Tony Marchant (playwright)

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Tony Marchant (born 11 July 1959, East London) is a British playwright and television dramatist. In 1982 he won the London Critics' Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright for The Lucky Ones and Raspberry. In 1999 he won the British Academy Television Awards Dennis Potter Award for services to television. His television work includes the acclaimed Holding On (1997), Never, Never, starring John Simm and Take Me Home.

He was resident writer at the Royal National Theatre.

He has also written the comedy film Different for Girls.

He appeared on University Challenge (BBC Two) in a special actors-versus-writers episode in January 2006.

In 2007 he wrote an ITV series, Whistleblowers, for ITV, and an award-winning single film, Mark of Cain for C4.

In 2008, David Tennant starred in a BBC1 single film, Recovery, in which Marchant explored the aftermath of brain injury on a man's life and family.

In 2009 he wrote the teleplay for the CBC Television movie Diverted starring British actor David Suchet and Canadian actor Shawn Ashmore. This drama centred on the impact the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks had on the town of Gander, Newfoundland as hundreds of flights were forced to land outside of American airspace.

He wrote episodes for all 3 series of Garrow's Law, the film The Dig and, broadcast in 2012, the hard-hitting drama about the British probation service Public Enemies, all for BBC1.

Marchant has inspired a new generation of writers, most notably, Danny Brocklehurst and Jed Mercurio, who both cite him as an inspiration.[citation needed]

He was featured in the writers section of the Broadcast magazine Hot 100 2006. He lives in London.

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