Philippa 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.
The documentary went on to win the Royal Television Society Award for 2013 and a 2014 BAFTA nomination. Her screenplay Blood Royal 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.
Founder of the Richard III Society’s Scottish Branch, and made its Honourary President in 2015, she is a regular contributor to the Ricardian Bulletin magazine and was awarded the Society’s Robert Hamblin Award in 2012 for finding the mortal remains of Richard III.
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.
On October 9 2015, Philippa was awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by HM 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.