Caged Bird Sings by Rachel Harrison | Script Revolution

Caged Bird Sings

Britain's most notorious female serial killer strikes a deadly deal with an ambitious journalist: save her cellmate lover from wrongful imprisonment and the killer will reveal where the bodies are buried. An all-female cast.

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A returning psychological thriller series for TV.

Series one is all about the serial killer and journalist trying to prove the innocence of the killer's cellmate - a nurse accused of murdering elderly patients in a Cardiff care home.

Subsequent series will see the serial killer and journalist teaming up to investigate other cases of women who may have been wrongfully imprisoned. (There are many women in prison right now who are there because of their partners' crimes, or who are serving sentences that are disproportionate to their crimes. Prison is essentially a sexist institution designed for men by men, and is harder on women).

The long-term storyline will see the journalist (whose late mother was the detective who caged the serial killer) learn the real truth about both the serial killer and her own 'perfect' police detective mother.

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Quarter-finalist in SWN Competition (Sokolov award) - with an earlier draft.

Submitted: June 3, 2021
Last Updated: January 20, 2022

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The Writer: Rachel Harrison

Rachel is a BAFTA-winning writer, and former TV/digital producer. Her style is "richly drawn women, especially from the LGBTQI community, with sparky witty dialogue." She loves strong female characters, sci-fi spookiness in a real world setting, conspiracy theories and killer twists. Her claims to fame are setting off three volcanoes and having a portrait of herself hanging in an Oxford college. Rachel's goal is to amplify the unseen stories of lesbians, intersex people, and strong women on TV. Rachel would love to write shows like Fort Salem, Harlots, Killing Eve, Sex Education and Squid Game. Go to bio