Kent screenwriting duo behind BBC1 hit SS-GB as they follow up last six James Bond movies

PUBLISHED: 11:01 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 01 March 2017



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Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been described as “one of Britain’s most successful screenwriting partnerships”

University of Kent alumni Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have another hit on their hands as the screenwriters behind BBC big budget drama SS-GB.

Based on the Len Deighton book of a Britain invaded by the Nazis in 1941, it was proved a big hit - despite some initial complaints over the sound quality.

Purvis and Wade – described by The Times as ‘one of Britain’s most successful screenwriting partnerships’ and who have written the last six James Bond movies – were commissioned by the BBC to start work on the script back in November 2014. The mini-series, which is comprised of five one-hour episodes, is broadcast on BBC1.

Neal Purvis studied film and photographic arts, while Robert Wade studied film theory and English at the university.

Since then, they have forged a successful career writing screenplays together. Their first success was in 1991 with the screenplay of the controversial drama Let Him Have It. The critically-acclaimed film was screened for parliament and played a part in Derek Bentley’s eventual posthumous pardon.

They have worked in a variety of genres with screenplays such as the highwayman film Plunkett & MacLeane, the spy comedy Johnny English and The Italian Job remake. As well as co-writing the James Bond films The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, they wrote and co-produced the thriller Return to Sender as well as Stoned, the last days of Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

For Bond-film Casino Royale, they received two Bafta nominations as well as an Edgar nomination from the Mystery Writers of America. They have since co-written the critically and commercially-acclaimed Bond films Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

In 2013, they each received receive honorary doctor of arts degrees from the university.


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