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John Lunn - Composer Profile

John Lunn’s music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans a wide spectrum of musical styles. Classically trained, yet contemporary in attitude, he combines a highly intelligent and sensitive approach with a sound that always hits at the emotional heart of a piece. His scores, which match the highest production values with a continual desire to discover new colours and sounds, are continuously in high demand. He is probably best known for scoring the hugely successful flagship ITV/NBC/PBS/Carnival Films drama, Downton Abbey, for which he has received two Primetime Emmy Awards, in 2012 and 2013 and a further nomination in 2014.

John’s recent work includes ITV/PBS/Lovely Day’s adaption of The Grantchester Mysteries by author James Runcie, Red Planet’s epic WW1 drama The Passing Bells, the feature film Electricity starring Agyness Deyn, just released in the UK; Burton And Taylor (starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter), Shetland, The White Queen (based on the bestselling novel by Phillipa Gregory), for which he also received a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2014, and the re-imagining of Hitchcock’s classic The Lady Vanishes, all for the BBC.

He is currently scoring The Last Kingdom, an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best selling “The Saxon Stories” for BBC/BBC America. 2015 will also see him working on Downton Abbey series 6, and a further series of Grantchester.

He has received critical acclaim for three adaptations of Charles Dickens classics: the BBC/Masterpiece centenary adaptation of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award (2013), a 14-part re-imagining of Little Dorrit (2008), which garnered both a BAFTA nomination and his first Primetime Emmy nomination, and Bleak House (2006), for which he received RTS Best Score and Best Title nominations.

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THE PASSING BELLS Red Planet Pictures
Directors: Brendan Maher
Producer: Nick Pitt
Starring: Jack Lowden, Patrick Gibson, Johnny Gibbon, Wilf Scolding
GRANTCHESTER Lovely Day
Directors: Harry Bradbeer, Tim Fywell, Jill Robertson
Producer: Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
Starring: James Norton, Robson Green
BURTON AND TAYLOR BBC
Director: Richard Laxton
Producer: Lachlan Mackinnon
Starring: Helena Bonham-Carter, Dominc West
THE WHITE QUEEN BBC
Director: James Kent
Producer: Gina Cronk
Executive Producer: Colin Callender, George Faber, Philippa Gregory, John Griffin, Eurydice Gysel, Polly Hill, Charles Pattinson
Starring: Ben Lamb, Tom Mckay, Aneurin Barnard, Veerle Baetens, Caroline Goodall
*** EMMY Award Nomination: Original Dramatic Score for a Mini-series 2014***
THE LADY VANISHES BBC
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Producer: Annie Tricklebank
Starring: Keeley Hawes, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Julian Rhind-Tutt
DOWNTON ABBEY Carnival Films
Series I, II, III, IV & V
Director: Brian Percival, Ben Bolt, Brian Kelly, Andy Goddard, Ashley Pearce, James Strong
Producer: Liz Trubridge, Nigel Marchant, Rebecca Eaton, Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer: Gareth Neame
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Dan Stevens, Brendan Coyle
*** EMMY Award Nomination: Original Dramatic Score for a Series 2014***
*** 2014 Music+Sound Awards Winner: Title Music and Branding***
***EMMY Award Winner : Original Dramatic Score for a Series 2013***
***EMMY Award Winner: Original Dramatic Score for a Series 2012***
***BAFTA Award Nomination: Best Original TV Music 2011 & 2012***
***IVOR Novello Award Nomination: Best Original TV Music 2012***
***RTS Award Nomination: Best Music Original Titles
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD BBC/MASTERPIECE
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Anne Pivcevic, Rebecca Eaton
Starring: Matthew Rhys, Freddie Fox, Rory Kinnear
***IVOR Novello Award Nomination: Best Original TV Music 2013***
SHETLAND (Series 1 & 2) BBC
Director: Peter Hoar
Producer: Sue De Beauvoir
Starring: Douglas Henshall
***RTS Award Nomination: Best Music Original Titles 2013***
MARCHLANDS ITV
Director: James Kent
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Executive Producer: Kate Lewis, Kate Bartlett
THE SILENCE Company Pictures
Director: Dearbhla Walsh
Producer: Eleanor Greene
Executive Producer: George Faber, Charles Pattinson

GOING POSTAL Sky1 / Mob Films
Director: Jon Jones
Producer: Sue De Beauvoir
Executive Producers: Vadim Jean, Ian Sharples, Rod Brown
Starring: David Suchet, Charles Dance, Andrew Sachs, Steve Pemberton, Tamsin Greig
***Winner Best TV Score: RTS Awards 2010***
*** BAFTA CRAFT AWARD Nomination 2010***
***Ivor Novello Award Nomination Best Original TV Score 2011***
TURN OF THE SCREW BBC
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Colin Wratten
Executive Producer: Jessica Pope
LITTLE DORRIT BBC
Directors: Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh
Producers: Lisa Osborne, Anne Pivcevic
Starring: Matthew MacFadyen, Andy Serkis, Mackenzie Crook, Freema Agyeman, Emma Pierson
***BAFTA Craft Nomination 2009: Best Original TV Music***
*** EMMY Nominated for Outstanding Miniseries Original Score 2009***
IDENTITY ITV
Director: Brendan Maher
Producer: Lachlan MacKinnon
Executive Producer: Kate Bartlett
Starring: Aidan Gillen, Keeley Hawes
MATERIAL GIRL Carnival/BBC
Directors: Cilla Ware, Sarah O'Gorman, Philip John
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Starring: Dervla Kirwan
HARLEY STREET Carnival/ITV1
Director: Paul Whittington
Producer: Joy Spink
CRIMINAL JUSTICE Tiger Aspect/BBC
Directors: Otto Bathurst, Luke Watson
Producer: Pier Wilkie
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Pete Postlethwaite
***RTS Award Winner 2008: Best Original Score***
HOTEL BABYLON (Series 3 & 4) Carnival/BBC
Directors: Alrick Riley, Ian B Macdonald
Producer: Chris Aird
***Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2007: Best Original Score***
THE STREET (Series II) Granada Television
Director: John Chapman
Producers: David Blair, Terry McDonagh
THE SHADOW IN THE NORTH BBC / NOVA-WHBH BOSTON
Director: John Alexander
Producer: Kate Bartlett
FRANKENSTEIN Impossible Pictures
Director: Jed Mercurio
Producer: Hugh Warren
TORN TXTV
Director: Sarah Harding
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
HOUSEWIFE 49 ITV
Director: Gavin Millar
Producer: Piers Wenger
THE AMAZING MRS. PRITCHARD BBC
Directors: Declan Lowney, Simon Curtis, Katherine Morshead
Producer: Alison Jackson
Starring: Jane Horrocks
***Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2007: Best Original Score***
SORTED BBC
Director: Ian Macdonald, Marc Jobst
Producer: Steve Lightfoot
SEE NO EVIL Granada
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Lisa Gilchrist
HOTEL BABYLON (Series 1 & 2) BBC/Carnival
Directors: Alrick Riley, Iain B. MacDonald
Executive Producer: Gareth Neame
Producer: Christopher Aird
BLEAK HOUSE BBC
Directors: Justin Chadwick, Susannah White
Producer: Nigel Stafford-Clark
***RTS Award Nomination 2006: Best Original Score & Best Title Music***
20,000 STREETS UNDER THE SKY BBC
Director: Simon Curtis
Producer: Kate Harwood
HEARTLESS Ecosse Films
Director: Nick Laughland
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
PLANESPOTTING Granada
Director: Chr4is Menaul
Producer: Jeff Pope, Francis Hopkinson
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON Ecosse Films
Director: Nick Laughland
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
OUTLAWS World Productions/BBC
Directors: John Alexander, Harry Bradbeer, Richard Laxton
Producer: Victoria Fea
BODIES (Series 1 & 2) Hat Trick Productions/BBC
Director: Sallie Aprahamian, John Strickland, Richard Laxton
Producer: Jed Mercurio
THE MURDER ROOM (Series 1 & 2) BBC
Director: Diamuid Lawrence
Producer: Richard Broke
MURDER IN SUBURBIA Carlton
Director: Ed Bennett
Producer: Joy Spink
AMNESIA Ecosse Films
Director: Nick Laughland
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
HEAR THE SILENCE Zenith/Channel 5
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Adrian Bate
CAMBRIDGE SPIES BBC 1
Director: Tim Fyfll
Producer: Mark Chivas
***FIPA Gold Award 2003***
CARLA ITV
Producer: Alison Jackson, Diamuid Lawrence
WALL OF SILENCE Granada
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Saurabh Kakkar
BLUE MURDER Granada
Director: Paul Wroblewski
Producer: Jane MacNaught
STATE OF MIND ITV/Monogram
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Dave Edwards, Eileen Quinn
AUF WEIDERSEHEN PET BBC 1
Director: Paul Seed
Producer: Joy Spink
SIRENS Scottish TV
Director: Nick Laughland
MURDER ROOMS BBC
Director: Tim Fywell, Paul Marcus, Simon Langton
LORNA DOONE BBC
Director: Mike Barker
2000 ACRES OF SKY BBC/Zenith
Director: Rob Knight
NORTH SQUARE Channel Four/Company TV
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Jonathan Young
LOCK STOCK AND... Ska/Ginger
Director: David Thacker
MADAME BOVARY BBC
Director: Tim Fywell
SECOND SIGHT 20/20 BBC
Director: Charles Beeson
BAD BLOOD Carlton
Director: Tim Fywell
***Ivor Novello Nominated For Best TV Score 2001***
HAMISH MACBETH Zenith/BBC
Director: Nick Renton, Jonas Grimas, Mandie Fletcher
BACK UP BBC
Director: Jan Sargent, Douglas Mackinnon, Bob Blagden
BODYGUARDS Zenith/Carlton
Directors: Chris King, Mary McMurray, Ken Grieve
FINNEY Zenith/YorkshireTV
Director: David Hayman
THE LAST MACHINE BBC
Director: Terry Gilliam


FEATURE FILM

ELECTRICITY Stone City Films
Director: Bryn Higgins
Producer: Clare Duggan
Starring Agyness Dean
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Stone City Films
Director: Bryn Higgins
Producer: Bryn Higgins
GIANT SCREEN BUGS (IMAX FILM) Principal Films
Director: Mike Slee
Narrator: Dame Judi Dench
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS FilmFour
Starring: Kathy Burke, Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans
Director: Shane Meadows
WISDOM OF CROCODILES Zenith Entertainment
Director: Po Chih Leong
BABYMOTHER Formation Films/FilmFour
Director: Julian Henriques
GET REAL Graphite Films/Paramount Classics
Director: Simon Shore
THE LIFE OF STUFF Prairie Pictures/BBC Films
Director: Simon Donald
GETTING HURT BBC Screen Two
Director: Ben Bolt
Producer: Gareth Neame
***Nominated for RTS Best Score 1998***
LEGEND OF THE LOCH IMAX/Principal Films/Large Format
Director: Mike Slee
THE CORMORANT BBC Screen Two
Director: Peter Markham
THE GIFT BBC1 Screenplay
Director: Sandy Johnson
AFTER THE DANCE BBC Performance
Director: Stuart Burge
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL Music Consultant
Director: Mike Newell


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