About Mainstreet

Mainstreet Pictures is a drama independent run by joint M.D.s Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie. Mainstreet Pictures’ aim is to create standout quality drama that resonates with a broad audience, both in the UK and internationally. We’re not elitist or niche, but believe that no subject is off-limits – it’s the telling not the tale.

We are working with a wide range of writers, both experienced and new to television. Mainstreet Pictures wants to create democratic, emotionally intelligent drama that reflects the interests of a modern audience. Mainstreet are unable to accept unsolicited submissions of literary material or ideas unless submitted through an established agent.

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To Tom Courtenay for winning Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Bafta’s for Unforgotten



Pre-production has started on the second series of Unforgotten.

The critically acclaimed drama, was written and created by Chris Lang and focused on a ‘cold’ murder case of 39 years ago, when the bones of a young man were found beneath the footings of a demolished house.

In this first series, that has gripped ITV drama viewers, Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar took the lead roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, the modern day police team who gradually unravelled deep-rooted and long-forgotten secrets, that had a dramatic impact on their murder investigation and the lives of four potential suspects – Father Robert Greaves (Bernard Hill), Sir ‘Frank’ Philip Cross (Trevor Eve), Lizzie Wilton (Ruth Sheen), and Eric Slater (Tom Courtenay). The slow revelation of these secrets as Cassie and Sunny hunted for the killer altered the dynamic of the suspect’s families and loved ones forever.

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series, which will once again be written by Chris Lang. The executive producers are Sally Haynes, Chris Lang and Laura Mackie.

Steve November today said: “We are pleased with the audience response to Unforgotten and I am delighted to announce that it will be returning for a second series with a brand new story from the writer Chris Lang and Mainstreet Pictures, a winning formula who have kept ITV drama viewers gripped throughout the first series.”

Creator and writer Chris Lang said: “I am immensely excited to be writing a second series of Unforgotten and relish the challenge of introducing a brand new story, where long buried secrets will once again be slowly brought to light.”

Cast and filming dates will be announced at a later date.



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Our team



Laura was Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV between 2007 and 2013 when she set up Mainstreet Pictures with Sally Haynes. Her commissions include ‘Kingdom’, ‘Primeval’, ‘Lost in Austen’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and thrillers: ‘Collision’, ‘Whitechapel’, ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Above Suspicion’ plus single films ‘My Boy Jack’ and ‘Englishman in New York’. In Autumn 2010 Laura oversaw the ratings busting ‘Downton Abbey’ as well as ‘Little House’ and ‘DCI Banks’. Laura commissioned successful returning series ‘Scott & Bailey’ and ‘Vera’ as well as the supernatural thriller ‘Marchlands’, single film ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’, ‘The Jury’, ‘Endeavour’ and BAFTA award winning factual drama ‘Appropriate Adult’. 2013 saw the successful launch and recommission of period series ‘Mr Selfridge’ and the ratings busting and acclaimed emotional thriller ‘Broadchurch’ starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman which won BAFTA for best serial in 2013. Laura was awarded the RTS Judges’ Award in 2012 for her contribution to television drama.

Prior to ITV Laura was Head of Drama Series and Serials at the BBC. During this time she oversaw a diverse output including ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’, ‘Cutting It’, and the period adaptations ‘Daniel Deronda’, ‘Charles II’, ‘North & South’ and ‘To The Ends of the Earth’. She has also overseen ‘State of Play’, ‘Canterbury Tales’, ‘The Long Firm’, ‘Blackpool’, ‘The Line of Beauty’, and the BAFTA award winning serial ‘Bleak House’ and one-off dramas, ‘Flesh and Blood’ and ‘Hawking’.



Sally was Controller of Drama at ITV between 2007 and 2013 when she set up Mainstreet Pictures with Laura Mackie. Her commissions include ‘Kingdom’, ‘Primeval’, ‘Lost in Austen’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and thrillers: ‘Whitechapel’, ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Above Suspicion’ plus single films ‘My Boy Jack’ and ‘Englishman in New York’. In Autumn 2010 Sally oversaw the ratings busting ‘Downton Abbey’ as well as ‘Scott & Bailey’. More recently Sally commissioned successful returning series ‘DCI Banks’, ‘Vera’ and ‘Endeavour’ as well as the supernatural thriller ‘Marchlands’ and single films ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ and BAFTA award winning ‘Appropriate Adult’. In 2013 she oversaw the return of the second series of the hugely successful ‘Mr Selfridge’ and commissioned the ratings success and BAFTA award winning thriller ‘Broadchurch’.

Prior to ITV Sally was Executive Producer at the BBC in the Drama Serials department, working with Laura Mackie through the merger of the department with Drama Series before becoming Senior Executive Producer responsible for the development of drama produced in Manchester and Birmingham. During this time she oversaw a diverse output including ‘Cutting It’, ‘Canterbury Tales’, ‘Blackpool’ and the BAFTA award winning serial ‘Bleak House’.

Sally joined the BBC as a script editor and worked on a variety of programmes including ‘Casualty’, ‘The Choir’ and ‘Out Of The Blue’. In 1995 she left the BBC to become Deputy Head of Drama at HTV working on a slate of projects including ‘Poldark’ and ‘Wycliffe’. She returned to the BBC in 1998 before joining United as a Producer and Executive Producer where she worked on projects including ‘Where the Heart Is’ and ‘Hearts and Bones’.



Maggie Boden has over twenty years’ experience working in television drama across all genres. Her credits as a script editor and producer range from prime time series such as ‘Spooks’, ‘This Life’, ‘The Lakes’, and ‘Undercover Heart’  for the BBC, to ‘Dead Set’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ for C4. She started as a script editor and producer on ‘Casualty’ and ‘EastEnders’ and in 2001 developed ‘River City’ as Series Producer for BBC Scotland.

She recently returned to the BBC where she developed a number of factual dramas with the Current Affairs department, including the BBC2 single ‘Rioters In Their Own Words’. Maggie worked as a Commissioning Executive at ITV where she oversaw the third series of ‘Scott & Bailey’ and commissions including the ratings winner, ‘Prey’.



Carmel Maloney has joined Mainstreet Pictures as Head of Production after 20 years experience working in the tv industry on a wide variety of singles, series and mini series across the BBC and ITV including P.D James Inspector Dalgleish, Canterbury Tales, Line of Beauty, Waking the Dead, Lark Rise to Candleford and Criminal Justice.

For the last three years Carmel has worked as a Co-Producer on Mr Selfridge and The Musketeers.



For a number of years Gwen worked in tv and film production. After working as a production coordinator on The Bletchley Circle, Gwen went on to join World Productions in 2012 where she worked on a number of development projects and script edited the second series of The Bletchley Circle and Code of a Killer for ITV.

Gwen joined Mainstreet Pictures in  2015 as the script editor on Unforgotten and will be script editing I Want My Wife Back later this year as well as working on development projects.



Laura Jayne joined Mainstreet Pictures in August 2015 after 8 years as a PA in the Drama Commissioning Department at ITV. It was here that Laura Jayne first worked as PA to Laura and Sally during their time as Drama Commissioners. Prior to working at ITV, Laura Jayne has worked as a PA in advertising, talent management and music entertainment.

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