Helena Murphy

Development Executive - Hartswood Films
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Helena joined Hartswood Films in 2016 and works alongside the Development team with emerging and established writing talent across a wide slate of drama and comedy projects.

Helena has worked for a variety of companies, including the BBC and Sony Pictures Television, developing scripted comedy and drama for both UK and international markets.

In the 1980s Producer Beryl Vertue formed the independent production company Hartswood Films. With an award-winning portfolio of drama, light entertainment and documentary films, Hartswood prides itself on being truly independent, “able to make programmes we are genuinely passionate about and believe we can make well,” and the company now provides programmes for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, ITV and Channel 4.

In 1993 Beryl was joined by her daughter Debbie Vertue as Production Coordinator, then Production Manager and now Director of Operations. Elaine Cameron joined Hartswood in 1992 and has produced and developed an exciting slate of new film, comedy and drama projects. In 1999 Beryl’s younger daughter Sue Vertue joined Hartswood from Tiger Aspect, where her producing credits included the award-winning Mr Bean, the BAFTA-nominated Vicar Of Dibley and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.

A quick glance at some of Hartswood’s credits reveals the company’s remarkable versatility. Star-studded dramas include four series and a Special of Sherlock ; a new adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC One’s classic 20th-century literature season; plus the six-part series Jekyll and ITV dramas The GuiltyAfter ThomasWonderful YouBorder CaféThe English WifeA Woman’s Guide To Adultery and Codename: Kyril.

Outstanding light entertainment including six series and several specials of Simon Nye’s multi-award-winning Men Behaving Badly, four series of Steven Moffat’s Coupling for BBC Two, two series of Supernova for BBC Two, two series of Carrie & Barry for BBC One, three series of Simon Nye’s award-winning Is It Legal?, two series of My Good Friend and The Savages for BBC One; as well as the half-hour comedies Biffovision for BBC Three, Lift for BBC Four, six-part series Fear, Stress & Anger and The Cup for BBC Two, and most recently Me and Mrs Jones for BBC One and Edge of Heaven for ITV.