Biography

rob_gittinsRob has written for numerous top-rated network UK TV shows, including CASUALTY, THE BILL, EASTENDERS, EMMERDALE, STELLA, VERA, HEARTBEAT, SOLDIER SOLDIER and THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER.

Although Rob has written for many different series, he’s written most consistently for EASTENDERS. To date, Rob is the longest serving writer currently working on EASTENDERS and has written over two hundred and fifty episodes of the programme. In 2015, Rob received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on the show.

Rob also co-created and wrote all eight episodes of the BBC1 prime time drama series TIGER BAY as well co-creating and writing a three-part political thriller for ITV, IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS.

For the Welsh fourth channel Rob has story-lined over two thousand episodes of the popular daily drama serial POBOL Y CWM (PEOPLE OF THE VALLEY) as well as co-creating the drama series HALEN YN Y GWAED (SALT IN THE BLOOD) which ran for four series.

For BBC Radio 4, Rob has written twenty original radio plays, over a hundred episodes of THE ARCHERS and a ten-part children’s drama series.  Rob’s radio production LOSING PARADISE, a six part thriller co-produced by the BBC, ABC in Australia and CBC in Canada, won the Gold Drama Award at The New York International Radio Festival.  Rob has also written a four-part radio late night drama serial for Radio 4, NIGHTMOVES.

Rob’s radio drama, GWYNFOR v MARGARET, transmitted in November 2012 and his latest radio play, a dramatisation of the extraordinary story of the Operation Julie drugs bust – titled simply, JULIE – transmitted on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 26 September 2014 at 2.15pm and was repeated on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 7 October 2016.

Rob has also written a non-fiction account of the last days in the life of Dylan Thomas, published by Macdonald and based on a documentary Rob initiated for ITV, THE FAR-AGO LAND. This production won the Documentary prize at the Celtic and San Francisco Film Festivals.

Rob’s TV drama, DOUBTING THOMAS was made as a German/Irish co-production between Littlebird Films and Tatfilm.

Rob was joint lead writer and Executive Producer on CRASH, a drama series for BBC Wales from Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures – and Rob was also Script Executive and writer on STELLA, a comedy-drama series for Sky 1 HD created by and featuring Ruth Jones (GAVIN AND STACEY).

Rob wrote for the BBC 1, multi-award-winning Drama Series, THE INDIAN DOCTOR and Rob is also currently developing two new drama series for the company behind THE INDIAN DOCTOR, Rondo Cyf. Rob has also been writing stories for the ITV Studios series, VERA.

Rob’s short film SACRIFICE, was released theatrically and Rob’s feature film, BLUE MONDAY, directed by Bafta-Award winner, Suzanne Phillips, has now been completed. BLUE MONDAY was selected for a highly successful BAFTA screening in June 2016.

Rob is working on two further feature film scripts, BILLY FENNER IS A PILLOCK, a road movie featuring two poachers and an illicitly-acquired four-hundred pound fish – and TAKE THREE GIRLS, in which three prostitutes are persuaded to attend an Outward Bound course as an alternative to prison.

Rob has recently completed his first novel, GIMME SHELTER, a crime thriller set in the hidden world of witness protection. GIMME SHELTER is the first in a planned series of novels utilising the same setting and focusing on the same principal characters. GIMME SHELTER was published by Y Lolfa in September 2013 and attracted rave reviews. GIMME SHELTER has been optioned for TV by the acclaimed makers of NEW TRICKS, the Warners Brothers subsidiary, Wall To Wall TV.

Rob’s second novel, THE POET AND THE PRIVATE EYE,  was published by Y Lolfa in the summer of 2014 and Rob’s third novel, SECRET SHELTER, the much-anticipated sequel to GIMME SHELTER was published, also by Y Lolfa, in July 2015. A fourth, stand-alone, novel, INVESTIGATING MR WAKEFIELD, was published by Y Lolfa in April, 2016.

Rob’s fifth novel – HEAR THE ECHO – will be published by Y Lolfa in July 2018. The novel employs a dual narrative to tell the story of two women – Chiara, who moves from Italy to Wales, and Frankie, who travels in the opposite direction almost one hundred years later. The two women never meet, but as their joint experiences begin to resonate down through time, their journeys intersect. And each becomes as real to the other as if they’d physically breathed the same air.