Barbara is a BBC trained script and screenwriter, an author, composer and lyricist.

Rumpy Pumpy! A case of tea and crumpetsloans with bad credit

Barbara Jane Mackie is a BBC trained screenwriter and has written the musical screenplay ‘Rumpy Pumpy!’ the film of her stage musical. ’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’, an action adventure comedy film.

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

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‘Cowboy Girls’

Barbara has written and composed the musical screenplay ‘Cowboy Girls’, an exuberant, action adventure Western, set in the 1880′s.

‘Cowboy Girls’ was developed by Anthony Minghella who called the screenplay: ‘bold, highly original and enormous fun and a film which puts the female at the very epicentre of the Western and so reinvents a flagging genre.’

When an educated society heiress joins a wagon train heading West, tracking down the British charlatan who jilted her, she meets two rough and ready Irish peasant girls looking for gold. The girls are dressed as male cowhands, and when the heiress joins them, they go undercover in an all-male world and through a series of comic misadventures, become unlikely soul mates, getting revenge on the charlatan and embarking on the ride of a life time!

Barbara is working with esteemed Musical Arranger John Cameron (‘Les Miserables’, ‘Kes’ and many more films) and all musical sketches are on the website:


‘The Last Chance Mommas’ 

‘The Last Chance Mommas’ tells the moving tale of Macy, a Cruise Ship singer who returns the Isle of Wight, where she grew up, called back by the long-lost daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. 

When her daughter, Sophie, (now pregnant, and unbeknown to Macy, slowly dying of cancer) asks her mother to form an all female band to play at a benefit concert, Macy has to scramble to drag together all her school mates on the Isle of Wight.  No easy task! When Sheena, Macy’s long lost mother, an alcoholic ex-Punk star, turns up on the island, Macy’s life gets complicated as she struggles to put on a show for her dying daughter.

A film with real heart – a British ‘A Star is Born.’

Script available.
The Rank Way