Hollyoaks creator Phil Redmond shares TV experiences with GCU students

18 March 2016

Phil Redmond, creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, has shared his experiences of shaping the TV landscape at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

Mr Redmond talked to students and alumni of the university’s unique MA TV Fiction Writing programme, as well as to GCU staff and television industry figures, in A Conversation with Phil Redmond.

Mr Redmond discussed his career in some of the most iconic shows on TV and his recent switch to novel writing with Highbridge – which he described as “a soap on pages”.

He joked: “As a TV writer, I have been studied and I thought it would be great to come to GCU and tell the truth.”

He added; “If I did it so can everyone. We all have something in us and just have to work hard at it. Programmes like this are really important. We still do not invest enough in our young developing talent. We must. GCU’s MA TV Fiction Writing programme is a great example of how industry and academe can come together. Long may it continue.”

Students of the programme regularly meet key industry figures to hear their insights into the industry, and the programme’s graduates have gone on to write for popular shows including EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, River City, Doctors, Hollyoaks, and Eve.

Chris Dolan, a lecturer on the MA TV Fiction Writing programme, said: “Phil Redmond is a legend of contemporary television. We’re delighted that such a talented and influential writer shared his experiences with our students. Phil was inspirational for us all.”

GCU’s MA TV Fiction Writing is the only full-time postgraduate programme of its type in the UK and is supported by scholarships from Warner Brothers, BBC Scotland, Larkhall Films, and MG Alba.