Pete McTighe is a British writer who has written for many television productions in the UK and Australia including EastEnders, Crownies, Tricky Business, Winners & Losers and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. McTighe joined the writing team of the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 2006. In 2013, McTighe became head writer for Wentworth, a re-imagining of Prisoner Cell Block H, which began airing from May that year.
McTighe was born in the United Kingdom. McTighe attended a course on writing for soap operas at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, which was run by the supervising script editor for Neighbours. McTighe was invited to join the writing team at Neighbours in 2006. He was later promoted to supervising script editor. The following year, McTighe revealed that Neighbours would be going back to concentrating more on family drama. McTighe wrote the show's 6000th episode, which aired as part of the 25th anniversary on 27 August 2010. In 2012, he was nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award in the category of Best Television Serial for Episode 6231, which featured Jim Dolan's death.
McTighe wrote scripts for the ABC drama series Crownies and later Tricky Business and the Seven Network drama Winners & Losers. In 2011, McTighe started writing for the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. The following year it was announced McTighe would be writing scripts for a reimagining of Prisoner Cell Block H called Wentworth. McTighe was the head writer for the first series, writing six of the ten episodes. His pilot script for Wentworth was unveiled to the media in February 2013 to a positive reception. Ben Pobjie from The Age called the production "a no-holds-barred triumph". His pilot episode became the most watched non-sport program in subscription television history, and the series itself went on to sell extensively internationally and to be remade (using McTighe's scripts) in the Netherlands and Germany. Also in 2013, McTighe wrote episodes for the second series of The Doctor Blake Mysteries. A keen Doctor Who fan, McTighe wrote the sleeve notes for many of the classic Doctor Who DVD releases during the final years of the range. McTighe wrote episodes for the second series of Wentworth, including the opening episode and the series finale.
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