* BBC Writersroom - WINNER
It's not terribly well-known, but the City of London Police Force has the best trained, best financed, and most successful anti-terrorism squad in the world.
Every terrorist group, extremist, anti-fascist, hostile foreign government, and crazed anarchist, bent on disrupting the flow of money through the worlds financial centre, the Square Mile, targets the City.
A thousand threats a day are levelled at the Square Mile and protecting it, and, therefore, protecting Britain, is the sole responsibility of the City of London's elite Counter Terrorism and Public Order Office -- the CTPO.
For two hundred years' the CTPO have drawn on the unlimited financial resources the City offers, and the political power of the British aristocracy, to turn the Square Mile into a fortress.
Concrete chicanes, armed guards, steel barriers, and thousands of cameras linked through a state of the art technological web that links the CTPO to an army of private security operatives employed by the great banking houses.
All of this designed to ensure that the endless flood of money that finances Britain and the world, flows uninterrupted.
But who's really in charge and how far will they go to keep the money flowing?
WHAT IF THE WAR ON TERROR WAS GOOD
THE MONEY STEAL FOR THE FUN
I find an awful lot of UK TV dramas incredibly BORING. The ones about some complicated, miserable, police officer with 'personal issues', who's always investigating a lunatic who's industriously dismembering, and brutalising women.
Which is, franly, horrible, and I don't get what's FUN in that.
So, I decided to come up with a TV drama that'd be fun. The result was HEIST SOCIETY, which is my attempt to update Raffles, The Gentleman Thief, and do a 'Sherlock' on it.
It's about an aging gentleman thief (HUGH LAURIE, in my dreams,) who takes on a young apprentice after she tries, and fails, to burgle him. He trains her up to be the best cat-burglar in London, but they only target the super-rich, the super-venal, and the super-entitled, and the goal ISN'T to make money, it's to have FUN. His NEMESIS is an aging, old-skool copper on the brink of retirement (in my even wilder dreams, STEPHEN FRY), who wants to cap his career by brining the gentleman thief to justice.
No one bought it. I guess it was too much fun.
So it goes.