The Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards were founded in 2014 as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards. The opportunity offers writers a 12-month programme of development and mentoring support from experienced television professionals.
In 2015, Nuzhat Ali was awarded a 12-month development bursary with RED Productions, where she worked on a pilot episode for an original drama set in Nuzhat’s home town of Bradford. As a result of the development period, Nuzhat is continuing to work with RED and has received a commission worth £5,000 from Channel 4 to write a full script for episode 1 of a new series. Sharma Walfall spent a year working on Hollyoaks, and Lime Pictures has commissioned her first full episode for the serial drama, which will be aired in January 2017.
2016 recipients of the award Jayshree Patel and Drew Hubbard have recently begun working on Hollyoaks, and Elizabeth Lomas has begun working in Lime Pictures children’s drama department, home to Evermoor Chronicles, Rocket’s Island and House of Anubis. Each writer received a £3,000 bursary to support their involvement in the award. They may be offered a paid commission at the end of their development programme.