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Nation to see scriptwriting student’s talent

30 January 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Script for BBC One drama is the work of UCLan postgraduate

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student will see his work appear on the national television this week.

MA Scriptwriting student Elliot Hope has co-written an episode of daytime drama Moving On for BBC One.

‘That’s Amore’, co-written with Elliot’s writing partner Johanne McAndrew, will be broadcast on at 2.15pm this Friday, 1 February.

It features some famous faces including Mancunian funny man Jason Manford and popular face of comedy drama Rebekah Staton. The programme also marks the directorial debut of St Helens comedian Johnny Vegas.

“Elliott is a massively talented writer who embodies what the course at UCLan is all about”

Elliot and his co-writer have written scripts for some of nation’s favourite programmes including Candy Cabs, Holby City, Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Down to Earth and Where the Heart Is.

He is also currently working on an episode of Holby City and has been commissioned to write a feature film.

The mature student said: “I’m delighted to have won a place on the MA in Scriptwriting at UCLan. Despite having more than 16 years of experience in the UK television industry, I am learning new techniques and obtaining a huge breadth of knowledge from all the various disciplines that are contained within the syllabus. I cannot recommend the course highly enough and my co-writer has already applied for next year’s intake.”

The production will have a special screening at BAFTA headquarters in London this week.

UCLan Scriptwriting Course Leader Bill McCoid added: “Elliott is a massively talented writer who embodies what the course at UCLan is all about.”