Pete McTighe

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Pete McTighe
Born Peter McTighe[1]
United Kingdom
Occupation Television writer

Pete McTighe is a British writer who has written for many television productions in the UK and Australia including Wentworth, EastEnders, Tatau, Nowhere Boys, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours, Crownies and Winners & Losers. McTighe has received four Australian Writers Guild Award nominations for his work.


McTighe was born in the United Kingdom.[2] 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.[1] McTighe was invited to join the writing team at Neighbours in 2006.[1] He was later promoted to supervising script editor.[3] The following year, McTighe revealed that Neighbours would be going back to concentrating more on family drama.[3] McTighe wrote the show's 6000th episode, which aired as part of the 25th anniversary on 27 August 2010.[2] In 2012, he was nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) in the category of Best Television Serial for Episode 6231, which featured Jim Dolan's death.[4]

McTighe wrote scripts for the ABC drama series Crownies and later Tricky Business and the Seven Network drama Winners & Losers.[2][5][6] In 2011, McTighe started writing for the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.[7] The following year 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.[2] 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] His 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]

Also in 2013, McTighe wrote episodes for the second series of The Doctor Blake Mysteries.[14] 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.[15] McTighe wrote episodes for the second series of Wentworth, including the opening episode and the series finale.[16] In 2014 he wrote for the BBC America supernatural/mystery series Tatau,[17] as well as the third series of Wentworth and the comedy-drama Cara Fi.[18] In 2015, McTighe received two AWGIE Award nominations – one for his Wentworth Series 2 finale episode "Fear Her" and one for the teen supernatural series Nowhere Boys.[19] In August 2016 he was nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award for the Wentworth Series 3 finale "Blood And Fire".[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Performance Perspectives". The Rehearsal Room. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Pete McTighe". Berlin Associates. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Rowe, Darren (14 April 2009). "'Neighbours' going 'back to its roots'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  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. ^ Knox, David (16 June 2013). "Cast Returns To Doctor Blake". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "List of Hartnell DVD releases". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Foxtel Episode Guide". 20 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Berlin Associates". Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Cara Fi Homepage". Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "AWGIE nominations". Australian Writers Guild. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "AWGIE nominations". Australian Writers Guild. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 

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