As yet the only Gale scripts to make it to the screen have been two episodes of a very camp and not terribly successful Carlton TV series about a girls’ finishing school in the 1950s – Head Over Heels! But now shooting has finished on his first original drama, Man in An Orange Shirt. Highlighting the contrasting challenges faced by gay male couples between the 1940s and the present, and blessed with an extraordinary cast, it is a co-production between Kudos and BBC1 and currently being edited with a view to a spring transmission.
He is also working on an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s masterpiece, The Age of Innocence for the same team, writing a feature length adaptation of Rose Tremain’s The Housekeeper for Headstrong, and adapting his novel A Place Called Winter as a four part serial for Blueprint and the BBC.
Patrick’s screenwriting to date includes:
Kansas In August
Adapted from his novel as a feature film with co-writer Ian (Venus Peter) Sellar. This was commissioned by the Really Useful Picture Group and subsequently developed by BBC Films, Carabosse and DNA.
Little Bits of Baby
Adapted as a TV miniseries from his novel. This was commissioned by the Really Useful Picture Group and subsequently developed by the BBC.
Adam and Steve
The first episode plus outlines of a gay sitcom commissioned by BBC2. The co-writers would have included Kevin (My Night With Reg) Elyot.
A Slight Chill
Adapted as a feature film from his short story about schoolgirl vampirism in Dangerous Pleasures. This was commissioned by Screenage Pictures.
An original feature film about a sensible, unmarried woman who falls in love with her teenage niece’s boyfriend. This was commissioned by Angela Pope, who was to have directed Kansas in August.
This was a feature film adaptation for Ireland’s Great Western Films.
Think of England
An original feature film based on an idea by Paul Oremland. A gay teacher’s quiet life turns to nightmare when his lover is murdered and he discovers he was threatening to go public about sleeping with a prince of the House of Windsor. This was commissioned by Fulcrum TV.
Notes From an Exhibition
Currently being developed as a feature film by Cannes Camera d’Or winner, Anthony Chen for Potboiler with a script by playwright, Helen Edmundson.
Enquiries about any of the above projects should be directed to Yasmin McDonald at United Agents – see professional contacts.