UCLan graduate Tom Cowell has won the prestigious BBC Writers Room prize.
Speaking about the award, Tom said, “I’ve been entering BBC writers room competitions for years. The furthest I ever got was reaching the long list, so finding out I’d won the recent ideas tap competition was a massive, but pleasant, surprise.”
Tom graduated in July 2012 with a degree in Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio.
He was one of 40 winners, for his script about the passing of a baby’s mother, told from the child’s point of view. “He’s confused by the loss. I wanted to pull at their heartstrings, like Bambi or the Land Before Time,” Tom said, “It seems to have worked.”
As a result of the award, Tom and his 39 fellow winners get the opportunity to attend a workshop at the Lowry, then send a new script to Henry Swindell, Development Producer at the BBC. The winners then get a professional script report.”
This isn’t the first time Tom has had professional contact in the industry, as by the time he had graduated Tom had already worked with Bill Nighy, Frances Barber, Annette Badland, Nick Park, and Ken Loach. Tom graduated in July 2012 with a degree in Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio. He is currently working as an actor on an up-and-coming episode of Hollyoaks.