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Kay Mellor

Kirsty Young interviews writer and producer Kay Mellor.

Kay Mellor, OBE, is an English screenwriter and director best known for TV drama series including Band of Gold, Playing the Field, Fat Friends and The Syndicate. She has won a Bafta award, along with numerous nominations, and she received a Royal Television Society Fellowship in 2016. She has also worked as an actress, and has written for the stage.

Kay was born in Leeds and has lived there all her life. It's also the home of her production company. Her highly successful career now seems worlds away from her early life, when she became pregnant and got married at the age of 16, curtailing her dreams of going to drama school. Later, whilst enjoying motherhood, she decided to return to education, studying for a degree in drama at Bretton Hall College.

Upon graduation, she worked in theatre, then at Granada TV as a scriptwriter on Coronation Street before embarking on her own prolific writing career for TV and theatre.

She celebrates her Golden Wedding anniversary later this year.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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35 minutes


Music Played

  • The Beautiful South

    Perfect 10

    • Quench.
    • Mercury Records.
    • 5.
  • Amy Winehouse

    Our Day Will Come

    • Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
    • Island Records.
    • 1.
  • Procol Harum

    A Whiter Shade Of Pale

    • Procol Harum.
    • Parlophone.
    • 11.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Let's Spend The Night Together

    • Between the Buttons.
    • Decca.
    • 1.

    • Louis Armstrong

      What a Wonderful World

      • What a Wonderful World.
      • Sony Classics.
      • 1.
  • George Harrison

    My Sweet Lord

    • All Things Must Pass.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Diana Ross

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    • The No. 1’s.
    • Universal-Island Records.
    • 15.
  • John Legend

    Ordinary People

    • Get Lifted.
    • Sony.
    • 8.

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


    Coloured pens and paper


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Kay Mellor
Producer Sarah Taylor


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