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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From the pen of the award-winning Debbie Horsfield, writer of Poldark and creator of Cutting It, comes contemporary new drama series Age Before Beauty.

A failing family-run beauty salon based in Manchester provides the perfect backdrop for Debbie Horsfield’s new series, and reunites the team behind the much loved hit show Cutting It.

Made by Mainstreet Pictures (Unforgotten, I Want My Wife Back, Him) for BBC One, Age Before Beauty explores a fascination with staying young, a fear of ageing, instant gratification and long-term relationships in an irresistible setting. Family feuds and bitter rivalries, professional and personal, escalate as we follow the lives and loves of the workers in the salon amongst the Botox, fillers and face-lifts. Will secrets and lies destroy the family – or liberate it?

Debbie Horsfield says: “I’m thrilled to be working with long-term colleagues Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes again. This will be our first collaboration since Cutting It, and we’re looking forward to turning the spotlight on the subject of ageing: growing older gracefully – or disgracefully!”

Laura Mackie says: “Debbie is writing at the top of her game and in Age Before Beauty she’s created a colourful and memorable set of characters and a story that examines our obsession with the ageing process in an emotional, entertaining and surprising way.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “Age Before Beauty has it all: a dysfunctional family, bitter rivalries and botox! BBC One is the proud home of Debbie Horsfield’s new contemporary series that is set to be the Cutting It for a new generation.”

Married to Wesley for 25 years, Bel has spent the last 18 years as a homemaker and mum to their twins, but having just waved them off to university, now has a void in her life. Enter Teddy, brother-in-law and long-time Best Friend, begging her to step in and rescue the family business – a down-at-heel beauty salon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Like Bel, it could do with a bit of a face-lift. And possibly a clear-out, since it employs her high-maintenance family: mother Ivy-Rae (body building coach and spray tan technician), sisters Leanne (part- time nail-technician, part-time personal stylist), Tina (‘body artist’ aka tattooist) and Heidi (fillers and Botox, Cosmetic Surgery addict) mother to Disney, plump, 7 year old wannabe Pageant Queen.

Into the mix comes beautiful 20-something Personal Trainer Lorelei who seems to have caught Wes’s eye…can Bel reconcile the demands of her business, her warring family and the problems in her marriage?

Writer and creator Debbie Horsfield will executive produce alongside Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, Joint Managing Directors of Mainstreet Pictures; and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.

Age Before Beauty was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer, Acting Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.


HIM by Paula Milne


“Maybe it’s true what they say – the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Katherine Kelly, James Murray and Patrick Robinson are to star in HIM, a three-part ‘domestic horror’ drama from the producers of Unforgotten, Mainstreet Pictures.

Written by the multi award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne, HIM is due to begin filming in suburban London later this month. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge, The Sound of Music Live), James Murray (Suspects, Cucumber, Primeval), Patrick Robinson (Mount Pleasant, Casualty, Holby City) are joined by Simona Brown (The Casual Vacancy, Murdered by My Boyfriend) and newcomer Fionn Whitehead.

The story focuses on a 17-year-old boy, known only in the drama as HIM (Fionn Whitehead), who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, mum Hannah (Katherine Kelly) and dad Edward (James Murray), each now remarried with new families. Patrick Robinson plays step dad Victor, Simona Brown as stepsister Faith and Lucy Liemann as step mum Beth.

HIM is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their newfound domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”. But his behavior is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother, played by Susan Jameson (Casualty, New Tricks) understands, who urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.

When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith (Simona Brown) moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her.  They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family.  The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.

Alec Newman (The Bastard Executioner, The Last Kingdom) stars as Psychotherapist Clive, and Anastasia Hille (You, Me & the Apocalypse, Not Safe for Work) is also cast as Professor of Physic Research Magda Elliot.

This striking and original drama focuses on life’s major themes: the painful breakdown of relationships, love, loss, betrayal and passion. At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles not to lose his humanity and control his supernatural power.

HIM has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.

The drama will be executive produced by Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes and produced by Chrissy Skinns (The Last Kingdom, Mr Selfridge, Marchlands) and directed by Andy De Emmony (Lucky Man, Recovery, God On Trial and Bletchley Circle).

Paula Milne is known for writing The Virgin Queen, The Politician’s Husband, White Heat, Small Island, The Nightwatch and Endgame.


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





Critically acclaimed ITV drama series Unforgotten starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar returns to production later this month (June 2016).

Nicola and Sanjeev will be joined by Mark Bonnar (Undercover, Shetland, Catastrophe) Rosie Cavaliero (Prey, Hunderby, The Enfield Haunting), Lorraine Ashbourne (Jericho, The Interceptor, New Tricks), Badria Timimi (EastEnders, DCI Banks, Killing Jesus) Charlie Condou (You, Me and the Apocalypse, Coronation Street, Casualty), Holly Aird (Page Eight, The Promise, Identity), Nigel Lindsay (You, Me and the Apocalypse, Foyle’s War, Poirot), Peter Egan (Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Doctor Who) and Wendy Craig (Death in Paradise, Doctors, Marple).

The second series will feature a brand new story from creator and writer Chris Lang who once again explores the fallout from the investigation into an historic murder case.

The story begins with the discovery of a body.  This time the perfectly preserved remains of a middle aged man found in a sealed suitcase in the silt of the River Lea in northeast London.  As Cassie and Sunny begin the complicated task of trying to identify the victim, we will meet four unconnected people who we suspect are linked in some way to the victim.



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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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