Jed Mercurio

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Jed Mercurio
Born
Gerald Gary Mercurio[1][2][3][4]

September 1966 (age 52–53)
NationalityBritish
EducationUniversity of Birmingham Medical School
OccupationTelevision writer, producer, director and novelist
Home townCannock, Staffordshire, England
Partner(s)Elaine Cameron
Children2

Gerald Gary "Jed" Mercurio (born September 1966) is a British television writer, producer, director and novelist. A former hospital doctor[5] and Royal Air Force officer,[6] Mercurio has been ranked among UK television's leading writers.[7][8] In 2017, Mercurio was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Television Society[9] and the Baird Medal by RTS Midlands.[10]

His works for television include the series Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Bodies (based on his 2002 novel), The Grimleys, and Cardiac Arrest. His books are Bodies (2002), Ascent (2007), American Adulterer (2009) and, for children, The Penguin Expedition (2003).[11]

Early life[edit]

Mercurio was born in Nelson, Lancashire, but grew up in Cannock, Staffordshire.[12] His parents were Italian immigrants, with his father working as a coal miner.[13] He studied at the University of Birmingham Medical School;[5] in his third year, in August 1988, he was commissioned as a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force Medical Branch[6] and received flying training with the University Air Squadron,[5] with the intention of specialising in aviation medicine.[14][15] He was promoted flying officer in June 1991,[16] but resigned his commission in February 1992.[17]

During practice as a hospital physician, Mercurio answered an advertisement in the British Medical Journal and, despite little writing experience,[5] scripted the BBC medical drama Cardiac Arrest under the pseudonym John MacUre.[18] Subsequently he retired from medicine to pursue a writing career under his own name.[12]

Career[edit]

Mercurio's writing debut, Cardiac Arrest (1994–96), caused controversy due to its revisionist depiction of hospital life,[19][20] though the series was twice nominated in the Best Original Drama category by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain[21] and topped a poll of UK medical professionals as the most realistic medical drama of all time.[22] Mercurio served as medical advisor on the second series of Cardiac Arrest, which he cites as his apprenticeship in producing/directing.[14]

Jed Mercurio entered a new genre when he created The Grimleys, a comedy series set in the Black Country which ran for three seasons (1999-2001) on ITV.[23]

Mercurio adapted his first novel, Bodies (2002),[24] into an award-winning television series.[25] Mercurio assumed the producer/showrunner position for the first time on Bodies (2004–06), a role he has fulfilled on all his subsequent original series.[14] The Times ranked Bodies in "Shows of the Decade" and The Guardian placed it in "The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time."[26] The series won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series, was twice nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series and Mercurio was also twice nominated as Best Drama Writer by the Royal Television Society.[27]

His critically acclaimed second novel, Ascent (2007),[28] was ranked among the 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read.[29]

Mercurio's next original drama series, Line of Duty (first broadcast 26 June 2012), premiered as BBC2's then best-performing drama series in 10 years with 4.1 million viewers.[30] A well-received second series (first broadcast 12 February 2014) [31] resulted in the BBC commissioning two further series for production in 2015 and 2016.[32] The first series was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series and earned Mercurio his third nominations as Best Drama Writer by the Royal Television Society and The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.[33] In 2014, Line of Duty was named in the Top 50 BBC2 Shows of All-Time,[34] and named best television drama of the year by The Observer,[35] and in 2016 ranked among the best BBC shows of all time[36] and among the best police series of all time.[37] In 2015, the second series won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series.[38] and was nominated for four BAFTA Awards.[39][40] Series 3 of Line of Duty became the most watched drama series broadcast on BBC2 in the multichannel era.[41] Series 4 transferred to BBC One, consisting of six episodes broadcast from 26 March 2017.[42]

Mercurio's third medical drama series, Critical, ran for 13 episodes on Sky1 from 24 February 2015 to predominantly positive reviews,[43][44][45][46] but was cancelled on 15 July 2015 after one season.[47]

Mercurio created and wrote Bodyguard, serving as showrunner on the six-part series starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes.[48] The series began broadcasting on BBC One on 26 August 2018,[49] achieving the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multichannel era.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Mercurio's long-time partner is Elaine Cameron, a producer and script editor, and they have two children.[51]

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result Work(s)
1994 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Best Original Drama Serial Nominated Cardiac Arrest
1996 Best Original Drama Series Nominated
2003 Sheffield Children's Book Awards Shorter Novel Nominated The Penguin Expedition
2004 Royal Television Society Best Drama Series Nominated Bodies
Royal Television Society Best Drama Writer Nominated
BAFTA Best Drama Series Nominated
2005 Royal Television Society Best Drama Series Won
Royal Television Society Best Drama Writer Nominated
BAFTA Best Drama Series Nominated
2012 Crime Thriller Awards The TV Dagger Nominated Line of Duty
Royal Television Society Midlands Awards Best Drama/Fictional Programme Won
2013 Broadcast Awards Best Drama Series or Serial Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best TV Drama Nominated
South Bank Sky Arts Award TV Drama Nominated
Royal Television Society Best Drama Series Nominated
Royal Television Society Best Drama Writer Nominated
2014 Freesat Awards Best TV Drama Won
Crime Thriller Awards The TV Dagger Nominated
Writers' Guild of Great Britain TV Drama - Long Form Nominated
2015 Broadcast Awards Best Drama Series or Serial Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Drama Writer Nominated
2015 Royal Television Society Awards Best Drama Series Won
BAFTA Television Craft Awards Writer: Drama Nominated
BAFTA Television Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
2015 South Bank Sky Arts Awards TV Drama Nominated
Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Awards Best Drama Won
2016 TV Choice Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Awards Best Drama Nominated
2017 Broadcast Awards Best Drama Series or Serial Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best TV Drama Series Nominated
Royal Television Society Awards Drama Series Nominated
Royal Television Society Awards Drama - Writer Nominated
Celtic Media Festival Awards Best Drama Series Won
TV Choice Awards Best Drama Nominated
British Screenwriters' Awards Best Crime Writing on Television Won
Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Awards Best Drama Won
2018 Writers' Guild of Great Britain TV Drama – Long Form Nominated
National Television Awards Crime Drama Nominated
Irish Film and Television Academy Drama Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Drama Series Won
Writer's Award Won
Voice of the Listener & Viewer Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting Best TV Drama Programme Won
BAFTA Television Awards Drama Series Nominated
Televisual Bulldog Awards Best Drama Series Won
South Bank Sky Arts Awards TV Drama Nominated
Edinburgh TV Awards Best UK Drama Nominated

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "HTM Television". HTM Television. Retrieved 12 May 2019. Hat Trick Mercurio Television Ltd (HTM Television) is a UK production company co-owned by Jed Mercurio and Hat Trick Productions.
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