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Prize Winner Announced

Prize Winner Announced
We're delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Red Planet Prize writing competition is Tom Nash with his script Percentages. His script was chosen as the stand-out story from a thousand exceptional entries.

 

A dark and compelling drama, Percentages delves into the pulsating world of professional football, telling the story of both the lives of the young sports stars and their ruthless, business-minded agents.

As the winner, Tom will now receive £5,000 for the continuing development of his script with a dedicated Development Producer at Red Planet Pictures. He will also receive a series of one-on-one masterclasses with some of the UK's most esteemed and respected writers including Tony Jordan (Life on Mars, Hustle, Dickensian), Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House, War And Peace) and Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, The Casual Vacancy).

Announcing the winner, Red Planet Pictures CEO Tony Jordan said: "It's incredibly tough to get your first break into this industry and I'm proud that Red Planet continues to use its time and resources to find the next generation of writers for television. Tom's script is a real page turner, so I can't wait to start working with him."

Tom Nash said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. It's so hard to break into the industry, so when you get proper recognition for your writing it gives you a massive confidence boost. I'm hoping it will be a big step towards becoming a full time scriptwriter. My mum Mary passed away just after I knew I'd made the second round, so I'd love to dedicate my win to her. She was always hugely supportive of my writing and would be thrilled. I entered the Red Planet Prize because it's one of the biggest screenwriting prizes in the UK and the chance to work with Tony Jordan and his company was a huge incentive. The fact that they develop and shape your script so it's ready for the market is brilliant, that's exactly what a writer needs to open those doors."

The two runners-up this year were Stephen Davis with his atmospheric supernatural thriller Blue Lake, and Lauren Sequeira's Magpie, a suspenseful detective drama with a criminal profiler at its heart. We send our congratulations to Tom, Stephen and Lauren, as well as to all of those who entered for making it such a brilliant competition this year!

The Red Planet Prize, which has been running for eight years, has enjoyed considerable success in uncovering some true hidden talent. Previous finalist Robert Thorogood created the BBC One smash hit series Death in Paradise, now starring Kris Marshall and produced by Red Planet Pictures, which returns to BBC One for a sixth series next year. 

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