Duchess Street specialises in producing original drama and adaptations with commercial and global scope.
Working with top and emerging talent to produce high-quality dramas, its projects are creatively driven and benefit from longstanding industry relationships and international drama connections and experience. Primarily working in the English language, Duchess Street is not afraid to push international boundaries to give its projects commercial and global scope.
Donna Wiffen, Managing Director
Donna has worked in TV for over 25 years. She joined Duchess Street Productions from FremantleMedia, where she was Head of Worldwide Drama overseeing drama development and production in 22 territories. Prior to this Donna ran Cliffhanger Productions – an independent TV drama company developing over 30 international projects in collaboration with BBC Worldwide. Donna has also held the position of Head of Drama Production at both Endemol and Talkback Thames, where she spent five years overseeing over 200 hours of TV per annum with a budget in excess of £60 million. She started her career working in theatre, both in the UK and internationally, most notably as company manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Jo Roderick, Development Producer
Jo joined Duchess Street Productions from Sky Drama, where she was a Script Executive for Left Bank Pictures, Mammoth Screen and Eleven Film dramas. A former Drama Development Producer for Detectorists indie Lola Entertainment, she has previously worked across the Channel 4 new-talent initiative Coming Up and on a number of UK drama series including Spooks, Holby City and The Bill.
Oliver Grieve, Development Editor
Oliver gained experience at Left Bank Pictures, where he was a story researcher and then storyliner on Series 2-4 of The Crown, and at the BBC, where he worked as an assistant script editor, researcher and PA variously in Drama Commissioning, Comedy Commissioning, and latterly, Drama Production. Oliver has a passion for new writing, for stage and screen, and as well as reading for the Bruntwood Prize this year, is script editing on Media Xchange’s Vision programme for up-and-coming writers, working with Ben Morris and Gina Moriarty.
Key Shows in Development:
This is the tragic true story of a young woman’s murder and her mother’s fight to get the 800-year-old double jeopardy law revoked. This is the story of Ann Ming’s remarkable battle to change the law and see her daughter’s confessed killer sentenced for his crime.
Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Shameless, Silk) is attached to play Ann Ming and Award winning writer, Susan Everett (Hinterland, Justice/Truth) has written Episode One.
The Good Girl
A drama serial adapted from the number-one bestselling author Fiona Neill’s compelling and controversial novel.
Ben Vanstone (Cider with Rosie, You, Me & the Apocalypse, Last Kingdom II) is adapting.
A crime series with a grounded supernatural twist. Dark, sophisticated and character-driven, at the show’s heart is a female protagonist unlike any other.
Sarah Pinborough (Number 1 novelist of Behind Her Eyes and 13 Minutes) is writing. The project is in co-production with Federation.
Peggy is a drama based on the life and work of socialite, collector, patron and salonnière Peggy Guggenheim (as revealed in the Peggy, Art Addict Documentary.)
This is a co-production with Buccaneer Media.
Also working with Mike Poulton (Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, RSC) on his first TV adaptation, Gina Moriarty (Murdered By My Boyfriend) on an original crime drama, and Mike Walker (Beowulf, Critical, Collision) on a pan-European thriller.