Jun 10 , 2020

Directors UK Masterclass: The making of Unprecedented with Brian Hill, Anna Maloney and Geraldine James

  • When: 10th Jun 2020, 17:00-18:15
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

The making of... is a new strand of masterclasses goes behind the scenes of some of Britain’s most popular and critically acclaimed tv series. The programme’s key personell will discuss the mechanics of making the series plus some of the challenges they had to face along the way. Followed by audience questions, you will get to ask the makers of some of your favourite programmes, how they did it.

In this session we find out how the new BBC series Unprecendented was made with director Brian Hill, writer Anna Maloney and actress Geraldine James. Episodes are now streaming on BBC iPlayer


Anna Maloney writes for TV, film and radio. Her credits include, Falling Apart, directed by Brian Hill, starring Mark Strong and Hermione Norris (C4) which won two BAFTAs including best new drama writer. Consent, directed by Brian Hill, starring Anna Madeley and Danny Mayes won the Grierson best drama doc. Love Somehow, adapted from a poem by Phil Bowen about Caitlin Tomas was directed by Kate Cheeseman and stars Sally George. She has also written a musical and a number of shorts, pilots and series. Currently Anna has several projects in development as well as a crime novel, and also teaches screenwriting.

Prior to screenwriting Anna worked in factual TV, journalism and PR.

Geraldine James has worked extensively in TV, Film and Theatre. Most recently on television, in Anne With An E for Netflix, for which she won a CSA Award; and Back to Life for the BBC. Other TV credits include Utopia, The Five, Little Britain, Band of Gold, Jewel in the Crown. Amongst many film roles across the years, she plays Queen Mary in the Downton Abbey movie as well as recent performances in Beast, 45Years, and Daphne. Previous film credits include Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes and Gandhi.

Brian Hill works in drama and documentary, and sometimes in areas between the two. With the now poet laureate, Simon Armitage, he invented the documentary musical in films such as Feltham Sings and Drinking For England. His drama work includes Falling Apart, written by Anna Maloney and featuring Hermione Norris and Mark Strong, Consent, featuring Anna Madeley, Danny Mayes and Michelle Dockery, Bella And The Boys, written and directed by Hill, featuring Billie Piper, Jane Lapotaire and Tom Burke. The True Voice, verbatim monologues featuring Sophie Okonedo, Richard Wilson Lesley Sharpe, Matthew Dunster and others

Directors UK is the professional association of UK screen directors. It is a membership organisation representing the creative, economic and contractual interests of over 7,500 members – the majority of working TV and film directors in the UK. 

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.