THE PINK CRICKET written by Giles Andreae. Image courtesy of Egmont Publishing Ltd.

BOB THE BUILDER by Keith Chapman. Image courtesy of
© 2011 Hit Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman.

DRIVER DAN’S STORY TRAIN episode written by Rachel Dawson. Image courtesy of © 2010 Story Train Distribution FZ-LLC.

DOCTORS episode written by Henrietta Hardy. Image courtesy of BBC.

WAR AND PEACE for Gifford Circus by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Image courtesy of Giffords Circus.

TATE PROJECT written by Dave Ingham.
Image courtesy of Aardman Animations Ltd.

HAUNTED HOGMANAY written and directed by
Ko Lik Films. Image courtesy of Ko Lik Films.

ROARY THE RACING CAR created by Dave Jenkins.
Image courtesy of Chapman Entertainment Ltd.

Image and illustration for Patchwork Man
written by Simon Jowett.

Fifty Shades Darker, adapted by Niall Leonard from the novel by E L James.

Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

SHIFT written by Jeff Povey.

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

DOUBLE JEOPARDY (Chandler and Wilder) written by Stephen Wyatt.

LISA AKHURST

Lisa’s background is in film and television production. While working at The Jim Henson Company, she ignited a passion for children’s programming and animation, and decided to begin scriptwriting for children on a full-time basis.

Passionate, original and quick-witted, Lisa has a flair for writing character-driven stories with comedy and heart, for both older and younger audiences. She currently has shows airing on major networks worldwide, including CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Nick Jnr, Milkshake, Sprout, ABC, France 5, Treehouse and The Disney Channel.

  • PJ MASKS
  • CLANGERS
  • KAZOOPS
  • BITZ AND BOB
  • LUO BAO BEL
  • FLOOGALS
  • ZACK AND QUACK
  • WILDWOODS
  • SCHOOL OF ROARS
  • LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY
  • Children's and Animation

JOE ALEXANDER AND ANDY AMFO

Joe and Andy grew up in South London in the nineties, immersed in the capital’s music and youth culture. Ten years later, they write honest, perceptive stories of the inner city. Joe and Andy now use their own experiences as a starting point, 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.

  • REBEL SOUL
  • RHYTHM OF LOVE
  • TRANSMISSION
  • Comedy Drama
  • Drama /

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.

  • WORLD OF HAPPY
  • Drama /

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 and Cezanne to Bob Dylan, David is currently reading Shakespeare’s sonnets while writing.

  • MCLEVY
  • DONAL Q
  • ISSAC NEWTON MASTER OF THE MINT RADIO 4
  • MURDER ROOMS
  • DALZIEL AND PASCOE
  • GOD ON THE ROCKS - FEATURE FILM
  • Feature Films /

SAM BARLOW

Sam spent the first decade of his career at HIT Entertainment as their in-house script executive where he script edited an unholy number of episodes of some of the world’s best-loved preschool shows.

The last few years have seen Sam take the leap into the twin worlds of full-time writing and parenthood. He is still trying to decide which is the more loopy. Sam’s big-hearted and funny scripts, together with his sharp sense for story structure, have seen him asked to head write a number of successful series – among them the multi award-winning and BAFTA-nominated Lily’s Driftwood Bay.

  • LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY
  • WILDWOODS
  • ELLA BELLA BINGO
  • CLAUDE
  • DIGBY DRAGON
  • SHANE THE CHEF
  • WISSPER
  • NODDY: TOYLAND DETECTIVE
  • GOLDIE AND BEAR
  • BOTTERSNIKES AND GUMBLES / NETFLIX
  • Children's and Animation /

ANDREW BOATENG

Andrew is not a man of many words. He’d rather let his scripts do the talking. With an MA in Creative Writing Andrew’s flair for bringing to life under-represented characters is grounded in structure and has the audience rooting for them from start to finish.

GUY BURT

Guy Burt is a BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and novelist whose projects have starred Daniel Craig, Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, Anna Maxwell Martin and Kiera Knightley. He has written extensively for both the UK and the US television markets, specialising in drama and historical drama. He writes for both adults and children.

  • VIKINGS
  • ALEX RIDER
  • MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE
  • JOE ALL ALONE
  • RIVIERA
  • TUTANKHAMUN
  • HARRIET'S ARMY
  • THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE
  • THE BORGIAS
  • THE HOLE
  • THE VISITOR
  • Drama /

JOANNE CARMICHAEL

Joanne is a mixed-media artist and the creator of the original idea for and characters from Lily’s Driftwood Bay.

It all began in 2007 on the Isle of Arran, with a cottage not much bigger than a beach hut and a compulsion to fill it with flotsam and jetsam, pottery, sea-glass and driftwood. She soon spied the potential to create a whole new world from all the things she was finding: a big red boat, sea-glass sea, a dancing stag, a skateboarding Granny dog, a chicken created from the bottom of a washed-up teacup all began emerging from the beaches of Arran… and that was just the beginning.

With no background in animation, she imagined a storyline of an island girl called Lily setting off on adventures with treasures washed ashore for her by the waves. Amazingly, a TV company seemed to like it – and developed it with her.

After working on series one as creative consultant, she is now studying graphic design and illustration while working on new ideas for TV shows and picture books. She is a founder member of Children’s Media Network Scotland and still likes to do her bit to keep the beaches clean, which the local seabirds are very happy about.

  • LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY
  • Children's and Animation /

DENISE CASSAR

After a 12 year career as an award winning comedy actress Denise gave birth to some small people (just two) and decided to start writing stuff that would make them laugh. Subsequently she has spent the last 14 years turning random ideas about animals, trains, aliens, toddlers and superheroes into episodes of some of preschool’s best loved shows such as Bing, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Noddy, Thomas the Tank Engine, Waybuloo, Topsy and Tim and more recently The Clangers. Now those small people are a bit older she’s attempting to stay relevant to them by trying not to embarrass them on social media and writing telly for a slightly older audience; shows like Bottersnikes and Gumbles, Dennis The Menace, The Rubbish World of Dave Spud and Mr Bean. She won a Writers Guild Award for Best Children’s Script in 2015 which was one of the last opportunities she had to leave her writing shed at the bottom of the garden.

  • BING
  • TOPSY AND TIM
  • THE RUBBISH WORLD OF DAVE SPUD
  • PUFFIN ROCK
  • CHIP AND POTATO
  • DENNIS THE MENACE
  • LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY
  • BOTTERSNIKES AND GUMBLES
  • RAA RAA THE NOISY LION
  • MR BEAN
  • CLOUDBABIES
  • LET'S PLAY
  • GILBERT AND SADIE
  • DIGBY DAGON
  • Children's and Animation /

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 went on to create Bob the Builder and, since Bob’s first appearance in 1999, the show has sold to every country in the world, generating $5bn in sales to date. A new-look series of Bob the Builder was launched in 2015.

Keith co-founded Chapman Entertainment, creating Fifi & the Flowertots and developing Roary the Racing Car. Chapman also produced Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. His latest creation is Nick Junior’s global smash-hit preschool show, Paw Patrol, which is fast becoming another billion-dollar brand. Keith is currently developing more children’s shows and a couple of films.

  • BOB THE BUILDER
  • PAW PATROL
  • MAX MEGATRAX
  • MR MARS
  • JONNY JETBOY
  • Children's /
  • Children's and Animation /

GILLIAN CORDEROY

Growing up on a farm in rural Oxfordshire helped develop Gillian’s
left-of-field imagination. Her keen comic eye and gift for creating the unexpected make her a popular choice for writing teams and development work. She writes for film and TV and has many years’ experience working on live-action and animated scripts in the UK, the US and Europe.

Gillian lived in Italy for many years where she taught English, wrote novels and trained the Italian Fire Brigade. She has an MA in Screenwriting from the London College of Communication.

  • CHIP AND POTATO
  • RUFF-RUFF, TWEET AND DAVE
  • TOPSY AND TIM
  • SHANE THE CHEF
  • KAZOOPS
  • WANDA AND THE ALIEN
  • TICKETY TOK
  • MOUK
  • WIBBLY PIG
  • 64 ZOO LANE
  • Children's /
  • Children's and Animation /
  • Feature Films /

LAURENCE DAVEY

It would be something else if you could write your own future. But that’s kind of what happened to Laurence after his first script, The Honeymoon. It was about an Englishman who marries a Hungarian. Two weeks after finishing the script he met and married a Hungarian. Thankfully, the real-life version has a happier ending than the script.

He is driven by a constant desire for original ideas, which has led him to develop and write new television series and feature-film scripts. Imaginative and pacy, Laurence creates from the comfort of his own home.

  • NORTH STAR
  • FIELD HOSPITAL
  • WEALTH
  • STICKS
  • THE FIFTH WOMAN
  • CRITICAL
  • CASE SENSITIVE
  • DCI BANKS
  • WAKING THE DEAD
  • DANGEROUS MINDS
  • Drama /
  • Feature Films /

RACHEL DAWSON

Despite a hi-tech office, Rachel likes to sit and write 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. She writes from the heart and boasts an uproarious, heart-warming and funny style.

  • SHANE THE CHEF
  • MAGIC MARLON
  • PUFFIN ROCK
  • RUFF-RUFF, TWEET AND DAVE
  • TOPSY AND TIM
  • ELLA BELLA BINGO
  • EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
  • MIKE THE KNIGHT
  • ROARY THE RACING CAR
  • DRIVER DAN
  • Children's and Animation /
  • Drama /

EMILY FAIRWEATHER

Emily graduated from Northumbria University in 2008 with a BA Hons degree in Media Production and went on to complete her classical acting training at Drama Studio London in 2011. She has acted for both stage and screen, including guest roles in BBC’s ‘Doctor’s’ and has made semi-regular appearances in continuing dramas such as ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Coronation Street’, as well as roles in a number of short films and theatre productions both in London and her native Newcastle. She has been writing professionally for TV and Film since early 2016 and has an eclectic taste when it comes to her favourite writing styles. Emily is inspired most by comedy writers such as Victoria Wood and Peter Kay, but equally by the likes of writer/directors Guillermo del Toro and Edgar Wright. She enjoys creating funny and flawed female characters, dark comedy dramas and stories with a fantasy or hyper-realistic twist to them.

  • DOUBLE BATTERED
  • SERIAL KLEANERS
  • NAN
  • ELOQUINN & NOAH
  • 108 HOURS MISSING
  • MODEL AMERICANS
  • HYSTERIA FALLS
  • Comedy Drama /

MICHELLE GAYLE

Michelle wrote her first script on spec for a producer who wanted to turn her first novel, Pride and Premiership, into a drama. And while the drama didn’t get made, the script did open many doors for her.

Michelle likes to hold a mirror up to society through her writing, telling stories that resonate with her audience. Much of her original work gives a voice to those who traditionally have been ignored or undervalued, such as women, children, ethnic minorities and the working classes.

Contemporary, sometimes challenging but, as in life, ‘never without humour’ is her motto. Not one to venture far from the kettle, she has been known to write in the kitchen, but at the first glimpse of sunshine she is drawn straight outside to write in the garden!

  • WOLFBLOOD
  • I AM
  • PERFECT
  • DUPED
  • A MATTER OF LIFE
  • THE BACKING SINGER
  • Books:
  • PRIDE AND PREMIERSHIP
  • DON'T LIE TO ME ROBBIE WILKINS
  • SAY YOU LOVE ME STEVIE C
  • Drama /

SARAH GORDON

Coming from a seaside town known as ‘God’s waiting room’, Sarah writes scripts 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.

A graduate of the MFTS with an MA, she 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.

  • WE LISTEN TO PODCASTS
  • THE EDIT
  • SHAKES THE SKY
  • THE PIT
  • GREAT LENGTHS
  • LE PRÉTEXTE
  • Comedy Drama /
  • Drama /

MATTHEW GRAHAM

As an 11-year old, Matthew read a script that would shape the rest of his life: 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 in Life on Mars.

  • THE SPANISH PRINCESS
  • CHILDHOOD’S END
  • LIFE ON MARS
  • ASHES TO ASHES
  • THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
  • ETERNAL LAW
  • DOCTOR WHO
  • ELECTRIC DREAMS
  • THE STONE TAPE
  • Drama /
  • Feature Films /

HENRIETTA HARDY

Henrietta’s writing gets under the skin, drawing you in with stories of disenfranchised teenagers kidnapping their siblings; an Iranian family and a Norwegian family going head to head following a murder; and a suburban woman who makes a pact with her death-row devil.

With an MA in Scriptwriting from the Northern Film School under her belt, Henrietta has more recently taken part in the EU TV Drama Writers Lab 2016 in Berlin and Creative England/BFI Talent Campus East. She’s an insightful writer with a talent for emotionally hard-hitting drama about people in very real but impossible situations.

  • CASUALTY
  • DOCTORS
  • THE BILL
  • FAMILY AFFAIRS
  • CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
  • RECOVERY
  • FIRE TO THE RAIN
  • Continuing Drama /
  • Drama /

SARAH-LOUISE HAWKINS

Sarah-Louise wanted two things when she was small: straight hair and to be a writer. Having had one of her stories published by Jackie magazine 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.

  • THE MALLORCA FILES
  • LONDON KILLS
  • DUMPING GROUND
  • SUSPECTS
  • THE BILL
  • PLAYING THE FIELD
  • IN THE NAME OF LOVE
  • Children's and Animation /
  • Drama /

KIT HESKETH-HARVEY

Kit isn’t a bad person, he just likes to make people cry. As a cathedral chorister at Canterbury, he realised 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 performs and directs too.

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 award 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
  • Comedy Drama /
  • Drama /

SAMANTHA HILL

Fuelled by long walks, laughter and strong coffee, Samantha develops
award-winning ideas, creates pilots and writes scripts for children’s animation series in a range of genres. She is known for her wry, comedic and characterful style. Formerly a writer and editor at Time Magazine, her background in journalism means she has a great eye for story structure and the telling detail. Samantha has also written live-action feature film scripts and prime-time television shows.

  • TREASURE TREKKERS
  • BIG FIVE
  • DAISY AND OLLIE
  • LITTLE PEOPLE
  • MESSY GOES TO OKIDO
  • CHI CHI
  • BING BUNNY
  • CHARLIE AND LOLA
  • ICONICLES
  • WIBBLY PIG
  • Children's and Animation /

DAVE INGHAM

Dave is an award-winning writer whose background as an animation producer has led him to an innate understanding of story and structure. His work embraces a wide range of styles and humorous content, while his lightness of touch has rendered him highly sought after in the industry.

Dave has scripted a succession of feature-length specials and is most at home in the world of live action and animation. His skills as a head writer mean he has steered several projects from early pitches through to broadcast and awards. How he turned the ideas of some 25,000 children into a half-hour script for The Tate Movie Project is anyone’s guess.

  • BOTTERSNIKES AND GUMBLES
  • TOPSY AND TIM
  • SHAUN THE SHEEP
  • BOJ AND BUDDIES
  • CLOUDBABIES
  • TRACEY BEAKER RETURNS
  • LITTLE PRINCESS
  • LUO BAO BEI
  • A GREYHOUND GIRL
  • Children's and Animation /
  • Family Features /

CAMERON FRASER AND NEIL JACK

Cameron and Neil are the writing team behind Ko Lik films. This brilliantly prolific partnership sees Cameron focus on scripts and production, while Neil specialises in direction and animation.

They are currently producing a series for the Disney Channel and actively developing a number of feature films, including an indie comedy, although Cameron is still trying to convince Neil to produce that poem he wrote when he was 12! They deal with the blank page by typing all over it until it gives in.

  • KINGS OF THE COLOSSEUM
  • THE TREE OFFICER
  • HAUNTED HOGMANAY
  • FLIP
  • OUT OF THE WOODS
  • HOWARD BAHN
  • Family Features /

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.

  • GREY
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
  • FIFTY SHADES DARKER
  • FIFTY SHADES FREED
  • Feature Films /

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 vice president 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!

  • SWEET DREAMS
  • ROARY THE RACING CAR
  • Children's and Animation /

CIARAN MURTAGH AND ANDREW JONES

BAFTA- and BAA-winning writing double act Ciaran and Andrew spent 10 years performing live comedy across the UK (and Denmark, for some reason) with their company The Black Sheep, before discovering that writing for TV meant they could make even more people laugh and get to sleep in their own beds. Since winning last place on The Slammer, they have been in constant demand for their witty, cheeky, irreverent, rambunctious writing style, working across all ages and aspects of comedy. They are also increasingly called on as head writers and script editors.

In 2016, the duo won the Children’s BAFTA writing award as part of the Gumball writing team and, in 2018, they won the writer award at the British Animation Awards for an episode of Counterfeit Cat.

  • NINJA EXPRESS
  • DANNY AND MICK
  • MIFFY'S ADVENTURES BIG AND SMALL
  • MR BEAN THE ANIMATED SERIES
  • THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL
  • THE SLAMMER
  • BOTTERSNIKES & GUMBLES
  • DENNIS AND GNASHER UNLEASHED
  • DIDDY MOVIES
  • SHAUN THE SHEEP
  • Children's and Animation /

SIMON JOWETT

Simon has written scripts and developed projects for a wide range of media, across an equally wide range of ages: 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, be it choosing what to watch or read or working on his latest script.

  • SHANE THE CHEF
  • MORIARTY
  • JUNGLE BOOK
  • MOUK
  • GIGGLEBIZ
  • TILLY AND FRIENDS
  • KID NINJA
  • SHONKU DIARIES
  • Children's /
  • Children's and Animation /

NIALL LEONARD

During his 30 years in the business, Niall has had a hand in British TV classics, such as Monarch of the Glen, Wire in the Blood, Wild at Heart and Hornblower. More recently he wrote the Crusher trilogy of novels and the screenplays for the international blockbusters Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. He is currently working on the thriller novel Melville, based on the true story of the Irish bodyguard to Queen Victoria who helped to found MI5.

Niall has gained a reputation for being fast, funny, flexible and passionately committed to his material – or as some script editors might put it, an argumentative PITA. If you want an original, skewed and irreverent approach to your project, call Val and see if he’s available. If you want an easy life, she has lots of other good writers too…

  • Screen credits:
  • FIFTY SHADES DARKER
  • FIFTY SHADES FREED
  • WILD AT HEART
  • WIRE IN THE BLOOD
  • SEA OF SOULS
  • MONARCH OF THE GLEN
  • HORNBLOWER
  • THE DARK ROOM
  • SILENT WITNESS
  • Novels:
  • CRUSHER
  • INCINERATOR
  • SHREDDER
  • Comedy Drama /
  • Drama /

PAUL MARI

Paul’s parents insisted he got a sound education and introduced him at an early age to the classics – Steptoe and Son, The Sweeney, Porridge, Boys from the Black Stuff, MASH, The Singing Detective … Well-crafted working-class stories with a dark comedic edge.

A graduate of the BBC writer’s academy his love affair with film and tele continues; a love that has never deserted him, let him down, or left him waiting at a bus stop.
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  • TOM
  • BOSTON DEEPS
  • EDDIE FEAR
  • EASTENDERS
  • HOLBY
  • CASUALTY
  • DOCTORS
  • MONEY SHOT
  • RONJA, THE ROBBER'S DAUGHTER (SHOWN ON AMAZON PRIME)
  • 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 in his own work. He secured his first on-screen credit on a BBC drama, which was watched by more than six million people and starred Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard and Dougray Scott, and has since written a number of features, returning drama series and comedy dramas.

  • ICE
  • GRIEF
  • JUST LIFE
  • JOHN
  • Comedy Drama /
  • Drama /

SAM MORRISON

Sam’s first script, Doug, was an Australian soap opera version of Macbeth, and since then he has found himself writing mostly 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 one of silly ideas and snappy dialogue. He loves board games to the point of obsessiveness and likes to be green.

  • GAMES NIGHT
  • HEY DUGGEE
  • BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM
  • MODERN TOSS
  • THE PATSY
  • GRIME CITY PD
  • PEPPA PIG
  • SHAUN THE SHEEP
  • OLOBOB TOP
  • ROCKET SCIENCE
  • ANDY'S PREHISTORIC ADVENTURES
  • Children's and Animation /

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, watching countless films and TV shows has been his “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 movie scripts full of lovable characters, witty dialogue and fast-paced, entertaining stories. He writes in a room where Luke Skywalker, Batman and every incarnation of The Doctor keep an eye on him.

  • BRIAR POINT
  • GEORGE FROM DECK 18
  • MORTIMER
  • WE ARE RECORDING
  • THE END OF THE WORLD
  • Comedy Drama /
  • Drama /
  • Family Features /

Samuel Palmer

Samuel Palmer has always had a love for literature, the silver screen and whatever metonym describes television. He’s inspired by these works, the places he’s lived and the people around him, especially his three children, who, despite being the bane of his existence, can be okay sometimes.

It was in California, living out his twenties after a purposefully botched work visa, that Samuel first pursued his dream career as a writer. Naturally drawn to dark comedy with plans to explore a wide variety of styles and genres, he took a more serious approach to his craft when he was forced to leave California and move to Manchester by the powers that be. Samuel isn’t completely blaming his wife for the move but it was her that took the job.

Samuel Palmer’s writing has been described, amongst other things, as “really, really, really good” by his mother. It is from her he inherited his love for writing, but thankfully not his vocabulary, which he describes as “really, really, really good”.

  • BACK OF BEYOND
  • IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS
  • Drama /

EMMA PITT

After being asked at work “what do you really want to do?”, Emma’s answer was to quit her job and enrol on the TV Scriptwriting MA at De Montfort University where she learned the importance of re-writing, re-writing, and then re-writing some more.

An avid watcher of British drama, her own work favours character-driven stories about ordinary people battling extraordinary situations – sometimes hard hitting and usually with a twist. She writes at home in south-east London, while drinking a lot of very strong tea.

  • THE BALLARD OF A HAUNTED MAN
  • SINS
  • AT THE POINT OF NEED
  • GO THE DISTANCE
  • INVISIBLE STRING
  • Drama /

JEFF POVEY

After writing As You Like It, it might 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.

Jeff can be found scribbling anywhere from a lay-by on the A1 to in his neighbour’s garden shed (without their prior knowledge).

  • ALEX RIDER
  • MIDSOMER MURDERS
  • THE MUSKETEERS
  • HOLBY CITY
  • HOOTEN AND THE LADY
  • BY ANY MEANS
  • MARINADE
  • I’LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU
  • EASTENDERS
  • CASUALTY
  • WIRE IN THE BLOOD
  • WILD AT HEART
  • Continuing Drama /
  • Drama /
  • Feature Films /

SALLY ROSSER

‘Sally used to be in drama production before she had one too many nights in a North Face parka and one too many trouser-defying breakfasts from a catering van. She then decided that a life of scratching her head and doing battle with Final Draft was a much cosier way of trying to earn a living.

Sally loves to write things that make her kids laugh and her first hero, aged 7, was Pam Ayres who she had an obsession with. Starting out, she wrote poems and plays for the kids in the neighbourhood and then moved into Children’s drama where she is happy to report there were often chocolate biscuits on offer. She was once even given Hobnobs.

Sally is currently writing her first play and working on her first radio drama commission. There are no biscuits of any sort to report at this stage.’

  • THE ATHENA - Series 1 for Sky
  • JAMIE JOHNSON - Series 1 and 2 for CBBC (Sally co-developed the show which was nominated for a BAFTA and an International Emmy)
  • WILL SHAKE
  • Children's and Animation /

GENEVIEVE WEBSTER AND MICHAEL DE SOUZA

This colourful partnership between Genevieve and Michael started with one life-changing script called For Real FM, and this was the beginning of Rastamouse. Since self-publishing the first book in the series, called Da Crucial Plan, they have collaborated on 10 episodes.

From cafes and 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.

Genevieve and Michael won the much-coveted broadcast award for best pre-school programme for Rastamouse.

  • RASTAMOUSE
  • Children's and Animation /

CATH STAINCLIFFE

The Secret Seven are mostly to blame for Cath’s life of crime. A compulsive reader and writer, Cath was already an established novelist when her TV breakthrough came with her debut series Blue Murder.

As a self-professed lazy researcher, all her work is set in Manchester and her stories invariably feature women juggling the demands of kids and home life with the exacting task of catching murderers. Her stand-alone novels focus on the impact of crime, following ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. 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 is warmth, grit and a dose of humanity with buckets of strong tea.

  • BLUE MURDER
  • LEGACY
  • STONE
  • FROM FACT TO FICTION
  • Drama /

JEN UPTON

With more than 15 years’ experience, it’s safe to say that Jen’s a Children’s Media veteran, albeit a very young one. She has worked in development and production at HIT, Chorion and Disney, acting as creative executive on preschool shows for 6- to 12-year olds. 

Always a screenwriter in the background, on the birth of her second child, Jen turned to writing full time, Head Writing for CBBC’s Bottersnikes and Gumbles, Dennis and Gnasher: Unleashed, and Digby Dragon for Nickelodeon, as well as developing and writing for other shows.

Jen specialises in bonkers, fast-paced comedy that is always full of heart.

  • BOTTERSNIKES AND GUMBLES
  • NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT
  • BITZ AND BOB
  • WILDWOODS
  • DIGNY DRAGON
  • DENNIS AND GNASHER UNLEASHED!
  • NODDY
  • SHANE AND CHEF
  • WINNIE AND WILBUR
  • Children's and Animation /

AN VROMBAUT

At nine years old, An was happiest when writing and drawing, so promised herself that she’d never forget what it felt 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, the pilot episode for the pre-school TV series 64 Zoo Lane, which has now been broadcast on BBC/CBeebies for 17 years. 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 as well as award-winning short films and picture books.

A visionary writer-director, An also works on other people’s IPs.

  • 64 ZOO LANE
  • FLORRIE’S DRAGONS
  • LITTLE WOLF
  • BING
  • MIFFY’S ADVENTURES BIG AND SMALL
  • LABUNTINA
  • RITA AND CROCODILE
  • Children's /
  • Children's and Animation /

CATHERINE WILLIAMS

Catherine has been busy! As well as single-handedly writing two series of the Bafta-nominated New Teletubbies, she has also co-created and head-written Waffle the Wonder Dog (Cbeebies, series 2 currently in production) and Chip & Potato (streaming on Netflix in 2019). Prior to that, Catherine script produced and wrote many episodes of Bafta-winning hit show Topsy + Tim (Cbeebies). Her schtick is immersive, emotionally-engaging, funny story-telling for young children: in other words, love and laughter. Previously, Catherine script-edited many other critically-acclaimed, much-loved, family favourites, including Pocoyo, Girls in Love, My Parents Are Aliens, Shaun the Sheep, Baby Jake, Bear Behaving Badly and Pet Squad.

Catherine is also working on her own feature and short film scripts.

  • Children's and Animation /

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 and a cabaret show about the Krays for the Bubble Theatre. He’s penned the libretto for The Burglar’s Opera, a musical comedy for Hornchurch called Pick Yourself Up and Claws and a screenplay transmitted on BBC 1 with an audience of more than six 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. He’s created an award-winning version of Dante’s The Divine Comedy for Radio 4 and had a very successful run at Jermyn Street Theatre with his comedy Told Look Younger, his first original theatre piece for some years.

And even though Stephen has won the Tinniswood Award for best original radio drama not once but twice, he’s still unsure if all this adds up to a proper career as a writer.

  • TOLD LOOK YOUNGER
  • PICK YOURSELF UP
  • THE SHADOW OF DORIAN GRAY
  • THE DIVINE COMEDY
  • MEMORIALS TO THE MISSING
  • GERONTIUS
  • STRANGERS ON A FILM
  • Comedy Drama /
  • Drama /