Nick Leather

Nick Leather

Course
MA TV and Radio Scriptwriting

Year of graduation
2002

Current job title and company/profession
Screenwriter

Nick Leather’s CBBC drama Rocket’s Island will return for a thirteen-part series in 2014, after a three-part serial originally broadcast last year. His other television work includes Justice (BBC1), Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On (BBC1), Stepping Up (CBBC/BBC1) and Secrets and Words (BBC1). In 2012, he won the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Episode of a Continuing Drama for his work on Hollyoaks. He created the Radio 4 series Cottonopolis, and his other radio work includes The Domino Man of Lancashire and Wednesdays with Strangers (both Radio 4), plus A Northern Elegy (Radio 3).

His stageplay All the Ordinary Angels was produced on the main stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and won the Pearson Award for Best New Play, whilst Billy Wonderful was produced at the Liverpool Everyman. He has also previously been Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Screenwriter-in-Residence at Lime Pictures, and Writer-on-Attachment at the Royal National Theatre, and is currently developing a number of original projects for BBC Television, Lime Pictures and LA Productions.

"Not only did the course give me the opportunity to develop my writing in a supportive and nurturing environment, it taught me about the industry itself, and inspired me to believe that one day I might be part of it."