Tony Doyle Award
As a crime writer, I’m particularly happy to have a chance to learn from a team which is producing some of the most interesting and exciting UK crime series on TV at the moment.Brian McGilloway
Writer-in-residence opportunity for Irish writers who are passionate about pursuing a career in television.
The Tony Doyle Award was established in 2001 in memory of Tony Doyle; one of Ireland’s foremost television actors who starred in many BBC, ITV and RTE dramas, including for the BBC - Ballykissangel; Amongst Women and Between the Lines.
Launched by BBC Northern Ireland Drama in conjunction with BBC Writersroom, the aim of the Award is to encourage Irish writers to write for television - the medium in which Tony Doyle had his greatest success. The award winner(s) receive a Writer in Residence opportunity with BBC Drama in Northern Ireland for a period of six months; a department which has recently produced The Fall, Line of Duty 1&2, From There to Here and Jamaica Inn.
Brian McGilloway from Londonderry was the 2014 award winner receiving a £2,000 cash prize and the position of Writer in Residence at BBC Northern Ireland for six months. During that time he will gain an introduction to the world of television drama.
The judges also acknowledged Eoin O’Connor’s huge achievement in writing “30 Eggs” (which has subsequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 4) and presented him with a cash prize of £1000. BBC Northern Ireland also plans to nurture his development and talent as a TV writer.
2001 - Bill Murphy
2002 - Brian Dungan
2003 - Dominique Moloney
2004 - Danny Stack
2007 - Abbie Spallen
2008 - Martin McSweeney
2009 - Martin McNamara
2010 - Vanessa Pope
2014 - Brian McGilloway
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Read this script from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.