Very excited to announce that we've selected 3 outstanding scripts for our #Hackgate Rapid Response. With only a week to turnaround the scripts, we received 179 submissions in total (though rather disappointingly only 10-15% of these were from female writers).

You've entertained us in the office for the past week with your explorations of the dark and seedy - the writing strongly reflected desperate times calling for desperate measures, with tales of journalists and family members alike outdoing and double crossing each other.

One observation which kept cropping up in the scripts (and gave us a chuckle) - was the striking resemblance of the former chief executive of a a major news organisation to a certain flame-haired former lead singer of a British blue-eyed soul band :-)

We were chuffed to have writer Tim Price on board to help judge the scripts. We first fell in love with Tim when he was one of The 50 writers in our partnership with the Royal Court Theatre. From the Welsh valleys, Tim has written for Welsh language TV and Secret Diary of a Call Girl before being was chosen for the BBC Writers Academy in 2009 and writing for Eastenders, Casualty, Holby and Doctors. His debut full length play For Once just ran to rave reviews at Hampstead Theatre. And he hosts a new writing night in a Mongolian Yurt in Cardiff. What a guy.

Below are the winning scripts, along with some feedback from Tim on why they were chosen:


I've Been Expecting You
by Othniel Smith

"I've Been Expecting You has great characterisation and is consistently written. This is a script where we all felt safe in Othniel's hands whilst reading it."

Phone Hacking is a Juvenile Business by Ross Churchill

"Phone Hacking is a Juvenile Business is a script with bags of energy. I loved the heightened, stylised form and felt Ross was able to say more about the scandal than others who chose naturalism."


This is Jack, Leave a Message, Alright?
By Jimmy Osborne

"This is Jack, Leave a Message, Alright? is a brave, beautiful piece and shows the writer's confident use of form. I could imagine it being an afternoon play."

We also want to give honourable mentions to Tom Crowley for "Have you Seen Lucinda Jameson" and Richard Budden for Suspicion, both of which came very high on our shortlist.

A big thank you to all who entered.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by cerriden

    on 23 Aug 2011 14:36

    "This is Jack, Leave a message, Alright" is chillingly, disturbingly good. I couldn't shake it off, it stayed in my thoughts for hours after reading. Congratulations.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by ex-cartoonist

    on 12 Aug 2011 17:55

    Amanda, thanks for the tip. I've installed the RSS feed as you suggested.

    And if I STILL miss the next Rapid Response, stalking's my back-up option.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Amanda

    on 11 Aug 2011 20:11

    @ ex-cartoonist

    Stick the RSS feed into your toolbar or follow them on Twitter. Stalking's a great hobby for the recluse.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by ex-cartoonist

    on 11 Aug 2011 17:41

    Dear Fiona,

    I missed entering #Hackgate and feel a bit miffed - I love the Rapid Response competition and, after entering 'In The Red' last time, I regularly checked the Writersroom Blog to see when the next one would be. However, the first I saw of it was when you announced the winners.

    Where do I need to check so as to not miss the next Rapid Response?

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Kett123

    on 10 Aug 2011 12:18

    Congratulations to all. Love 'This is Jack, Leave a message, Alright?'. Well done Jimmy Osborne you are obviously going to have a big future. Look forward to hearing more from you.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by joylud

    on 10 Aug 2011 06:08

    Well done to you all. I especially love 'This is Jack, Leave a message, Alright?'

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Amanda

    on 9 Aug 2011 09:00

    @ Fiona Mahon

    "With only a week to turnaround the scripts, we received 179 submissions in total (though rather disappointingly only 10-15% of these were from female writers)."

    A true lady would never kiss and tell.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by othy

    on 9 Aug 2011 08:27

    Pleased to be in such good company.

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