Eileen Atkins is an English actress and occasional screenwriter. She has worked in the theatre, film, and television consistently since 1953. In 2008, she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Cranford. She is also a three-time Olivier Award winner, winning Best Supporting Performance in 1988 (for multiple roles) and Best Actress for The Unexpected Man (1999) and Honour (2004). She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2001.
Kate Atkinson won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year Award with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. She is the author of other best-selling novels and Abandonment, her first full-length play, premiered at the Traverse Theatre in 2000.
Mohammad Al Attar has been a member of the Theatre Studio Group in Damascus since 2006 and works on a variety of projects as a dramaturg, including productions at the Syrian Opera House.
Jane Austen (1775–1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the landed gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.
Sam Bain is a TV writer, playwright and novelist. Together with Jesse Armstrong, he co-created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show from 2003–2015. Peep Show has won two British Comedy Awards, two Royal Television Society Awards, a BAFTA and the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writers of the Year. Also with Armstrong, he created Fresh Meat, a team-written comedy-drama about university students, which won two RTS awards and a British Comedy Award. In 2014 Sam and Jesse wrote Babylon, a six-part hour-long comedy-drama series for Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel. The feature-length pilot was directed by Danny Boyle. The duo’s other writing includes the feature film Four Lions (2010), co-written with Chris Morris, which premiered at Sundance and won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.
Sam’s first solo series, three-part comedy thriller Ill Behaviour, was screened on BBC2 and Showtime in 2017. He adapted his novel, Yours Truly, Pierre Stone, for a four-part Radio 4 series broadcast in 2017.
His debut play, The Retreat, was premiered at Park Theatre, London, in 2017.