Court &

Writers for film and television

Ben Court and Caroline Ip are film and television screenwriters. Their debut feature, The Hole, based on the novel by Guy Burt, starred Keira Knightley, Thora Birch and Lawrence Fox and has become a classic teenage psycho thriller.  They subsequently penned Cracks, the Jordan Scott helmed feature that starred Eva Green and Juno Temple.

For television, Ben and Caroline created and wrote May Day for Kudos/BBC1 about a May Queen who goes missing and the suspicions this crime raises in small town England.  May Day starred Aiden Gillen, Sophie Okenedo, Pete McDonald, Peter Firth and Lesley Manville.

The first installment of Ben and Caroline's television serial Whitechapel, a three part thriller about a Jack The Ripper copycat killer, had viewing figures of over 8 million on ITV when it aired in January 2009 and was nominated for a 2010 Broadcast Award for Best New Programme, the popular series ran for 4 seasons on ITV. 

They are currently developing new projects for television and film in the UK and the US. 



Writer & Creator 

Drama about Victorian female Detective

ITV Studios

Original series in development with The Forge

The Forge
Pilot 6 x 60'
Sid Gentle Films
In development

A family go abroad to escape their demons.

Working Title Television
In development

Adaptation of bestselling thriller by Ruth Ware.

In development
6 x 60'

Original in development. 

Carnival for BBC
The Boys
Pilot 6 x 60'
Sid Gentle for ITV
In development
Director Jon East
  • Phil Davis
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Fourth series of the crime drama
    Carnival Films for ITV1
    5 x 60'
    Producer Jane Featherstone
  • Peter Firth
  • Max Fowler
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Lesley Manville
  • When a girl goes missing before a village fair suspicion falls on various members of the community
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
    Producer David Boulter
  • Phil Davis
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Third series of the popular drama
    Carnival Films for ITV1
    Inspector Resnick
    Pilot for 60'
    Producer George Faber
    Adaptation of the detective novels by John Harvey
    Company Pictures for ITV1
    In development
  • Phil Davies
  • Alex Jennings
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Follow up to the popular crime series

    Carnival Films for ITV1
    Producer Marcus Wilson
  • Phil Davis
  • Alex Jennings
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Rupert Penry Jones
  • Thriller about a Jack the Ripper copycat killer
    Carnival Films for ITV1
    Director David Drury
  • Samantha Beckinsale
  • Kelly Harrison
  • Owne Teale
  • Stephen Tompkinson
  • Dark psychological thriller
    Company Pictures for ITV



    Producer Sally Woodward Gentle

    Supernatural thriller

    Sid Gentle, Ingenious
    In development
    Director Jordan Scott
  • Sinead Cusack
  • Eva Green
  • Imogen Poots
  • Juno Temple
  • Acclaimed thriller set in a remote girls' boarding school in the 1930s
    Optimum Releasing
    Scott Free
    Producer Jeremy Bolt
    Director Niok Hamm
  • Thora Birch
  • Keira Knightley
  • Thriller set amongst a group of teens at a boarding school
    Cowboy Films