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. 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’, 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 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.


‘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