Tinniswood Award 2016

Winner: Julian Simpson for Fugue State

Produced by Karen Rose, Sweet Talk Productions, 45’, BBC R4

Julian Simpson is a well-established television director/writer whose manifold credits include SpooksNew TricksHustle, etc. Julian diversified into radio in 2007 with his drama Fragments. He has since written Bad Memories, in 2012 winner of the BBC Drama Award for Best Use of Sound, and most recently Kokomo. Julian is currently developing a 6-part crime drama for BBC One and he has a movie, Run, in development with Potboiler Films.


Sean Grundy Far Side of the Moore
Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by David Morley, Perfectly Normal, 45’, BBC R4

Sean Grundy’s first Afternoon Play for Radio 4, Cavity, received rave press reviews and his second, The Recordist, was Sony nominated. His latest works are a 10-part adaptation of his R4 Afternoon Play The Best Queue and Far Side of the Moore. He is currently working on a radio serialisation of The Andy Warhol Diaries and a biopic of the YBA BritArt movement. Sean is also developing TV projects including a series for the BBC. 

Joseph O’Connor Vampyre Man
Directed by Stephen Wright and Jenny Thompson, Produced by Gemma McMullen, BBC Drama Belfast, 90’, BBC R3

(Photo credit: Gerry Sandford)

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels, including Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), The Salesman (in development with Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV), and Star of the Sea (to be filmed by Peter Kosminski). He has also written radio diaries, film scripts and stage-plays. He received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2012.


Linda Marshall Griffiths Dream of White Horses
Produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC Drama North, 90’, BBC R3

Linda Marshall Griffiths has written extensively for theatre, short film and radio. Her original dramas for radio include Things Might Change or Cease for BBC Radio 3 and The EmbraceMan in the MoonThe Minute When your Life Stops and Monkeyface. Recent work includes a contemporary reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and her next play The Sky is Wider is a collaboration for the Wellcome Trust’s ‘States of Mind, Edges of Consciousness’ Season.

(Photo credit: Nadia Molinari)

Nick Warburton Tommies: 14 October 1914
Produced by Jonquil Panting, BBC Drama London, 45’, BBC R4

(Photo credit: Dale Warburton.)

Nick Warburton has written scripts for stage, television and radio. He has previously won the Tinniswood Award, as well as the BBC/Radio Times Drama Award, the Sandford St Martin Award and the Jerusalem Award. He created the original drama series On Mardle Fen which ran for six series. Writing for TV and Radio – a Writers’ and Artists’ Companion, co-written with Sue Teddern (Bloomsbury) is now available and features this episode.