Magazine article Screen International

Marnie Dickens, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

Magazine article Screen International

Marnie Dickens, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

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WRITER: Marnie Dickens is a writer who is very much in demand, and this is her year.

Her compelling five-part BBC3 series Thirteen began its shoot in August, and is set for transmission in early 2016 (it will go out on BBC America as part of the deal with AMC Networks).

Impressively deep and textured, it's about a 26-year-old girl who was abducted aged 13 - but the drama begins with her escape.

Hailing from the Chiltern Valley, Dickens read history at Oxford University and worked initially as a stand-in for Jane Horrocks before becoming a runner on a variety of TV shows, a third AD and, finally, a writer.

"None of it was planned," she says. "I love that I know the ground-floor element and what it means to shoot what I write, but that wouldn't get in the way of me writing a night sequence, for example."

Dickens knows it's about luck and timing in this business. …

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