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
Category: TV

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 - BallykissangelAmongst 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 FallLine of Duty 1&2From 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. 

30 Eggs has been shortlisted for the 2016 Imison Award for the best original script by a writer new to radio.

Previous Winners

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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