The 2020 British Screenwriters’ Awards

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Saturday 7.45pm

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with Betty Denville and Aidan Goatley

The 2020 British Screenwriters’ Awards image

The British Screenwriters’ Awards now has an official website HERE.

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And we rose to the challenge and launched the British Screenwriters’ Awards.

All London Screenwriters Festival delegates get a free pass to the awards and you can buy additional passes for friends and family below. Non delegates can also attend by buying a pass to the awards and party.

This year at the London Screenwriters Festival we will run the fifth British Screenwriters Awards, honouring outstanding writing from newcomers and established screenwriters in both film and television.

You can be sure it will be a star studded night to remember, a chance to mingle with the brightest names in screenwriting, to get your photo taken on the red carpet and to enjoy the after party fun and games.

The British Screenwriters’ Awards Nominations and Winners in Red for 2018

Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing

  • Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela / Hugh Welchman / Jacek Dehnel
  • Beast by Michael Pearce
  • The Ritual by Joe Barton (Based on the novel by Adam Nevill)
  • Dark River by Clio Barnard (Based in part on the novel by Rose Tremain)
  • God’s Own Country by Francis Lee

Best British Feature Film Writing

  • Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten
  • The Death of Stalin by The Writing Team
  • Lady Macbeth by Alice Birch (Based on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh
  • I Am Not A Witch by Rungano Nyoni

Best British Children’s Television

  • Creeped Out by Bede Blake / Robert Butler / Denis McGrath
  • So Awkward by The Writing Team
  • Like Me by Adam Tyler, Bob Ayres and Toby Lloyd
  • Class Dismissed by The Writing Team
  • Go Jetters by The Writing Team


Outstanding Newcomer for British Television Writing

  • The End of The Fucking World by Charlie Covell (Based on the Comic book by Charles S. Forsman)
  • Murdered for Being Different by Nick Leather
  • Save Me by Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan / Marlon Smith / Lennie James


Best British TV Drama Writing

  • Liar by Harry Williams / Jack Williams
  • Our Girl by Tony Grounds / Loren Mclaughlan / Amy Roberts
  • The State by Peter Kosminsky
  • Broken by Jimmy McGovern / Shaun Duggan / Colette Kane / Nick Leather
  • Patrick Melrose by Edward St. Aubyn / David Nicholls

Best Crime Writing on Television

  • Marcella by The Writing Team
  • McMafia by The Writing Team
  • Kiri by Jack Thorne / Rachel De-Lahay
  • Top of the Lake by Jane Campion / Gerard Lee
  • Collateral by David Hare


Best Comedy Writing on Television

  • Famalam by Tom Marshall / Akemnji Ndifornyen
  • Timewasters by Daniel Lawrence Taylor / Barunka O’Shaughnessy
  • Derry Girls by Lisa McGee
  • Sick Note by Nat Saunders / James Serafinowicz
  • Motherland by The Writing Team

Impact50 Best Film Awards (all winners)

  • ‘Equal’, written by Ben Lacey, produced by Isos
  • ‘Leargaidh’, written by Matt George Lovett, produced by Meshes Films LLP
  • ‘White Liar’, written by Ben Mole, Produced by Core Films
  • ‘In Vino Veritas’, written by Kim Wheeler, Produced by Flickering Wick
  • ‘Music to Die For’, written by Dee Chilton, produced by Natasha Marburger Productions

Maximum Impact50 Best Film Awards (all winners)

  • ‘Francis of Fell End Farm’, written by Milethia Thomas, produced by LTBL Productions
  • ‘T-Minus’ written by Carolyn Goodyear, produced by Adrian G. De la Pena
  • ‘The Travelers’ written by Matt Giannini, produced by Silverbird Productions Ltd


The Fitzmaurice Award

  • Justine Heart and Charlotte Macleod accepted the award for Lucy Sher.
    More about the Fitzmaurice Award HERE.

The Nominations for 2017 (winners in bold and red)

The Fourth British Screenwriters’ Awards was a spectacular and celebratory evening hosted by Deborah Francis-White of Guilty Feminist notoriety.

The awards were individually presented by special guests and the ceremony was hosted by the simply fabulous Fleur Keith.

The voice overs for the awards videos were performed by the deliriously talented Kat Rose Martin adding an delicious regional accent to the proceedings.

A truly magnificent evening out.

Photos on the night were taken by Seb Solberg and Naomi Koji-Paton.

Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing

  • 100 Streets by Leon Butler
  • Eddie The Eagle by Sean Macaulay
  • The Girl with all the Gifts by Mike Carey
  • The Pass by John Donnelly
  • Prevenge by Alice Lowe
  • Under The Shadow by Babak Anvari

Best British Children’s Television

  • The Amazing World of Gumball by the writing team
  • Class Dismissed by the writing team
  • Counterfeit Cat by the writing team
  • Eve by the writing team
  • The Worst Witch by the writing team

Outstanding Newcomer for British Television Writing

  • Apple Tree Yard by Amanda Coe and Louise Doughty
  • Damilola, Our Beloved Boy by Levi David Addai
  • Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • The Hollow Crown by Ben Power
  • NW by Rachel Bennette (Based on novel by Zadie Smith)

Best British
TV Drama Writing

  • Three Girls by Nicole Taylor
  • The Crown by Peter Morgan
  • Little Boy Blue by Jeff Pope
  • The Moorside by Neil McKay
  • National Treasure by Jack Thorne

Best Crime Writing on Television (Series/Single Drama)

  • Broadchurch by Chris Chibnall
  • Born to Kill by Kate Ashfield, Tracey Malone and Kate Gartside
  • Broken by Jimmy McGovern, Shaun Duggan, Colette Kane and Nick Leather
  • Line of Duty by Jed Mercurio
  • The Missing by Harry Williams and Jack Williams
  • Unforgotten by Chris Lang

Best Comedy Writing on Television

  • Camping by Julia Davis
  • This Country by Charlie Cooper and Daisy May Cooper
  • The Durrells by Simon Nye
  • Flowers by Will Sharpe
  • People Just Do Nothing by Asim Chaudhry, Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa
  • Upstart Crow by Ben Elton

Best British Feature Film Writing

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie by Jennifer Saunders
  • American Honey by Andrea Arnold
  • Free Fire by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley
  • T2 by John Hodge (Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh)
  • A United Kingdom by Guy Hibbert (Based on the novel by Susan Williams)

Lifetime Achievement Award TBA on the night

  • George RR Martin

The Nominations for 2016 (winners in bold)

Outstanding Newcomer for British Television Writing

  • Doctor Foster by Mike Bartlett
  • Black Work by Matt Charman
  • The Night Manager by David Farr
  • Partners in Crime by Zinnie Harris / Claire Wilson

Best British TV Drama Writing

  • Jericho by David Ramage / Steve Thompson / Chris Dunlop / Caroline Henry
  • This is England 90 by Shane Meadows / Jack Thorne
  • Peaky Blinders by Steven Knight
  • Penny Dreadful by John Logan / Andrew Hinderaker
  • Murdered By My Father by Vinay Patel

Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing

  • Kill Your Friends by John Niven
  • Carol by Phyllis Nagy
  • The Danish Girl by Lucina Coxon
  • My Name is Emily by Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Macbeth by Jacob Koskoff / Michael Lesslie / Todd Louiso

Best Crime Writing on Television (Series/Single Drama)

  • Lucky Man by James Allen / Rachel Anthony / Neil Biswas / Stephen Gallagher / Ben Schiffer / Alan Westaway
  • No Offence by Paul Abbott / Paul Tomalin / Jimmy Dowdall / Mark Greig / Jack Lothian
  • Luther by Neil Cross by
  • The Night Manager by David Farr
  • Marcella by Marston Bloom / Mark Greig / Ben Harris / Hans Rosenfeldt

Best Comedy Writing on Television

  • Chewing Gum by Michaela Coel
  • Stag by Jim Field Smith / George Kay
  • Siblings by Keith Akushie / Daran Johnson / Joe Parham / Lucien Young
  • Car Share by Peter Kay / Paul Coleman / Sian Gibson / Tim Reid
  • Catastrophe by Rob Delaney / Sharon Horgan

Best British Children’s Television

  • Hetty Feather by the Writing Team
  • Thunderbirds are Go by the Writing Team
  • The Dumping Ground by the Writing Team
  • Dangermouse by the Writing Team
  • Sarah and Duck by Benjamin Thomas Cook / Sarah Gomes Harris

Best British Feature Film Writing

  • Brooklyn by Nick Hornby
  • Legend by Brian Helgeland
  • The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
  • Suffragette by Abi Morgan
  • 45 Years by Andrew Haigh

Lifetime Achievement Award TBA on the night

  • Simon Fitzmaurice

Create50 Awards

The Impact 50 Best Screenplay

  • More by Phil Charles
  • Sing Mummy by Tracey Parsons
  • Silent Ruin by Chris Vanderhorst
  • Without Sin by Kerry Dye
  • Meet Anne by Tyler Pierreson

Twisted 50 Best Story

  • Five Days by Susan Bodnar
  • Shenanigans by Chris Jeal
  • The Sugar Loaf and The Red Shoes by Marie Gethins
  • The Beholder by Stephanie Wessell
  • The Audition Altar by Leo Robertson

The Nominations in 2015 were (winners in bold)

Outstanding New Talent in British Television Writing

  • ‘Not Safe for Work’ by DC Moore
  • ‘Prey’ by Chris Lunt
  • ‘Cyberbully’ by David Lobatto / Ben Chanan
  • ‘Our World War’ by Joe Barton / Marco Crivellari

Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing

  • ‘71’ by Gregory Burke
  • ‘The Falling’ by Carol Morley
  • ‘Suite Francaise’ by Matt Charman / Saul Dibb
  • ‘X+Y’ by James Graham

Best British TV Drama Writing

  • ‘Humans’ by Joe Barton, Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent and Emily Ballou
  • ‘The Missing’ by Harry Williams and Jack Williams
  • ‘Call the Midwife’ by Heidi Thomas
  • ‘Sherlock’ by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat

Best British Feature Film Writing

  • ‘Ex Machina’ by Alex Garland
  • ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ by David Nicholls
  • ‘Paddington’ by Paul King
  • ‘Kajaki’ by Tom Williams

Best British Children’s Television

  • ‘Wolfblood’ by Debbie Moon, Sophie Petzal, James Whitehouse and Hannah George, Catrin Clarke, Paul Mousley, Neil Jones and Lee Walters
  • ‘Katie Morag’ by Sergio Casci, Martin McCardie, Stuart Hepburn, Linda Cameron
  • ‘Harriet’s Army’ by Guy Burt
  • ‘Eve’ by Emma Reeves, Andrew Yerlett, Joe Williams, Ann Marie Di Mambro, Vivien Adam and Kirstie Swain

Best British Crime Writing

  • ‘Peaky Blinders’ by Steven Knight
  • ‘The Fall’ by Allan Cubitt
  • ‘The Game’ by Toby Whithouse, Sarah Dollard and Debbie O’Malley
  • ‘Broadchurch’ by Chris Chibnall

The Create50 Awards ‘Moments of Courage and Kindness’

  • ‘Late Request’ by Phil Peel
  • ‘Psukhe’ by Vera Mark
  • ‘As Lao Tzu Says’ by Alexis Howell-Jones

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Steven Moffat by Mark Gatiss.

The Nominations in 2014 were (winners in bold)

Outstanding Newcomer for British Television Writing

  • ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’ by Regina Moriarty (BBC3)
  • ‘Raised By Wolves’ by Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran (Channel 4)
  • ‘In the Flesh’ by Dominic Mitchell, John Jackson and Fintan Ryan (BBC3)
  • ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ by Tom Bidwell, Rae Earl and Laura Neal (Channel 4)

Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing

  • ‘Saving Mr Banks’ by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
  • ‘The Riot Club’ by Laura Wade
  • ‘Starred Up’ by Jonathan Asser
  • ‘Pride’ by Stephen Beresford

Best British TV Drama Writing

  • ‘The Honourable Woman’ by Hugo Blick (BBC2)
  • ‘Happy Valley’ by Sally Wainwright (BBC1)
  • ‘Sherlock’ by Stephen Moffatt and Mark Gatiss (BBC1)
  • ‘Utopia’ by Dennis Kelly (Channel 4)

Best British Feature Film Writing

  • ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Clio Barnard
  • ‘Philomena’ by Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan
  • ‘Locke’ by Steven Knight
  • ‘The Double’ by Richard Ayaode and Avi Korine

Appearing in this session

Aidan Goatley

Aidan Goatley – Comedian

Aidan Goatley made his debut with his Edinburgh show 10 Films with my Dad in 2011 which went on to be performed over 500 times and in 15 countries.
Aidan Goatley
Betty Denville

Betty Denville – Actress

Credits include White House Farm, Endeavour, Seed of Chucky

Betty is the youngest of 14 generations of actors in her family. She has worked on stage and on screen both in film and in TV from a young age.
Betty Denville