grove is told over 3 decades from the 1990s to the 2010s, a story of female friendship with a uniquely black British slant.

Possessed (2020-2023)
Hartswood Films / Channel Four

Supernatural comedy drama series commissioned to script and in development with Channel Four.

Josephine (2023)
Original Spec Script

Original Television Series – A contemporary family drama about the Jones’s, an aspiring middle class black family who are shaken when their 15 year old daughter tells them she’s pregnant.

Championess (2023)
Watford & Essex

Developing a series set in the world of female bare knuckle boxing in the 18th Century based on the graphic novel with a Indian / British woman at its centre.

Dr Who: Redacted S2 (2023)
BBC Sounds

Commissioned to write 1 x 30′ audio drama script for BBC Sounds
Producer: James Goss

Spin-off podcast Dr Who: Redacted is scripted by bestselling author Juno Dawson, alongside a host of new and experienced writing talent, with a strong emphasis on diversity and regionality. The audio drama primarily explores the relationships between ordinary people unknowingly immersed in the Doctor Who universe.

You can listen to her episode 4, Spaceman here.

A Kind of Spark (2022)
9 Story / CBBC

Based on the book of the same name written by neurodivergent writer Elle McNicoll, A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year-old Addie. Deciding to campaign for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown, Addie challenges the people in her town see her and her autism. Wrote 1 x 30′ episode, which aired in spring 2023.

Flipside (2022-2023)
Talent TV

2 x 30′ episode of Young Adult drama about 13-year-old Ashanti who dreams of becoming a pro-champion skateboarder.

Hollyoaks (2019-2023)
Lime Pictures

Currently writing episodes on this long-running series, having written 31 episodes so far.

Get Even S2 (2021)
Netflix / CBBC

Wrote 1 x 30′ episode of this teen thriller series

Resonance (2018-2019)
Hillbilly Films

Commissioned to write the television adaptation of Sci-Fi novel Resonance.

BAFTA Elevate (2018-2019)

Karissa was selected to join this BAFTA talent development scheme for writers. To read more, click here.

The Party (2017)
Ecosse Films

Series idea developed for E4.

Perspective (2016-2017)
Hillbilly Films

Developed her techno-sci-fi thriller series set in the near future.

Fatherland (2017)
Zak Films

Thriller set in 1970’s Germany, based on the book ‘Snowleg’ by Nicholas Shakespeare. In development with German company Zak Films.

The Dumping Ground (2017)

Commissioned to write 5 digital spin off episodes of this long running children’s drama.

The Juke Box

Original Television Series Episode.


Television series Pilot and treatment.

Open Graves - A Zombie Musical

Feature Length screenplay.

Raising The Dead

Television Pilot

Short Films

Kahanikar (The Storyteller)


Animated Short Film, Premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2011. Won Best Animation at LA shorts Festival.

The Hooded Ghost

Writer: Short Film


The Spider

Rehearsed reading at Soho Theatre.