Tony McHale

Screenwriter and Director
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Tony McHale was born in Bradford and educated at Hanson Grammar School,
before going to the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. In the early
stages of his career, he worked extensively as an actor at various theatres
including Birmingham Rep, the Belgrade Coventry, Chester Gateway, the Q20
Theatre Company, Chesterfield Civic Theatre and Windsor Theatre Royal. His
film appearances included A Bridge Too Far, That’ll Be The Day, The People
That Time Forgot and the horror movie The Rain. On television he appeared in a
wide range of shows such as The Liver Birds, Terry and June, The Cost of
Loving, Game For A Laugh, the Play For Today – Chance of a Life Time and
Beadle’s About as well been a co-presenter on Sky By Day. The high point of his
acting career was killing his own career by murdering Ernie Bishop in Coronation
Street.
During this period, he developed his skills as both a writer and director. As a
stage director his diverse credits include On Golden Pond, Laburnum Grove,
Bent, The Three Sisters, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bare Foot in the
Park, Rape of the Belt, The Odd Couple, After The Fall, Once A Catholic, Private
Lives and a number of musicals including Skool’s Kool, Salad Days and Cabaret.
He has worked constantly as a radio drama writer and his work includes Still Life,
[which was also adapted for the stage] and the award-winning No Get Out
Clause, Get It Off Your Chest, Son From Soho, Overheard, Network and Dead In
The Water.
But over the last forty years he has become renowned for his work in television.
He has directed and produced a number of shows, but has worked primarily as a
writer with literally hundreds of hours of screen credits to his name. His credits
include:
Silent Witness, Trial and Retribution, Waking The Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe, The
Bill, Beech Is Back, Second Sight, Murphy’s Law, Dangerfield, Out Of Hours,
Red Alert, Casualty, Perfect Scoundrels, Boon, Saracens, All Change, Eldorado
and his own international award-winning five hour television thriller made by
London Films for the BBC – Resort To Murder – which was winner of the

Cologne Film and Television Festival. He also wrote and directed the
thriller/horror series Headless a Sanctuary Films production.
Tony was on the original team that launched EastEnders and was the first writer
to write over 100 episodes. He became the show’s lead writer and story
consultant and series consultant as well as going on to direct a numerous
episodes.
In 1999 he was engaged to create and write the successful BBC hospital drama
Holby City and was the programme’s Executive Producer and Series Consultant
from 2006 to 2010, during which time he was the recipient of a BAFTA – a
recognition of the show’s success.
Tony was also involved in the conception, creation and production of the highly
successful Delhi based Indian drama Jasoos Vijay, and has also created TV
series in various countries including Dubai, Egypt, South Africa and New
Zealand.
Recently Tony took on the role of script executive for the C4 drama/reality show

– Murder Island. He has recently completed a new stage play – Slow Train A-
Coming, a thriller with a difference.

He has written two novels, both thrillers – Beck Le Street and Edge of Civilisation
and is working on a third. And then there’s BLOODBATH THE MUSICAL … his own
rock comedy thriller musical for the stage, which was showcased in Edinburgh
and will be unleashed on the public at large in 2025.
Tony directed the musical All Or Nothing, which toured the UK before transferring
to the West End. His work also includes writing and directing a series of TV
commercials for the charity Children With Cancer UK and writing and directing a
spoof thriller The Case of The Dead Agent for the Internet show WonderBirds.
He is currently developing two feature films, a number of projects for TV as well
as writing his third novel and he continues to lecture all over the world on writing,
directing and producing.
He is also the proud recipient of an Honorary Fellowship from the Rose Bruford
College and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford.
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More information

Tony McHale is appearing at the following sessions:

1030 to 1130 Breaking Into TV

1030 to 1130 Breaking Into TV

A panel of TV writers share their varied and inspirational journeys into the industry. How is it done? Lots of different ways!