Working with top and emerging talent from television, theatre & film to produce high-quality dramas, Duchess Street projects are creatively driven and benefit from longstanding industry relationships and international drama connections and experience.
Donna Wiffen, CEO
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, Head of Development
Jo joined Duchess Street Productions from Sky Drama, where she was Development and 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 is across the Media Xchange's Vision programme for up-and-coming writers.
Key Shows in Development:
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.
Award winning writer, Susan Everett (Hinterland, Justice/Truth) has written Episode One.
An 8 part 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 Entertainment.
Peggy is a 10 part drama based on the life and work of socialite, collector, patron and salonnière Peggy Guggenheim.
Julie Cohen’s bestselling novel - an epic story of a lifetime’s love, told backwards over five decades and two countries, with a devastating twist. Chosen by the BBC as one of the most ‘hotly-anticipated books’ of 2017.
Chris Monger (We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves, Temple Grandin, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain) is adapting.
The House of Sleep
A five part series based on Jonathan Coe’s 1997 award winning novel about a group of friends who fall in love, drift apart and a decade later are drawn back together by a devastating event and a series of coincidences involving their obsession with sleep – and each other…
Jane Eden (The Split, Fortitude) is adapting.
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.
Duchess Street is also working with Mike Poulton (Imperium, Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, RSC) on his first TV adaptation, Gina Moriarty (Murdered By My Boyfriend) on an original four part psychological crime drama, and Mike Walker (Beowulf, Critical, Collision) on a multiple episode, returnable pan-European thriller.