Eileen Gallagher OBE

Co-founder Shed Productions
Honorary Graduate of GCU

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Eileen, along with fellow scots Ann McManus and Brian Park, founded Shed Productions in 1998. The company went on to become very successful and produced notable soaps and programmes such as Bad Girls and Footballers’ Wives. Both Eileen and Ann have supported the growth of the university’s MA TV Fiction Writing course since it began a decade ago. We sat down with Eileen for a catch up. 

She says: “I can’t believe it’s ten years ago. Ann McManus and I, we were always quite frustrated when people came to work for us at SHED. Quite often they had film courses behind them, and there were lots of film courses at that point, partly because of Lottery-funded film, they didn’t fund television through some very strange quirk. 

“We just realised there were no or very few really good courses for television writing, and television writing is a really quite different discipline from film writing in terms of the process and how you work collaboratively and the rest. 

“We thought, there’s a gap in the market, we wanted to give something back, we wanted to help people in the UK and in Scotland in particular get into this fantastic industry. We wanted to help the industry get great writers, so we thought we would put something back by putting together a course.” 

In 2010, she was awarded an OBE for her services to broadcasting.

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