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Sally Wainwright meets members of the Oxford General Branch

2 November 2016

Sally Wainwright

By Jeanne Golding, committee member and branch P.R.O.

This September, we welcomed the acclaimed playwright, Sally Wainwright, as our special guest at our members’ Branch meeting.  Described as “the titan of genuine reality television” by Andrew Anthony of The Observer, Sally has written an impressive number of the most popular plays and drama serials on television including “Scott and Bailey”, “Unforgiven”, “Last Tango in Halifax” and “Happy Valley” for which she won a BAFTA for best drama series and best writer.  The format for the evening was a Q/A session and Sally was happy to talk about anything “pretty much”. A reply to the question “Do directors tell you to change dialogue or anything?” came back with a huge grin, “Not now!”  A very entertaining and informative guest, Sally responded to questions about her early script writing days: The Archers and Coronation Street, and her love of the language of everyday speech with a special fondness for the dialect and turns of phrase used in her native area of Huddersfield: “When I was seven, I started writing down things that people said – it was something I just had to do.”She was very interested in what the members of the group were involved in and their views and experiences of the industry. It was a hugely enjoyable and interesting evening. Sally’s next TV drama is about the Bronte family and will be shown on the BBC during the Christmas period. 

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