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John Fay (writer)

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John Fay
OccupationScreenwriter, playwright
GenreDrama, soap opera, science fiction
Notable worksBrookside, Coronation Street, Torchwood, Mobile
Notable awardsBest Continuing Drama
2005 Coronation Street

John Fay is a British television screenwriter and playwright. He is known for his work on television soap operas Brookside and Coronation Street as well as his later work on original drama series like Torchwood.


Theatre writing

Fay began his writing career by writing and producing his own stage plays for local theatres around Liverpool,[1] including several plays for Kirkby Response Theatre during the nineties. His later credits include the stage plays The Cruel Sea and Eat My Eyes.[2] He has also written 'Joe Hill's Dream', based on the life of Joe Hill, the famous Swedish-American labour activist and songwriter.


Fay began his television career on Brookside, although he states in an interview that it took him 16 years and several speculative scripts to get taken on to the writing staff full-time.[1] He stayed on the creative team for two years, writing 54 episodes,[2] before joining the writing staff of Coronation Street, writing 94 episodes[2] and becoming lead writer.[3] In 2005 he received the British Academy Television Award for Best Continuing Drama, sharing the BAFTA with Coronation Street producer Tony Wood and director Ian Bevitt. One of his notable scripts for Coronation Street was "Richard Hillman's murder confession" which attracted over 19 million viewers.[2] Fay's other television contributions include episodes of Clocking Off, Blue Murder and Robin Hood. In 2007, Fay created the three-part ITV drama series Mobile. Fay is a self-confessed hater of mobile telephones and in Mobile chose to explore the themes of "people's paranoid desire to always be in contact with each other" and whether mobile phones are actually necessary.[4]

Russell T Davies, having been an admirer of John Fay's work on Coronation Street and Mobile, approached Fay to write for the third series of Torchwood.[1] Fay wrote two episodes of the award-winning third series of Torchwood, subtitled Children of Earth, which aired 7 and 9 July 2009.[5] He returned to write the ninth episode of the shows' fourth series, Torchwood: Miracle Day a collaboration between BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and US cable channel Starz.[6][7][8][2] In 2011 he also wrote for the fourth series of Primeval.[2] He was to write an episode of Doctor Who, but this fell through.[2]

Fay has written two episodes of the Jimmy McGovern drama Moving On, Sauce for the Goose – the first episode of the second series, and an episode of the third series, airing Autumn 2011, which he also directed.[1] He also contributed to the period drama Medici: Masters of Florence.

Personal life

John Fay is originally from Merseyside,[9] and is currently based in Maghull, to the north of Liverpool, where he lives with his wife.[1] His father died shortly before he came to write Children of Earth, which Fay acknowledges when retroactively considering his views on the serial.[9] He cites John Proctor from Arthur Miller's The Crucible as his favourite fictional character of all time, and Rhys Williams as his favourite Torchwood character.[1]

Selected credits

Production Notes Broadcaster
Brookside Channel 4
Clocking Off
  • (2001–2003)
Coronation Street
  • (2003–2007)
Blue Murder
  • Up in Smoke (2004)
  • The Spartacus Thing (2006)
Mobile (2007)
  • Three Episodes
Robin Hood BBC One
Torchwood BBC One
Primeval ITV
The Mill[10]
  • Six episodes (2013-2014)
Medici: Masters of Florence
  • Three episodes (2016)
Rai 1


  1. ^ a b c d e f "LiveRead author interview: Torchwood writer John Fay". Liverpool Daily Post. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "John Fay". Culverhouse & James Ltd. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  3. ^ Green, Kris (9 June 2005). "Corrie writers unhappy with time change". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ Wylie, Ian (19 March 2007). "Behind the scenes on the Mobile set". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Torchwood – Children of Earth Press Pack: Cast List and Production Team" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  6. ^ "'Torchwood' attracts 'Buffy,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'House' writers". Chicago Tribune. 6 August 2010.
  7. ^ Connelly, Brendon (7 January 2011). "The Plot Premise of the New Torchwood (Plus Extra News on the Show, While We're at It) – UPDATED WITH MORE". Bleeding Cool News. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  8. ^ Foster, Chuck (8 March 2011). "Torchwood: Week Eight Production". The Doctor Who News Page. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Torchwood writer John Fay excited by The New World, plus why killing Ianto was 'right thing to do'". 9 September 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  10. ^ "The Mill – Press". Channel 4. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.

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