In Conversation: Leigh McGrath & Stephen M Irwin

13 Feb 2020 | GOMA | Cinema A

Join us for a lively and exclusive in conversation event with Harrow Season 3 creators Leigh McGrath and Stephen M Irwin, co-presented with Screen Queensland. To attend this free event, please RSVP through Eventbrite.


Our lovable, irritating, smart and flawed renegade pathologist Dr Daniel Harrow returns for a third season. After 20 episodes, many viewers thought they knew all there was to know about our conflicted, eponymous protagonist, a man at once morally upright with his own unshakeable code of conduct, yet who can also be secretive, sly, and has already killed twice.

But there is much more to discover – truths and half-truths that will pull our feelings one way then another as Harrow himself learns more about his family… and himself. In the end, of course, he will remain the maverick we love, but one with even more layers which we peel away week-by-week as he and the QIFM team solve intriguing episodic mysteries. There is one big question that kickstarts Season 3: Is that really Harrow’s son lying dead in his own morgue?


Stephen is a screenwriter and novelist. His acclaimed supernatural novels The Dead Path and The Broken Ones were published internationally and are both in the process of adaptation to the screen. Stephen was creator and writer of Australian crime drama series Secrets & Lies (made originally for Network Ten and remade in the USA for ABC). He wrote the feature Australia Day (Foxtel), miniseries Wake in Fright (NetworkTen), was head writer on Tidelands (Netflix), and is co-creator and head writer of forensic crime drama Harrow which is now filming its third season.


Leigh McGrath is an AACTA nominated Producer and Writer who co-created Harrow with Stephen M Irwin, along with the hit Netflix series, Tidelands. Before this, Leigh produced the crime thriller Secrets & Lies for Network Ten; The Strange Calls for ABC2; and the feature film Australia Day, starring Bryan Brown. He also produced Athelstan’s Journal based on the hit US drama series Vikings. Leigh has worked extensively internationally, where he wrote and script produced drama series in Europe and the UK, including ITV’s long-running police drama series The Bill. He also worked for the BBC on variety of drama productions, including The Lost Christmas with Eddie Izzard, M.I. High, Roy and Me & My Monsters. Before this, Leigh was a scriptwriter and script producer on numerous Australian drama series including Home & Away, Out of the Blue and Winners & Losers.