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Lorraine Newman

Writer - Script Producer, Executive Producer

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Lorraine’s career in Drama has spanned two decades, offering the opportunity to progress through every editorial role en route. During this time, she gained incredible experience and insight into the requirements of production at every stage and level. This knowledge allows Lorraine to ensure the creative vision can be both realised and achieved. She is just as confident working with talent completely new to TV as she is with those who frequent the commissioners ‘wanted’ lists. Developed and Executive Produced Babs, a BBC1 single drama which TX’d May 2017.


Writer (2018-2023)
EastEnders, BBC1

Currently writing several episodes of this long-running BBC1 flagship drama.

Executive Producer (2015-2017)
Babs, Red Planet Pictures

90’ single drama for BBC1, co-venture between BBC Studios and Red Planet Pictures. Writer: Tony Jordan. Director: Dominic Leclerc. TX May 2017.
Dramatisation of the life of Dame Barbara Windsor, spanning five decades from 1940’s through to the early 1990’s. Combining theatre and film, the piece is a creatively ambitious and refreshing take on the genre. Lorraine initially developed this project at the BBC and took it through to completion.

Judging Panel (2015-2017)
Screenwriting Goldmine Awards

A final judge of the above annual international film and television writing awards. Lorraine also nurtures and mentors writers from the competition to help them further develop their projects and bring them to the attention of commissioners.

Development Producer (2013-2015)

Developed original dramas with Tony Jordan, Lucy Gannon and Carey Andrews. ‘Babs’, written by Tony Jordan, was successfully commissioned for BBC1.
Secured funding to train commissioned writers in the art of winning an original drama commission. Contributors to the course included: Sally Wainwright, Tony Grounds, Tony Saint, Adrian Hodges and Dominic Mitchell.
The course was a great success, all of the writers on the initial year are now developing with the BBC and the BBC have continued to run this course.

Executive Producer (2012-2013)
EastEnders, BBC

Executive Producer of the award winning BBC Drama Series, including the Olympic Live Episode. Overseeing the options for the rebuild of Albert Square, working with BBC Management and external companies to ensure the best result for the BBC, the Production and the audience.
BAFTA winner 2013.
Writers included: Tony Jordan, Sarah Phelps, Simon Ashdown, Daisy Coulam, Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham, Jeff Povey, Matt Evans, Richard Davidson, James Payne, Richard Zajdlic, Rachel Flowerday, Sally Abbott, Lucy Gannon, Mark Catley, Justin Young, Emilia di Girolamo.

Series Producer (2005-2012)
EastEnders, BBC

Series Producer under the tenures of Kate Harwood, Diederick Santer and Bryan Kirkwood.
Primarily responsible for the crewing and output of the creative departments: Script, Story and Directors.
Responsible for series producing the first live episode and the Dot
monologue episode, both of which were received with great critical acclaim.
Series Producer for all three series of E20, a hugely successful online spin-off following four teenage characters in Albert Square. The series was written and developed by thirteen new London writers aged between 17 and 22 who attended a summer school. A great development opportunity for the cast, writers and crew.
Also ran a Multi-Camera Directing course for EastEnders and was a regular speaker on the BBC’s New Writing Scheme.
BAFTA winners 2006, 2010 and 2011.

Script Producer/Producer (2001-2003)
EastEnders, BBC

Script Producer of the popular Drama Series under the tenure of John Yorke. Responsible for the output of scripts on the show.
Also produced two EastEnders spin offs during this time: ‘Perfectly Frank’ and ‘Slaters in Detention’.
BAFTA winner 2002.

Development Script Editor (2000-2001)
Thin Ice, BBC

Writer: Tom Needham
Developed a single drama for BBC1, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Script Editor (1998-2000)
City Central, BBC1

Producer: John Yorke
Writers: Tony Jordan, Simon Ashdown, Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham.
Script Edited the first two series of the Manchester based police series.

Script Secretary/Archivist/Researcher/ Script Editor (1989-1997)
EastEnders, BBC

1997 BATFA winner for Best Drama Series.