Barbara is a BBC trained script and screenwriter, an author, composer and lyricist.
'Barbara's writing is bold, original and enormous fun. In her screenplay 'Cowboy Girls' she cleverly puts the female at the very epi-centre of the traditionally male genre of the Western.'

Anthony Minghella, Oscar winning
Screenwriter/Producer and Director


Rumpy Pumpy! A case of tea and crumpets

Barbara Jane Mackie is a BBC trained screenwriter. Barbara is currently writing ‘Rumpy Pumpy!’ the film of her stage musical for Carnaby Films International. ’Rumpy Pumpy!‘ played The Kings Head Theatre and Windsor Theatre Royal to popular and critical aclaim. The Kings Head Theatre called Barbara’s Musical “Calendar Girls meets London Road meets Sweet Charity”.

Barbara has also written the screenplay, The Last Chance Mommas which is currently in development. After writing her first screenplay ‘Mimi’ (Media 2 funded) Barbara wrote the screenplay ‘Cowboy Girls’ and is now developing that into a film/musical with a production company in LA.

At the BBC, Barbara developed and commissioned ‘Dangerfield’, the police drama series, ‘Dalziel & Pascoe’, ‘Rumble’ and the film ‘Seed’ which she also produced.  Barbara also developed the award-winning two part film ‘Bad Company’ for the BBC.
Barbara worked in documentaries for Channel 4 and Drama Development at Independent TV Companies World Productions, Kudos TV and ran her own production company, The Bridge, Film & TV Production producing documentaries for the BBC and Channel 5.

Reviews for Rumpy Pumpy!

“The seeds of an exceptionally good story are present in this nugget of WI history, ripe with the eccentricities and enterprise that made Calendar Girls such an engaging piece. A fascinating story, ripe with possibilities.” The Stage, March 2015

ArtsCouncilGrant The remarkable true story of two genteel ladies from the Hampshire Women’s Institute who take it upon themselves to campaign for better conditions for working girls. Rumpy Pumpy! is a charming and very English comedy of manners, with a good social conscience at its heart. Its heart-warming plea for justice is impassioned.’
Entertainment Focus

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Cowboy Girls

Barbara has written the screenplay Cowboy Girls, an exuberant and moving Western set in the 1880′s focusing on the lives of two young peasant Irish Girls, the fearless Maeve and her younger sister Bridge, shy and stammering who escape from their harsh convent in Ireland to sail off to America and head West in the Gold Rush.

Barbara’s Arranger will be Steve Parker and her Musical Supervisor will be John Cameron.

Eat the View

‘Eat the View’ is my first novel – a comedy drama set in rural France.  ‘Eat the View’ – ‘Paradise. Poverty. Passion. One woman digs deep!’ 

Natash Harding, Books Editor  - The Sun newspaper E-Book of the Week, “a very funny book with some truly delicious characters.”

A classic tale of optimism and hope versus life’s often ungenerous reality, the novel picks up the story of wife and mother – and wannabe writer – Alpha O’ Mara, and takes its reader on a well paced, humorous and romantic journey of ex-pat discovery from Brighton beach to the beautiful Charente region of Western France.

‘Eat the View’ is warm, uplifting literary Chick-Lit, perfect for holiday or bedtime. Barbara Jane Mackie has created a witty,  Anglo-French entertainment to tickle the soul!’
Andrew Lucas, Best-selling Kindle Author of ‘Cross Dressed to Kill. 

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