12th February 2004

 

STUDENTS TO GET TIPS FROM TV SCREENWRITER

 

A television dramatist renowned for his work retelling factual events is to talk about his methods to Media Production students at the University of Lincoln next week.

 

Neil Mckay, who wrote ‘Wall of Silence’, the ITV1 drama starring James Nesbitt about the murder in 1997 of London teenager Jamie Robe, will be at the university on Tuesday 17th February.

 

Among his other credits are ‘This is Personal - The Hunt For The Yorkshire Ripper’, which won a gold medal at the New York Film Festival, a BAFTA nomination and Best Single Drama at the 2001 Broadcast Awards, and ‘Innocents’, a Channel 4 drama about the paediatric heart surgery scandal at Bristol Royal Infirmary which was nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

 

He has also written for ‘The Bill’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Medics’, ‘London's Burning’, ‘Maisie Raine’, and ‘Ambassador’ and has produced scripts for radio, original plays and adaptations of literary works.

 

His research and development lecture to third-year students at 2pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the university’s Brayford Pool campus next Tuesday will use ‘Wall of Silence’ as an example of researching and writing television drama from factual events.

 

Two productions scheduled for broadcast this year and written by Mr Mckay include ‘The Stephen Downing Affair’ and ‘Dunkirk’.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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