It all started with my old blog back in 2005 as I shared my experiences as an industry script reader and emerging writer. This new site will now be the focus for ongoing news, features, opportunities and personal anecdotes/insights.
I’ve been a screenwriter/consultant for over ten years. My television writing credits include EastEnders, Doctors and high-profile children’s shows such as Octonauts, Fleabag Monkeyface, Roy, and the new Thunderbirds for CiTV. I also write/direct short films, most notably my supernatural thriller, Origin, which won Best Horror at the London Independent Film Festival 2012.
As part of my ongoing passion with the world of screenwriting, I created and co-host the UK Scriptwriters Podcast (with Tim Clague). In 2007, I helped set up the Red Planet Prize, a scheme to discover new writers, with writer/producer Tony Jordan.
If you want to learn more about me, my work or if you’re looking for help to get started as a screenwriter then you’ve come to the right place. My script reading details are here, and some handy free downloads about screenwriting/script reading can be found here but check out the blog for all the latest updates.
The BBC’s writersroom is currently open for submissions but the deadline is 16th December 2013, just a couple of weeks away. If you’re submitting a TV script, they ask that you include “a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole.” But what does this mean exactly? If you’ve never […]
If you live in Bournemouth/Poole (or fancy a day out by the coast), I’m hosting a new screenwriting course called The Working Writer at the Lighthouse Poole on Sunday 23rd February 2014. The course details my tips & insights on how ‘the system’ works and how you can make it work for you, from getting […]
As this year’s Red Planet Prize gets into gear, I thought it would be nice to have a quick chinwag with last year’s winner Jonathan Neil. Jonathan won with his script, Darby & Joan, a terrific spy drama set in the 50s. Jonathan was also a Broadcast Hot Shot of 2013. Y’see, the industry’s good […]
In this month’s UK Scriptwriters Podcast, we talk about the latest news and opportunities, mainly the launch of the Red Planet Prize, and BBC’s writersroom are also open for submissions. We have a chat about the new BFI Player and the pros and cons of video-on-demand, and Tim recalls his experience at the recent London […]
Or, RPP FAQ, FYI! The Red Planet Prize is back for 2013/2014. It’s a terrific writing scheme that finds and nurtures new TV writing talent. I’m thrilled to be a part of the competition, ever since its inception in 2007. Check out Red Planet’s website for submission details (going live on Mon 11th Nov), and […]