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 Russell Gascoigne

Russell Gascoigne

Scriptwriting tutor

I am a professional scriptwriter who has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C, my credits ranging from soap through to the top rating A Touch of Frost. I have had a number of feature films in development and have written for both stage and radio.

In addition to my scriptwriting I have also published fiction and non-fiction. My first Young Adult novel Rebels (Walker Books) was optioned for feature film development by the BBC. I am now working on further YA titles.

I have worked as a script editor for BBC Drama and as a script reader/consultant for numerous film and television companies including the Movie Acquisition Corporation and The European Script Fund.

I teach scriptwriting to both new and more experienced writers. I also run the Scriptwriting Workshop Online, providing 1-2-1 script editing and script development support for writers working on their own scripts. This is open to writers at all levels across the UK and beyond.

After leaving university I worked as a script-reader/consultant for numerous film and television companies. These included the Movie Acquisition Corporation, where I reported on major US/UK feature films, and the European Script Fund (pilot organisation of the EU’s MEDIA Programme, the largest feature film development fund in Europe and co-developer of numerous award-winning films).

I read for the BBC, LWT, Carlton Television, ITC Entertainment, TVS and Ffilm Cymru before becoming a BBC Drama Script Editor.

As a script editor I worked in both development and production and generated and commissioned original drama material across BBC channels and for co-production. I worked on dramas for Screen One and Screen Two and on projects ranging from comedy through to animation. My credits include the Royal Television Society’s award-winning Selected Exits starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, episodes of Wales Playhouse and Shot in a Shoebox, a series of short films/animation for BBC2 Wales on which I was producer.

Aside from A Touch of Frost my television credits include McCallum, BMA award-winning Body Story (a 6-part science-medical-drama series for Channel 4/Discovery Channel) and a Welsh-language drama Rhag Pob Brad, starring Rhys Ifans. I have had original work commissioned by BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland, YTV, STV and Carlton Television as well as numerous independents.

I also write novels for young adults. My first novel, Rebels, was published by Walker Books and optioned for feature film development by the BBC. I am now working on further YA titles as well as developing a number of new TV drama projects.

You can find out more by reading my interviews with F.C. Malby and Ruth F Hunt (Interview 1) and (interview 2) .

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Professional memberships

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for teaching scriptwriting, a member of the ALCS (Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society) and a former committee member for the WGGB (Writers Guild of Great Britain, Wales). I am currently External Examiner on the Screenwriting and Production BA at Regent’s University and have been a guest speaker on a number of other screenwriting and script development courses.

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