Pete McTighe

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Pete McTighe
Peter McTighe[1]

United Kingdom
OccupationTelevision writer

Pete McTighe is a British screenwriter. He is the originating writer of Wentworth, a female ensemble prison drama series that won Most Outstanding and Most Popular Drama at the Logie Awards.[2] He has written for various television productions in the UK and Australia including Doctor Who, Glitch, Neighbours, Nowhere Boys and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. McTighe has received five Australian Writers Guild Award nominations for his work.


Early work[edit]

McTighe was born in the United Kingdom.[3] McTighe was invited to join the writing team at Neighbours in 2006.[1] He 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 (AWGIE) in the category of Best Television Serial for Episode 6231.[4]

McTighe later wrote scripts for the ABC drama series Crownies, Tricky Business and the Seven Network drama Winners & Losers.[5][6] In 2011, McTighe started writing for the BBC One drama EastEnders.[7]


In 2012, it was announced McTighe would be writing a reimagining of Prisoner Cell Block H called Wentworth.[8] McTighe was the head writer for the first series, writing six of the ten episodes.[3] His pilot script for Wentworth was unveiled to the media in February 2013 to a positive reception.[9][10] Ben Pobjie from The Age called the production "a no-holds-barred triumph".[11] McTighe's pilot episode became the most watched non-sport program in subscription television history,[12] and the series itself went on to sell extensively internationally and to be remade (using McTighe's scripts) in the Netherlands and Germany.[13] The series has won dozens of awards including Most Outstanding Drama several years in a row.[14] McTighe wrote the opening episode and the series finale of the second season,[15] for which he received an AWGIE Award nomination.[16] In August 2016 he was nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award for the Wentworth Series 3 finale "Blood And Fire"[17] and a year later he was nominated for a fifth time for the Wentworth Series 4 finale.[18]

Other work[edit]

McTighe wrote episodes for the second series of The Doctor Blake Mysteries[19] In 2014 he wrote for the BBC America supernatural/mystery series Tatau,[20] and the comedy-drama Cara Fi.[21] In 2015, McTighe received an AWGIE Award nomination for his work on the teen supernatural series Nowhere Boys.[16] He also wrote scripts for the 2017 Netflix/ABC drama series Glitch.[22] McTighe wrote the sleeve notes for many of the classic DVD releases during the final years of the range.[23] In 2018 he became Content Consultant for the Doctor Who classic Blu-ray range and also wrote the booklets that accompany each box set.[24]

In August 2018, McTighe was announced as one of the writers for the eleventh series of Doctor Who; his episode is the seventh in the series, titled "Kerblam!".[25] The BBC press release quoted him as saying, "My entire television career has quite literally been an elaborate plan to get to write Doctor Who – and no one is more shocked than me that it paid off. I've been having the time of my life working with Chris, and writing for Jodie and the new team, and can't wait for everyone to see what we've been up to."[26]


  1. ^ a b "Performance Perspectives". The Rehearsal Room. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Foxtel's Gritty Drama Wins Big Time". News Corp. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Pete McTighe". Berlin Associates. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. ^ "2012 AWGIE Nominees". Australian Writers Guild Awards. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Tricky Business". ScreenNSW. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  6. ^ Richey, Anne (19 January 2011). "Crownies – ABC long running drama series is about um.. lawyers". Screen Hub. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Catch-up: Friday 8th April". BBC. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  8. ^ Knox, David (5 March 2012). "Val Lehman wants to return to Wentworth". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Foxtel unveils Prisoner revamp". The Music. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  10. ^ Byrnes, Holly (28 February 2013). "Prisoner Remake Makes Underbelly Look Tame". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  11. ^ Pobjie, Ben (28 February 2013). "Prisoner Reboot A No Holds Barred Triumph". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  12. ^ Knox, David (21 May 2013). "Record Ratings For Wentworth". TV Tonightaccessdate=23 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Wentworth Adapted". 4 February 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Wentworth scoops best Australian drama". Fairfax Media. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Foxtel Episode Guide". 20 April 2014.
  16. ^ a b "AWGIE nominations". Australian Writers Guild. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  17. ^ "AWGIE nominations". Australian Writers Guild. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  18. ^ "AWGIE nominations". Australian Writers Guild. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  19. ^ Knox, David (16 June 2013). "Cast Returns To Doctor Blake". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Berlin Associates". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Cara Fi Homepage". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Drama Lovers". Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  23. ^ "List of Hartnell DVD releases". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  24. ^ "Doctor Who The Collection Season 12". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  25. ^ Marcus. "Doctor Who Episodes Seven and Eight". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Doctor Who announces Writers and Directors for all new series". BBC Online. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.

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