Philippa Langley
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Philippa Langley

A screenwriter and producer, Philippa Langley led the successful search to locate King Richard III’s grave through her Looking For Richard Project. She is a TAPS writer, a BAFTA Rocliffe shortlisted writer, and finalist in SWF’s Scriptmarket and Channel 4’s ‘Son of the Pitch’ competition. Her 90 minute documentary, The King in the Car Park, made with Channel 4 and Darlow Smithson Productions, was Channel 4’s highest rated specialist factual show ever, going on to win the Royal Television Society Award for 2013 and a 2014 BAFTA nomination. Her screenplay on the life of Richard III is based on Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by military historian Michael Jones, with whom she co-authored The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III in 2013 (US title: The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds) Founder of the Richard III Society’s Scottish Branch, she is a regular contributor to the Ricardian Bulletin and was awarded the Society’s highest accolade, the Robert Hamblin Award in 2012, for finding the remains of the king. In 2014, she co-authored Finding Richard III: The Official Account, the book that details the research behind the Looking For Richard Project that got Philippa to the northern end of the Social Services car park in Leicester in search of the king’s grave. On Saturday 22 August 2015, at the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth, Philippa read the poem ‘Richard’ by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Leicester Cathedral, who commissioned the poem, had dedicated it to her on the evening of the king’s re-interment. In 2015, Philippa was awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her services to ‘the Exhumation and Identification of Richard III’. Philippa is now helping others with their searches whilst also undertaking a new research project on King Richard. She hopes to bring the historical Richard III to life on the screen. For more information, please visit: www.philippalangley.co.uk
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