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John FayView writers C.V
… “is one of the most exciting and original voices in British Television drama” (ITV Productions’, Kieran Roberts)
John has written the four-parter for Channel 4, The Mill, produced by Dominic Barlow of Darlow Smithson. This is the story of the Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire: "the drama will bring to life what it was really like to be at coalface of the industrial revolution. At a time of immense social and industrial change, Quarry Bank Mill represented the shining light of modern thinking; the brain child of the financially driven but philanthropic Greg family."
John worked in the USA with Russell T Davies on the Torchwood Special: Miracle Day, transmitted in 2011, having already written two episodes of Torchwood: Children of Earth, in 2009. Last year his second episode (The Milkman) of Jimmy McGovern's Moving On was broadcast - the production also gave him the opportunity to make his debut as a director. His first episode for the series was transmitted in November 2010.
John’s other television credits include Robin Hood; his trilogy-thriller, Mobile, which was voted Best ITV drama of the year; two episodes of Blue Murder; and 3 episodes of Clocking Off.
He is also the author of 79 episodes of Coronation Street. One of John's Coronation Street scripts won the BAFTA Award for Continuing Drama and his episode featuring “Richard Hillman’s murder confession” garnered over 19 million viewers, the second highest drama ratings of the twenty first century. During his two years at Brookside John wrote 54 episodes and was nominated for the Television Soap Awards 2000.
John is also a playwright – his full-length theatre play, The Cruel Sea, was performed at the Liverpool Everyman July 2007, commissioned after the success of his co-written verbatim theatre piece, Unprotected, produced at The Everyman 2006 (and performed again at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival).
John remains most proud of his early work for Kirkby Response Theatre, for whom he wrote several plays in the eighties and nineties.