John Fay (writer)

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John Fay
Occupation Screenwriter, Playwright
Nationality British
Genres Drama, Soap Opera, science fiction
Notable work(s) Brookside, Coronation Street, Torchwood, Mobile
Notable award(s) Best Continuing Drama
2005 Coronation Street

John Fay is a British television writer, and playwright from Merseyside. He is known for his work on television soap operas Brookside and Coronation Street as well as his later work on original dramatic production.

Television career[edit]

Fay began his television career on Brookside, although he states in an interview that it took him 16 years and several speculative scripts to get taken on to the writing staff full-time.[1] He stayed on the creative team for two years, writing 54 episodes,[2] before joining the writing staff of Coronation Street, writing 94 episodes [2] and becoming lead writer.[3] In 2005 he received the British Academy Television Award for Best Continuing Drama, sharing the BAFTA with Coronation Street producer Tony Wood and director Ian Bevitt. One of his notable scripts for Coronation Street was “Richard Hillman’s murder confession” which attracted over 19 million viewers.[2] Fay's other television contributions include episodes of Clocking Off, Blue Murder and Robin Hood. In 2007, Fay created the three-part ITV drama series Mobile. Fay is a self-confessed hater of mobile telephones and in Mobile chose to explore the themes of "people's paranoid desire to always be in contact with each other" and whether mobile phones are actually necessary.[4]

Russell T Davies, having been an admirer of John Fay's work on Coronation Street and Mobile, approached Fay to write for the third series of Torchwood.[1] Fay wrote two episodes of the award-winning third series of Torchwood, subtitled Children of Earth, which aired 7 July and 9 July 2009.[5] He returned to write the ninth episode of the shows' fourth series, Torchwood: Miracle Day a collaboration between BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and US cable channel Starz.[6][7][8][2] In 2011 he also wrote for the fourth series of Primeval.[2]

Fay has written two episodes of the Jimmy McGovern Drama Moving On, Sauce for the Goose - the first episode of the second series, and an episode of the third series, airing Autumn 2011, which he will also direct.[1] He is in the progress of writing an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.[2]

Theatre writing[edit]

Fay began his writing career by writing and producing his own stage plays for local theatres around Liverpool,[1] including several plays for Kirkby Response Theatre during the nineties. His later credits include the stage plays The Cruel Sea and Eat My Eyes.[2]

Personal life[edit]

John Fay is originally from Merseyside,[9] and is currently based in Maghull, to the north of Liverpool, where he lives with his wife.[1] His father died shortly before he came to write Children of Earth, which Fay acknowledges when retroactively considering his views on the serial.[9] He cites John Proctor from Arthur Miller's The Crucible as his favourite fictional character of all time, and Rhys Williams as his favourite Torchwood character.[1]

Selected credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "LiveRead author interview: Torchwood writer John Fay". Liverpool Daily Post. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "John Fay". Culverhouse & James Ltd. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  3. ^ Green, Kris (2005-06-09). "Corrie writers unhappy with time change". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  4. ^ Wylie, Ian (2007-03-19). "Behind the scenes on the Mobile set". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Torchwood – Children Of Earth Press Pack: Cast List and Production Team" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  6. ^ "'Torchwood' attracts 'Buffy,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'House' writers". Chicago Tribune. 2010-08-06. 
  7. ^ Connelly, Brendon (7 January 2011). "The Plot Premise Of The New Torchwood (Plus Extra News On The Show, While We’re At It) – UPDATED WITH MORE". Bleeding Cool News. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Foster, Chuck (2011-03-08). "Torchwood: Week Eight Production". The Doctor Who News Page. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Torchwood writer John Fay excited by The New World, plus why killing Ianto was ‘right thing to do’". SciFiLove.com. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  10. ^ "The Mill - Press". Channel 4. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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