Ashley is a veteran TV writer who has created and written several long-running series for the BBC and ITV – Life Support; Down To Earth; Where The Heart Is and Paradise Heights.
He has adapted Tom Brown’s Schooldays (ITV), Kate Atkinson’s novel Case Histories (with Ruby Films) and Under The Greenwood Tree (ITV) as well as co-creating and writing the critically acclaimed, two time Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated Life On Mars (BBC) and creating and writing the long-running Wild At Heart (ITV). Both Life On Mars (ABC) and Wild At Heart (Life Is Wild/CW) have been reformatted for the United States.
Ashley formed MONASTIC PRODUCTIONS with Matthew Graham in 2006 and created Ashes To Ashes (BBC, in association with Kudos Film and Television), the successful follow-up to Life On Mars. Monastic also produced Bonekickers for the BBC (with Mammoth Screen).
Other recent work includes Eternal Law (ITV), Moonfleet (Sky), and The Living And The Dead (BBC). Ashley is currently adapting Deborah Harkness’ novel A Discovery Of Witches for Bad Wolf Productions and writing a movie for Hammer Films.
In February 2011 Ashley was made an Honorary Fellow of the National Film and Television School; this is awarded “in recognition of outstanding contribution to the British film and television industry”.