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Bafta success for comedy scriptwriter

July 17, 2013


A SCRIPTWRITER who grew up in Nottingham has been highly commended in a Bafta competition for emerging new comedy writers.

Stephen Keyworth, 41, finished in the top eight out of almost 500 entries in the national contest, in conjunction with Rocliffe New Writing Forum, to find the UK's most promising TV comedy writer. His script, Specials, was judged by a jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US - includ-ing writer/actress Jessica Hynes (of Twenty Twelve, Spaced) and executive producer Tom Anderson (Cheers, My Family).

He has been invited to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in August - with star guests including John Bishop - and will receive mentoring support to help him make the most of networking opportunities. Stephen (pictured), a former pupil at Carlton le Willows School whose parents still live in Gedling, is currently working on a comedy for Radio 4 which will be aired next year.

Now living in Hornsea, Essex, he has previously written for EastEnders and Casualty.

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