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.
One writer will receive a nine-month mentoring placement with Lime Pictures, working on their award-winning serial drama Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and E4. Another writer will develop an original TV drama project with Bonafide Films, whose recent shows include The Last Post by Peter Moffat for BBC One. The winners also receive a bursary of £3000 to support their involvement in the programme.
To date, nine winners of the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards have embarked on mentoring programmes with Lime Pictures, in both its serial drama and children’s drama departments; and on original dramas with Bonafide Films and Red Productions. All of the recipients were new writers with no prior experience of working in television.