Category:Scottish television writers
Pages in category "Scottish television writers"
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. A. J. Cronin – Archibald Joseph Cronin, MBChB, MD, DPH, MRCP was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novel was The Citadel, about a doctor in a Welsh mining village who quickly moves up the ladder in London. Cronin had observed this scene closely as a Medical Inspector of Mines and this book promoted controversial new ideas about medical ethics which largely inspired the launch of the National Health Service. Another popular mining novel, set in the North East of England, was The Stars Look Down, both these novels were adapted for film, as were Hatters Castle, The Keys of the Kingdom and The Green Years. His novella Country Doctor was adapted for a long-running BBC radio and TV series Dr Finlays Casebook and his paternal grandparents emigrated from County Armagh, Ireland and were glass and china merchants in Alexandria. Owen Cronin, his grandfather, had his surname changed from Cronague in 1870 and his maternal grandfather, Archibald Montgomerie, was a hatter who owned a shop in Dumbarton. After their marriage, Cronins parents moved to Helensburgh, where he attended Grant Street School, when he was seven years old, his father, an insurance agent and commercial traveler, died from tuberculosis. From an early age, he was a golfer, a sport he enjoyed throughout his life. The family later moved to Yorkhill, Glasgow, where he attended St Aloysius College in the Garnethill area of the city and he played football for the First XI there, an experience he included in one of his last novels, The Minstrel Boy. A family decision that he should study for either the church or medicine was settled by Cronin himself and he won a Carnegie scholarship to study medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1914. He was absent during the 1916–1917 session for naval service, in 1919 he graduated with highest honours, with the degree of MBChB. Later that year he made a trip to India as ships surgeon on a liner, Cronin went on to earn additional degrees, including a Diploma in Public Health and his MRCP. In 1925, he was awarded an M. D. from the University of Glasgow for his dissertation, during World War I, Cronin served as a Surgeon Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve before graduating from medical school. After the war, he trained at various hospitals including Bellahouston and Lightburn Hospitals in Glasgow and he undertook general practice work in a small village on the Clyde, Garelochhead, as well as in Tredegar, a mining town in South Wales. He was involved in the disaster at Ystfad Colliery in Pengelly, where miners were drowned. He subsequently moved to London, where he practised in Harley Street before opening his own thriving medical practice in Notting Hill, Cronin was also the medical officer for Whiteleys at this time and was becoming increasingly interested in ophthalmology. In 1930, after being diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer. At Dalchenna Farm by Loch Fyne, he was able to indulge his lifelong desire to write a novel, having previously written nothing but prescriptions
2. Steven Moffat – Steven William Moffat, OBE is a Scottish television writer and producer, known for his work as showrunner, writer and producer of the British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Moffats first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang, in between the two relationship-centred shows, he wrote Chalk, a sitcom set in a comprehensive school inspired by his own experience as an English teacher. A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Moffats first work on the series was the script of the parody episode The Curse of Fatal Death in 1999 and he then wrote six episodes of the revived series which began in 2005. In 2010 he replaced Russell T Davies as showrunner, lead writer, the same year, he created Sherlock along with Mark Gatiss. In January 2016, it was announced that Moffat would step down from being showrunner of Doctor Who after the spring 2017 season finale, and he also co-wrote Steven Spielbergs The Adventures of Tintin, The Secret of the Unicorn in 2011. Moffat has won awards, mainly for Doctor Who and Sherlock. Moffat was born in Paisley, Scotland, where he attended Camphill High School and he studied at the University of Glasgow, where he was involved with the student television station, GUST. After gaining an MA degree in English from Glasgow, he worked as a teacher for three and a half years at Cowdenknowes High School, Greenock, in the 1980s he wrote a play entitled War Zones and a musical called Knifer. The producers asked for a script, to which Bill Moffat agreed on condition his son write it. Producer Sandra Hastie said that it was the best ever first script that she had read, the resulting series was titled Press Gang, starring Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher, and ran for five series on ITV between 1989 and 1993, with Moffat writing all forty-three episodes. The programme won a BAFTA award in its second series, during production of the second series of Press Gang, Moffat was experiencing an unhappy personal life as a result of the break-up of his first marriage. The producer was secretly phoning his friends at home to check on his state and his wifes new lover was represented in the episode The Big Finish. by the character Brian Magboy, a name inspired by Brian, Maggies boy. Moffat brought in the character so that all sorts of things would happen to him. By 1990, Moffat had written two series of Press Gang, but the high cost along with organisational changes at backers Central Independent Television cast its future in doubt. Inspired by his working in education, Moffats initial proposal was a programme similar to what would become Chalk. During the pitch meeting at the Groucho Club, Ptaszynski realised that Moffat was talking passionately about his impending divorce, taking Ptaszynskis advice, Moffats new idea was about a sitcom writer whose wife leaves him. Moffat wrote two series of Joking Apart, which was directed by Bob Spiers, and starred Robert Bathurst, the show won the Bronze Rose of Montreux and was entered for the Emmys. In an interview with Richard Herring, Moffat says that The sit-com actually lasted slightly longer than my marriage
3. Frankie Boyle – Francis Martin Patrick Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. Boyle was born and raised in Glasgow to Irish parents from the Crolly area of County Donegal and he attended Holyrood Secondary school in Glasgow. After leaving school, he worked as a library assistant over the summer and he then studied Urban Planning at Aston University for a year before leaving and beginning a BA in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He graduated from university aged 22 and his first job was working in a Mental Health Hospital and he then went to a teacher training college in Edinburgh and had placements in schools, but by then he was already performing as a stand up comedian. Boyle was a regular on the BBC panel show Mock the Week from its first episode on 5 June 2005 until 17 September 2009 and he is known for his morbid sense of humour, which plays on negative images of celebrities, politicians, and society. On 2 October 2009, Boyle announced via the Mock the Weeks Facebook fan page that he was leaving the show to concentrate on other projects, Boyle has since criticised both the shows production team and the BBC Trust. He claims that the show did not cover enough major news stories, and was too restrictive on his comedy act because the producers. In October 2009, Boyle piloted a sketch and stand-up show for Channel 4, entitled Deal with This, an official page launched via Channel 4s official website, which confirmed that the shows full name is Frankie Boyles Tramadol Nights and the series was made up of six episodes. Boyle caused controversy on the show with his comments about Katie Price and Dwight Yorkes disabled son HarveyTemplate, Https, //www. ofcom. org. uk/ data/assets/pdf file/0028/46729/obb179. After the pilot was recorded, it was announced on 30 January 2012 that Channel 4 had chosen not to commission the series, nor were there any plans to commission a second series of Tramadol Nights. The pilot episode was included as a feature on the DVD release of Frankies third stand up tour, The Last Days of Sodom and featured guests Jack Whitehall. In 2014, it was released in its entirety on Boyles YouTube channel, the Boyle Variety Performance was broadcast on 19 August 2012 and featured Boyle with guests Rob Delaney, Nick Helm, Katherine Ryan and Tom Stade. A few days after the show was broadcast, Boyle attracted criticism after he posted jokes on Twitter about the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Frankie Boyles Referendum Autopsy was released on 28 September 2014, and Frankie Boyles Election Autopsy was released on 17 May 2015, through BBC iPlayer. Featuring guests Katherine Ryan and Sara Pascoe, Boyle dissected the Scottish independence referendum,2014, Frankie comically analyzes the buildup and fallout of the United States presidential election, tackling topics such as feminism, entertainment, propaganda, and guns. Special guests include Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Michelle Wolf, Desiree Burch, a sitcom set in a small regional theatre starring David Mitchell as a happy-go-lucky writer with writers block written by Frankie Boyle and Steven Dick, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5 June 2014. On 1 October 2009, Boyles autobiography My Shit Life So Far was released, published by HarperCollins, die. was released in October 2011. Boyles third book, Scotlands Jesus, The Only Officially Non-racist Comedian, was released in the UK on 24 October 2013, in October 2007 Boyle embarked on a stand-up tour of Britain, playing over 100 dates and enjoying a sold-out run that was extended through until December 2008. Boyle said that he planned to quit stand-up before he turned 40, had written his final tour, Boyle performed the tour, entitled I Would Happily Punch Every One of You in the Face between March and December 2010
4. David Butler (screenwriter) – David Dalrymple Butler was a Scottish writer of numerous screenplays and teleplays who won a Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Nick Williams on British televisions first medical soap opera, Emergency - Ward 10 in 1960–62, a native of the town of Larkhall in South Lanarkshire, Butler was born into a well-educated family, with his parents working as teachers. He subsequently trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began his career in West End revues. In 1956, at the age of 29, he played a prison officer in Joan Littlewoods Theatre Workshop production of Brendan Behans The Quare Fellow, in 1959, he married actress Norma Ronald and, by the early 1960s, was supplementing his acting career with scriptwriting. Following a 1966 divorce, his 1969 marriage to Mary McPhail lasted for the remainder of his life, by 1971, he had mostly given up acting and began to devote all of his energies to turning out teleplays. Butler died in London at the age of 78 and he is buried in the section of modern graves in the north-east quadrant of the eastern half of Highgate Cemetery in north London. David Butler—Writer of TV historical dramas Newley, Patrick, David Butler David Butler at the Internet Movie Database
5. Armando Iannucci – Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is a Scottish satirist, writer, television director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow, Iannucci studied at Oxford University and left work on a PhD about John Milton to pursue a career in comedy. Starting on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, his work with Chris Morris on the radio series On the Hour was transferred to television as The Day Today. A character from series, Alan Partridge, went on to feature in a number of Iannuccis television and radio programmes including Knowing Me, Knowing You. In the meantime, Iannucci also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and in 2001 created his most personal work, The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4. Moving back to the BBC in 2005, Iannucci created the political sitcom The Thick of It as well as the spoof documentary Time Trumpet in 2006. Winning funding from the UK Film Council, he directed an acclaimed feature film, In the Loop. As a result of works, he has been described by The Daily Telegraph as the hardman of political satire. Iannucci created the HBO political satire Veep, and was its showrunner for four seasons from 2012 to 2015, other works during this period include an operetta libretto, Skin Deep, and his radio series Charm Offensive. In March 2012, it was announced that he is working on his first novel, Tongue International and his father, also called Armando, is from Naples, while his mother was born in Glasgow to an Italian family. His father, who came to Scotland in 1950, ran a pizza factory, Iannucci has two brothers and a sister. He was educated at St Peters Primary School, St. Aloysius College, Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, and University College, Oxford, in his teens, he thought seriously about becoming a Roman Catholic priest. He abandoned graduate work on 17th-century religious language, with reference to Miltons Paradise Lost. Iannucci first received fame as the producer for On the Hour on Radio 4. Baynham was closely involved with both Morriss and Lee & Herrings work – simultaneously at one point, between 1995 and 1999, Iannucci produced and hosted The Saturday Night Armistice. In 2000, he created two pilot episodes for Channel 4, which became The Armando Iannucci Shows and this was an eight-part series for Channel 4 broadcast in 2001, written with Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil. The series consisted of Iannucci pondering pseudo-philosophical and jocular ideas and fantasies in between surreal sketches, Iannucci has been quoted as saying it is the comedy series he is most proud of making. He told The Metro in April 2007 The Armando Iannucci Show on Channel 4 came out around 9/11, people had other things on their minds
6. Steve Valentine – He also starred in the Disney XD sitcom Im in the Band as Derek Jupiter until its 2011 cancellation. Valentine has been seen in such as Tim Burtons Mars Attacks. Teen Beach Movie and Foreign Correspondents and has guest-starred on shows such as House M. D. Monk, Just Shoot Me, Will and Grace, Dharma & Greg, Supernatural and he appeared as an art critic in Ringo Starrs Discover Card Private Issue commercials in 1995. Valentine hosted the Sci-Fi Channels reality show Estate of Panic and he voiced the character of Alistair in Dragon Age, Origins as well as the character of Harry Flynn in the video game Uncharted 2, Among Thieves. Beyond movies, Valentine is an accomplished magician, using this skill to portray magicians occasionally. He also was Mr. Moore in the 2010-aired Disney Channel movie Avalon High, which was his third Disney Channel Movie, in 2013, along with Kevin Chamberlin, he played a villain on Teen Beach Movie, which starred Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. Valentine lived in Los Angeles with his wife, Shari. He is now married to actress Inna Korobkina and he had a daughter, Evie Rose Valentine, on 7 October 2011 and one son born in December 2015. Actor Writer Producer Director Miscellaneous Interview with Daily Record Showbiz Steve Valentine at the Internet Movie Database Official Website