WILD AT HEART episode written by Niall Leonard.
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RAA RAA THE NOISY LION episode written by Denise Cassar. Image courtesy of © Chapman Entertainment Ltd and Mackinnon and Saunders Ltd 2011.

DOCTORS episode written by Henrietta Hardy.
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WILD AT HEART episode written by Niall Leonard.
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DRIVER DAN’S STORY TRAIN episode written by Rachel Dawson. Image courtesy of © 2010 Story Train Distribution FZ-LLC.

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64 ZOO LANE by An Vrombaut.
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HAUNTED HOGMANAY written and directed by
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TATE PROJECT written by Dave Ingham.
Image courtesy of Aardman Animations Ltd.

Fifty Shades of Grey written by E L James

RASTAMOUSE by Genevieve Webster and Michael de Souza. Image courtesy of The Rastamouse Company Ltd.

THE BORGIAS episode written by Guy Burt for Sky. Courtesy of LB Television Productions Ltd.

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BOB THE BUILDER episode written by Lisa Akhurst.
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LIFE ON MARS written by Matthew Graham.
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CHARLIE AND LOLA written by Samantha Hill.
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DOUBLE JEOPARDY (Chandler and Wilder) written by Stephen Wyatt.

SHADOW OF THE SERPENT written by David Ashton.
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DCI BANKS episode written by Laurence Davey.
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SORRY I’VE GOT NO HEAD by Chris Harris and
Steve Banks (Harrison Banks). Image courtesy of
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THE LEGEND OF DICK AND DOM written by Ciaran
Murtagh and Andrew Jones. Image courtesy of the BBC

ROARY THE RACING CAR created by Dave Jenkins.
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THE PINK CRICKET written by Giles Andreae.
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EVERYTHING’S ROSIE episode written by Gillian Corderoy.Image courtesy of V&S Entertainment.

SHIFT written by Jeff Povey.

DOCTORS episode written by Julia Weston.
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BOB THE BUILDER by Keith Chapman.Image courtesy of
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WAR AND PEACE for Gifford Circus by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Image courtesy of Giffords Circus.

HOLLYOAKS episode written by Philip Gerard.
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THE BIRTHDAY PARTY written by Veronica Henry.
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NIALL LEONARD

Fast, funny and flexible sums up Niall’s approach. A lover of all things black and comedic, his first script was a dark one-off comedy for C4 called Rotten Apples, but he considers his defining moment to date was getting the Sunday night TV watching nation to sniffle when Archie and Lexie finally made their wedding vows in Monarch of the Glen. To this day his wife wants to know why his proposal to her was nothing like as romantic. Niall works from a wooden shed at the bottom of his garden where his family can’t catch him playing Scrabble online.

www.niallleonard.com

WILD AT HEART
WIRE IN THE BLOOD
HORNBLOWER
KNOTS AND CROSSES
MELVILLE
CHERRY TREE AND PARAKEETS
AIRFORCE ONE IS DOWN
PUPPET ON A CHAIN
CRUSHER INCINERATOR

Thrillers/ Detective Crime/ Comedy Drama/ Historical

DENISE CASSAR

Denise began her writing career on the prestigious Sesame Street in South Africa. During her time there she wrote and presented many wildlife documentaries and other children’s television programmes, both educational and animated. On her return to the UK, with her passion for children’s material, she has been contributing to many shows, both live action and animated.

RAA RAA
THE NOISY LION
ZINGZILLAS
CLAUDE
CLOUD BABIES
DRIVER DAN
BING BUNNY
TOPSY AND TIM
LET’S PLAY
PUFFIN ROCK
CHI CHI

Animation / Children’s Live Action

HENRIETTA HARDY

Under the skin, that’s Henrietta’s writing. Drawing you in with stories of disenfranchised teenagers kidnapping their siblings; coke addled-cops; nuns running needle exchanges; bus hold-ups and mirror-touch synaesthesia. With an MA in Scriptwriting from the Northern Film School she’s an insightful writer with a talent for emotionally hard-hitting drama about people in very real but impossible situations.

FIRE TO RAIN
CASUALTY
DOCTORS
THE BILL
FAMILY AFFAIRS
CHAMELEON
WHERE THE CHILDREN PLAY

Continuing Drama / Detective Crime / Daytime Drama / Thrillers

IAN POYNTON

Drawing inspiration from Oliver Postgate to Louis Bunuel, Ian began devising comedy projects as a student before turning his attention to sitcoms, music videos, children’s animation and more recently short films that deliver a special brand of beautiful nonsense. Ian can be found happily working away almost anywhere, provided he has access to cake and a kettle.

THE BIG FIB
ST CRISPINS
THE DARK BEHIND THE LIGHT

Comedy / Sketch show / Sitcom / online Comedy / Radio

LIAM O'BRIEN

Liam’s desire to be a writer can be traced back to the moment that, aged five, his parents explained to him that Thunderbirds wasn’t a factual documentary, but was actually a made up story written by clever people from the 1960s. From that day on, he has claimed that watching countless TV shows and movies has been “research” to work out how to tell a good story, and not just an excuse to get out of the washing up. Liam now creates TV and film scripts full of lovable characters, witty dialogue and fast paced, entertaining stories. He writes in a room where Luke Skywalker, Batman and all eleven incarnations of The Doctor keep an eye on him.

THE END OF THE WORLD
MORTIMER
GEORGE FROM DECK 18
WE ARE RECORDING

Feature Film / Comedy Drama / Sit com

NIALL LEONARD

Fast, funny and flexible sums up Niall’s approach. A lover of all things black and comedic, his first script was a dark one-off comedy for C4 called Rotten Apples, but he considers his defining moment to date was getting the Sunday night TV watching nation to sniffle when Archie and Lexie finally made their wedding vows in Monarch of the Glen. To this day his wife wants to know why his proposal to her was nothing like as romantic. Niall works from a wooden shed at the bottom of his garden where his family can’t catch him playing Scrabble online.

www.niallleonard.com

WILD AT HEART
WIRE IN THE BLOOD
HORNBLOWER
KNOTS AND CROSSES
MELVILLE
CHERRY TREE AND PARAKEETS
AIRFORCE ONE IS DOWN
PUPPET ON A CHAIN
CRUSHER INCINERATOR

Thrillers/ Detective Crime/ Comedy Drama/ Historical

PAUL MARI

Time Out said of Paul’s first play “Paul Mari has no idea of what he is talking about.” Which was odd as it was based on something that actually happened to him. Undeterred he bought a typewriter and set about becoming a writer. A graduate of the BBC Writer’s Academy Paul has written a wide range of original material as well as working on established TV series.

EASTENDERS
HOLBY
CASUALTY
DOCTORS
BOSTON DEEPS
MONEY SHOT
EDDIE FEAR
TERRY

Primetime Drama / Daytime Drama / Comedy Drama

RACHEL DAWSON

Despite a high-tech office, Rachel sits and writes at her kitchen table with a full teapot and a view of the lively North Sea. Hugely experienced at writing for children’s television she also has a couple of films to her name. Writing from the heart, her style is uproarious, heart-warming and funny.

MIKE THE KNIGHT
ROARY THE RACING CAR
EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
DRIVER DAN
ELLA BELLA BINGO
TOPSY AND TIM
PUFFIN ROCK
EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
RUFF RUFF TWEET AND DAVE

Children’s TV/ Animation /Family TV / Daytime Drama

RICHARD MEWIS

Having re-written and polished TV and feature film scripts as a successful TV and feature film script editor and producer, Richard was encouraged by many in the know to write more. Having secured his first on screen credit on a BBC drama watched by over 6 million people, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard and Dougray Scott, Richard has since written features, returning drama series and comedy dramas.

ICE
GRIEF
JUST LIFE
JOHN

SAM MORRISON

Sam’s first script was an Australian soap opera version of Macbeth (called Doug), and since then he has mostly written for Elves, Fairies, and animals – especially Pigs and Sheep. He also directs and animates, script-edits, and plays football with incremental slowness. He writes alone – at a desk – or in a team, and his style is silly ideas with snappy dialogue. He loves boardgames to the point of obsessiveness, and likes to be green.

PEPPA PIG SHAUN THE SHEEP
LITTLE KINGDOM
MODERN TOSS
PATSY
GRIME CITY

VERONICA MCKENZIE

With a career as a stand-up comedienne, Veronica knew it was all starting to happen when she was asked to write and perform one of her sketches on the 11 O'Clock Show. A feature film, theatre and comedy writer, drawing on personal experiences, Veronica wrote Nine Nights, a contemporary tale about grief in the Afro-Caribbean community, for BBC1. She also showcased her one-woman show about Nina Simone at the Hackney Empire.

HANDSOME DEVIL
A PROPER CHARLIE
WOMAN ON FIRE
HOLBY

Singles / Feature Films / Comedy

AN VROMBAUT

At nine years old, An was happiest when she was writing and drawing so she decided to never forget what it was like to be nine and now she writes and draws for a living. An’s grown-up writing life started with The Story of Henrietta the Hairy Hippo, which was the pilot episode for 64 Zoo Lane, now in it’s fourth series. She works from her converted garage, with a space for writing at one end and a space for drawing at the other, creating charming, playful, character-driven scripts whilst peering through her partially plant obscured garage windows. A visionary writer-director An also works on other people’s properties.

www.vrombaut.co.uk

64 ZOO LANE
FLORRIE’S DRAGONS
LITTLE WOLF
BING BUNNY

CAMERON FRASER AND NEIL JACK

Cameron and Neil are the writing team behind Ko Lik films, with the former focusing on scripts and production, whilst Neil specializes in direction and animation. This is a brilliantly prolific partnership, although Cameron is still trying to convince Neil to produce that poem he wrote when he was 12. They are currently producing a series for the Disney Channel and actively developing a number of feature films, including an indie comedy. They deal with the blank page by typing all over it until it gives in.

www.kolik.co.uk

KINGS OF THE COLOSSEUM
THE TREE OFFICER
HAUNTED HOGMANAY
FLIP
OUT OF THE WOODS
HOWARD BAHN

Family Feature Films / Animated Features & Series / Indie Movies

CATH STAINCLIFFE

The Secret Seven are mostly to blame for Cath Staincliffe’s life of crime. A compulsive reader and writer Cath was an established novelist when her TV breakthrough came with her debut series Blue Murder. Manchester is the setting for all her work (lazy researcher) and her stories invariably feature women juggling the demands of kids and home life with the exacting work of catching murderers. As well as adapting her own work for television, and writing original radio drama, Cath has also written novels based on the Scott & Bailey characters. She is the proud owner of a CWA Dagger for her short story Laptop. Cath’s writing recipe: warmth, grit and a dose of humanity with buckets of strong tea.

BLUE MURDER
LEGACY
STONE
FROM FACT TO FICTION

DAVE INGHAM

An award winning writer whose background as an animation producer has led him to an innate understanding of story and structure. His lightness of touch has made him highly sought-after and his work embraces a wide range of styles and humorous content. Dave has scripted a succession of feature-length specials, and is at home in the world of live action and animation. His skills as a head writer means he has steered several projects from early pitches to broadcast and awards. How he turned the ideas of 25,000 children into a half-hour script for The Tate Movie Project is anyone’s guess.

CHARLIE AND LOLA
BABY JAKE
HORRID HENRY
TRACEY BEAKER RETURNS
BOJ AND BUDDIES
CLOUDBABIES
LITTLE PRINCESS
LET’S PLAY
TOPSY AND TIM
LITTLE PRINCESS
TICKETY TOC (SPECIALS)
SHAUN THE SHEEP
CLANGERS

Family Features / Animated Specials & Series / Head writing / Live Action

E L JAMES

Since early childhood she has dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
FIFTY SHADES FREED

GENEVIEVE WEBSTER AND MICHAEL DE SOUZA

WON THE BROADCAST AWARD FOR BEST PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMME.This colourful partnership began with one life-changing script called For Real FM. This was the beginning of Rastamouse for Genevieve and Michael and they have since collaborated on 10 episodes after self-publishing the first book in the series, called Da Crucial Plan. From cafes to trains to their back gardens, they write wherever inspiration finds them and fill the blank page with a storm of ideas until a glimmer of something special captures their imagination.

www.rastamouse.com

RASTAMOUSE

GUY BURT

Having Daniel Craig play the lead role in your first TV script is a pretty good place to start but where do you go from there? You write a debut novel that’s turned into a film, starring Thora Birch and Keira Knightley. Guy Burt is the kind of chap who has a Seydel 10-hole diatonic, key of B-flat harmonica in his pockets. His writing room looks like an almighty pile up between a 1930s P.I’s office and a Johnny Cash recording studio; littered with guitars, synthesizers, reclaimed filing cabinets and a vintage Imperial typewriter. And when he’s not writing he starts to resemble Jack Nicholson from the Shining so we keep him motivated.

BLETCHLEY PARK CIRCLE series 1 and 2
THE WATCH
INTO THE WILD
LIONHEART
WIRE IN THE BLOOD
KINGDOM
MY FRIEND THE ENEMY
HARRIET’S ARMY
AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST

Psychological Thriller / Historical / Adaptation

JOE ALEXANDER AND ANDY AMFO

Joe and Andy grew up in nineties South London, immersed in the city’s music and youth culture.Ten years later, they write honest, perceptive stories of the city. From their safe haven in downtown Brixton, Joe and Andy start with own experiences, before letting their overly excitable imaginations take over… That is, of course, if they don’t get distracted by the record player in the corner.

TRANSMISSION
RHYTHM OF LOVE

LISA AKHURST

After spending her formative years producing film and television, living in Sydney and creating TV identities, Lisa came home and set up shop as a full time scriptwriter. Quick witted, insightful and original, she has gone on to write for Rastamouse, Get Squiggling and Little Charley Bear. She works from her cosy home office, fuelling her creativity with many a cup of coffee and, from time to time, the odd glass of wine.

MIKE THE KNIGHT
CLOUD BABIES
POSTMAN PAT
WAYBULOO
EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
Q POOTLE
ELLA BELLA BINGO
DRIFTWOOD BAY
BOJ AND BUDDIES
P J MASKS

Animation / Children’s Live Action

MATTHEW GRAHAM

At 11 years old Matthew read a script that would shape the rest of his life. It was The Empire Strikes Back by Lawrence Kasdan. Little did the young Matthew know that he would go on to work with George Lucas on his “Star Wars” TV series. Matthew learnt his craft, hard and fast, writing for Eastenders before creating the alcoholic, homophobic, 1970’s DCI with bad hair, otherwise known as Gene Hunt (Life on Mars).

www.monasticproductions.com

ETERNAL LAW
ASHES TO ASHES
YOLANDA
PARATIME
THE STONE TAPE
THE EDGE CHRONICLES
CHILDHOOD’S END
PETER PANZERFAUST
THE BOUNTY
SPACE 2099

Prime-time TV / Original Feature Film

SAMANTHA HILL

With blind faith and strong coffee on her side, Samantha writes articles for TIME magazine and scripts for children’s animation. Her journalistic approach to storytelling means she has a good eye for a story and is developing primetime television shows.

CHARLIE AND LOLA
ICONICLES
WIBBLY PIG
NODDY
THE CONTESSA
BING BUNNY
CHI CHI
THE LITTLE PEOPLE

Primetime Drama/ Daytime Drama/ Children’s Animation & Live Action

SARAH GORDON

Having come from a seaside town known as ‘heaven’s waiting room’ Sarah’s scripts are charged with an intergenerational edge and insight. Fortunately she escaped this quietly ominous place and became involved in the world of theatre, creating and developing shows that were performed across the country.

Since then she has moved to London, graduated with an MA from the National Film and Television School and continues to write scripts with a keen sense of the absurdities of normal life, finding sharp wit and humour in even the dampest of places.

LE PRÉTEXTE
GREAT LENGTHS
THE PIT
PLAYTHING

STEPHEN WYATT

It all began when Stephen wrote a doctoral thesis about Victorian popular theatre. Since then he’s created two Classic Dr Who stories, a cabaret about the Kray Twin and won the Tinniswood Award for best original radio drama script twice – for Memorials to the Missing and Gerontius. He’s penned the libretto for The Burglar’s Opera “from an idea stolen from W.S.Gilbert with music nicked from Sir Arthur Sullivan”, a musical comedy for Hornchurch called Pick Yourself Up and Claws, a screenplay transmitted on BBC 1 with an audience of over 6 million. He’s dramatised Fielding, Thackeray, Chandler and Highsmith for Radio 4 and engaged in a posthumous collaboration with Claude Debussy to create The Devil in the Belfry. He’s contributed to Casualty, House of Elliott and Crossroads and Patrick Stewart played Raymond Chandler in two of his original plays for Radio 4 – Double Jeopardy and Strangers on a Film. Stephen is still unsure whether all this adds up to a proper career as a writer.

www.stephenwyatt.co.uk

MEMORIALS OF THE MISSING
GERONTIUS
STRANGERS ON A FILM
THE STANDARD BEARER
THE DIVINE COMEDY
TOLD LOOK YOUNGER
PICK YOURSELF UP

Radio – Drama / Adaptations / Musicals

DAVID ASHTON

When David won the Radio Times Drama Award in 1985, he had to face up to the fact that he was a writer. Fate was now a blank page staring back at him, blankly. David writes from the heart, scribbling away in his large attic room, that’s bursting with cowboys, cruise liners, his apple laptop and Cisco the hungry cat. Inspired by everyone from Gogol to Cezanne to Bob Dylan, David is currently reading Shakespeare’s sonnets whilst writing.

www.david-ashton.co.uk

MCLEVY
DONAL Q
TAJ
MURDER ROOMS
DALZIEL AND PASCOE

Feature Films / Radio Drama

LAURENCE DAVEY

It’d be something else if you could write your own future. That’s kind of what happened to Laurence after his first script, The Honeymoon. It was about an Englishman who marries an Hungarian. Two weeks after finishing the script he met and married an Hungarian. Thankfully, the real life version has a happier ending than the script. Driven by a constant push for original ideas that have led him to develop and write new television series and feature film scripts. Imaginative and pacy, he creates from the comfort of his home.

DCI BANKS
WAKING THE DEAD
ELIZABETH REX
BLACK FLOWERS CASE SENSITIVE
NORTH STAR
HOLDING THE LINE
ENTITLED
CRITICAL
THREAT TO LIFE
HURTING DISTANCE

Thriller / Detective Crime / Adaptation / Feature Films

CHRIS HARRIS AND STEVE BANKS

The first thing that the partnership of Chris and Steve wrote was a radio sketch show for the BBC’s Witty and Twisted. They called it What it is, is. They’ve have since written on Monkey Kingdom’s Cashpoint show for BBC Comedy Online and on the twice BAFTA nominated Sorry I’ve Got No Head and you’ll find them deep in writerly thought pretty much anywhere they can find a wifi connection and an espresso machine. With a crash, bang and a wallop to their words, you’ll spot their distinctive style with ease and they’ll make sure they deliver on a script by applying the seat of their pants to the seat of their chairs.
They are currently co-creating and writing NOWHERE FAST with John Hopkins

SORRY I’VE GOT NO HEAD
CASHPOINT
BOATHOUSE
PSYCHED
DONNA RUSH
MARSHALL LAW

Comedy / Sketch Show / Sit-Com / Online Comedy / Radio / Kids TV

CIARAN MURTAGH AND ANDREW JONES

You know you’ve made it when you turn from cider to real ale and achieve your lifelong dream of being a clown. That’s how Ciaran and Andrew like to modestly measure their success. Their literary heroes range from Jean-Paul Sartre to the Chuckle Brothers, which goes some way to explaining their witty, cheeky, irreverent, rambunctious writing style. Working across all aspects of comedy, from Radio 4’s Recorded for Training Purposes to The Legend of Dick and Dom, you’ll find them anywhere but their office, tackling the blank page with tea and pixels.

www.blacksheepcomedy.co.uk

THE SLAMMER
IN THE MEANTIME
CASPER
MR BLOOM’S NURSERY
LOOSE ENDS
DENNIS THE MENACE
FINGERS MCGRAW
ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS
DIDDY MOVIES
SHAUN THE SHEEP
MR BEAN
MIFFY
THE FURCHESTER HOTEL
LET’S PLAY
HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER

Sit-com / Sketch Shows / Children’s Animation & Live Action / Radio

DAVE JENKINS

In 2000, inspired by his love of motor racing and his 15 month old son’s insistence on watching the Grand Prix with him, Dave created Roary The Racing Car. This coincided with his central role in the expansion of Nickelodeon UK where he was the network’s VP and Commercial Director. And if all that wasn’t enough, Dave also has his own publishing company and is responsible for several best selling football titles under his Red Card Publishing banner. Dave continues to fire his imagination in search of that elusive second international TV hit!

ROARY THE RACING CAR

GILES ANDREAE

Playful, heartwarming and short. That’s Giles. His first book was Purple Ronnie’s Book of Love. His defining moment was when the BBC gave him his own series. He writes from a stable. It overlooks a river. He loves Leonard Cohen. And Dylan Thomas. His style is playful and short.

www.worldofhappy.com

WORLD OF HAPPY

Animation / Children’s Ideas

GILLIAN CORDEROY

Gillian’s story began on a farm in rural Oxfordshire where she learnt a lot about combine harvesters, irrigation systems and how to cross a muddy yard in high heels. Since then she has been an English and Poetry teacher, lived in Italy, and trained the Italian Fire Brigade, and achieved an MA in Screenwriting from the London College of Communication. Gillian is big on coffee, languages and creating the unexpected. She people-watches from an office that overlooks the street, whilst creating magical feature films and scripts for animated series in both the UK and Europe.

WIBBLY PIG
TIMMY TIME
64 ZOO LANE
MOUK
PRINCESS LILLIFEE
PROOFING BEN
TICKERTY TOK
MOUK
TOPSY AND TIM
WANDA AND THE ALIEN PIP AHOY
RUFF RUFF TWEET AND DAVE

Feature Films / Animation / Children’s Drama & Comedy / Singles

JEFF POVEY

After writing As You Like It, it could have been hard for Jeff to live up to his own genius but thankfully he realised he had the greatest gift of all; he didn’t have to do any real work to earn a living. This unique insight led him to write mainstream TV dramas, films and a novel. You may well find Jeff scribbling in a lay-by off the A1 or in his neighbour’s garden shed, (without their prior knowledge).

WILD AT HEART
WIRE IN THE BLOOD
EASTENDERS
I’LL MAKE IT ALL UP TO YOU
MARINADE
BY ANY MEANS
HOOTEN AND THE LADY

Primetime Drama / Black Comedy / Feature Film

JULIA WESTON

The first script Julia ever wrote was for Channel 5’s Family Affairs and she has since gone on to write over 30 episodes. She’s also responsible for keeping the viewing figures up for Doctors and the much loved Holby. Witty, wry and varied, Julia’s style is full of insight and experience, drawing on all sorts of literary heroes, from Enid Blyton to Dickens and she tackles the blank page by spoiling the white with a line or two. Having given birth to two boys (in French), there’s not a lot that phases Julia and you’ll find her scribbling away at her Art Deco desk, looking out over the rooftops and garden.

GLOVES OFF
DOCTORS
FAMILY AFFAIRS
HOLBY

Primetime Drama / Daytime drama

KEITH BRUMPTON

The creator of the incredibly successful MI-High, Keith’s defining moment was being born and since then he has written about snooker playing nuns, badly behaving bears and has been involved with shows like 64 Zoo Lane, Mouk and River City. A North-East lad with a wicked wit, as a lead writer, Keith is developing shows and currently writing sit-coms.

www.keithbrumpton.co.uk

MI HIGH
ANIMATTER
MOUK
INCIDENT ROOM
SCHOOL GATES
26 MILES
WATERLOO ROAD
THE BOMBSHELL GIRLS

Prime-time Drama / Daytime Drama / Crime / Y.A. / Animation / Sit-coms

KEITH CHAPMAN

There’s a lot to be said for advertising. It unearths talent like Keith Chapman, who once worked as an Art Director selling shaving foam and Wotsits before joining Jim Henson and his Muppets. Keith created Bob the Builder, and since Bob’s first appearance in 1999, the show has sold to every country in the world. Keith co-founded Chapman Entertainment and went on to create, Fifi & the Flowertots and commissioned Roary the Racing Car, which appear every day on Channel 5’s Milkshake. Chapman has recently launched Little Charley Bear, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and is currently developing new shows and a couple of movies.

BOB THE BUILDER
FIFI AND THE FLOWER TOTS

KIT HESKETH-HARVEY

Kit isn’t a bad person, he just likes to make people cry. As a cathedral chorister at Canterbury, he realized that hard work made art, and art made people cry. He’s written ever since and has not only produced reams of award winning scripts but also performs and directs. Kit writes from the comfort of his bed, in a Barbara Cartland style, but believes in the power of hard graft. It’s a winning formula that has resulted in the Biennale for MAURICE, the Vivian Ellis for ORLANDO, a Grammy nomination for THE BARTERED BRIDE, Writer of the Year for IPC, the Prix Marulic for A LA VILLA BAB AZZOUN and Olivier nominations for KIT AND THE WIDOW.

VICAR OF DIBLEY
MAURICE

Adaptations/ Musical/ Opera/ Circus/Primetime Drama / Daytime Drama

NAZ SADOUGHI

Naz loves to write about forgotten individuals on the margins of society and those who yearn to find their true voice. Whether she’s writing about a revolutionary guard in Tehran, a young carer on the Northumberland coast or an elderly woman rediscovering her sexuality, Naz isn’t scared of taking risks and pushing boundaries – indeed that’s when her stories really come to life.

When she’s not busy putting her characters’ lives to rights she spends most of her time in her study sitting by the window and waving at her neighbours. After which she shuts her laptop and goes for a swim. In fact some of her best ideas have come whilst swimming underwater…

CRESCENT MOON
OYSTERCATCHER
DROUGHT
MRS JENKINS' DESIRE
THE SUNSHINE MAN

PHILIP GERARD

Published in an anthology with Alan Plater and Arnold Wesker at aged 19, the thrill of seeing his credit led to him writing on soaps, children’s tv, police, medical, fantasy, corporate and educational programmes. He returned to Uni for the third time to study for an MPhil at Cambridge where he wrote scripts and sketches for the Cambridge Mummers, took a production up to Edinburgh, and even performed some stand-up.

HOLLYOAKS
FAMILY AFFAIRS
THE BILL
JIGSAW HEART
GRANGE HILL

Continuing Drama / Primetime Drama / Children’s / Comedy

SALLY STOKES

One day Sally had an idea for a script. Without a second thought, she sat down and thirty minutes later she had the first episode. Since then she has become a mum, persuaded her husband to furnish her with a grown up desk and black swivelly chair and writes warm, bittersweet and observational TV drama. She also worked on a scripted reality show set in a fashion magazine.

PUSH
THE WALL
GEORGE AT NUMBER NINE
ROOKIES
JAMIE JOHNSON
BANDZ
HOME

Prime-time Drama / Daytime Drama / Children’s Drama / Detective/Family

SARAH-LOUISE HAWKINS

Sarah-Louise wanted two things when she was small: straight hair and to be a writer. After having one of her stories published by Jackie at the age of 13 she thought she was heading for journalism super fame but decided to turn down an apprenticeship at the paper to study Scriptwriting at Bournemouth University. Sarah-Louise was a key writer on The Bill when it won a Writers Guild Award and a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama Series. She has worked continually in mainstream TV drama.

CASUALTY
THE BILL
PLAYING THE FIELD
IN THE NAME OF LOVE
DUMPING GROUND
SHIFTS
SUSPECTS

Police / Detective / Drama / Thriller/ Psychological Drama

SIMON JOWETT

Simon has written scripts and developed projects for a wide range of media across an equally wide age range: from silent pre-school to extravagant action-adventure, by way of animation, computer games, sketches, surreal sitcom and occasional fiction. His first professional sale was a script for a comic strip – a five-page Doctor Who story. Acutely aware of the limited number of pages he has in which to tell his story, he favours fast-paced, tightly-structured, character-led work with a strong sense of storytelling, whether in choosing what to watch or read, or working on his latest script.

www.simonjowett.com

JUNGLE BOOK
MOUK
GIGGLEBIZ
TILLY AND FRIENDS
KID NINJA
JEFF THE CHEF
SHONKU DIARIES

Action Adventure/Comedy/ Animation/ Fantasy/ Supernatural Drama

VERONICA HENRY

Veronica Henry knew she’d come a long way from her first script when she saw a poster for her latest novel on the Tube. It was also a proud moment when Jenny Agutter snapped up the guest role for one of the episodes of Heartbeat that Veronica wrote. Naughty but nice, Veronica writes from her dining room table, looking out at the ever changing Devon coastline and she deals with the blank page with an imaginary bottle of Jack Daniels.

www.veronicahenry.co.uk

HOLBY
DOCTORS
HEARTBEAT

Primetime Drama / Daytime Drama

VICKY WHARTON

With a background as a script editor, Vicky’s first Radio Play won her an Imison nomination. She has grown three free-range daughters and writes amongst a cosy tumble of post-it notes and Mickey Mouse memorabilia. Her funny, arresting narratives are inspired by the likes of Sharon Olds, Paul Attananasio, Tom Behn and Noel Coward, dealing with the blank page by spoiling it with whatever comes into her head first. Thankfully she’s a wizard at crafting and developing those initial lightning bolts.

POWER TO CRIMPSEA
HACKNEY HARAM
CHAMELEON
THE LOST BOY

Radio Drama & Comedy / Daytime TV – Prime Time Drama