HBO getting ‘Dirty’ with Brocklehurst

Hot Brit scribe has series in development

EXCLUSIVE: One of the U.K.’s hottest TV writers is taking aim at the U.S. with a series in development at HBO.

Danny Brocklehurst, whose credits include Brit breakouts “Shameless” and “Talk to Me,” will write and exec produce “Dirty,” a half-hour comedy about a Chicago cop involved in illicit affairs on and off the job.

Also exec producing are Caryn Mandabach and Andrea Arnold (“Fishtank”), with the latter attached to direct.

“It’s a dream come true to work with HBO,” Brocklehurst said. “People think the British make good television, but the Brits look at HBO and Showtime and say what they’re doing is amazing.”

Brocklehurst was head writer for BAFTA Award-winning “Shameless,” which has since been adapted in the U.S. as a series on Showtime. He was not involved in the adaptation but found it fascinating to watch from afar.

“Starting over like that in the States and re-creating from the ground up with fabulous actors was exciting to see,” he said of the William H. Macy skein. “It seems to worked in transition pretty well.”

This isn’t Brocklehurst’s first try at the U.S. He developed drama pilot “Life After Marriage” with Shonda Rhimes for ABC, which ultimately passed on the project for the 2011-12 season.

“It was a very eye-opening experience working with ABC like that for a few months and seeing how they operate,” Brocklehurst said. “It’s a lot different than working in the U.K. I’m sure cable will be a different beast again.”

More recently he co-created with Paul Abbott the limited series “Exile,” which stars Jim Broadbent and John Simm. He’s also written for series “Clocking Off” and “Sorted.”

Brocklehurst is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment and the U.K.-based United Agents.

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