Born in Kent, Carole Hayman is well known as an actress, writer and theatre director. She is author of The Warfleet Chronicles and has also written for the Guardian, the Express, The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and had a regular column in the Saturday Independent called "My Lofty Life". She devised and co-wrote The Refuge for Channel 4, and also created the BBC TV drama series Rides. Born and brought up in Leicester, Lou Wakefield is also a writer, director and actress. Highlights of her eclectic career include playing Jackie Woodstock in The Archers and TV appearances including Morse, The Bill and Casualty. She has directed Coronation Street and Brookside, and wrote the award-winning drama series Firm Friends for ITV.