Red Planet and Kudos announce winner of writer's initiative
05 October 2012
Jonathan Neil is the 2012 winner of Red Planet Pictures’ writers initiative The Red Planet Prize, held in partnership with Kudos Film and Television.
Neil’s darkly comic script Darby and Joan, a 1950s tale of spies in very British suburbia, beat more than 2000 other entrants to win the prize and the opportunity to be mentored by and work with the two independent production companies.
This year’s judging panel included md of Red Planet Pictures Tony Jordan, Kudos ceo Jane Featherstone and BBC Wales head of Drama Faith Penhale.
On announcing the winner, Tony Jordan said: "This script was a real page turner, great characters inhabiting a unique world and, as you finished it, you wanted to know what happened next. I read a lot of scripts and you'd be amazed how rare that is."
The Red Planet/Kudos Prize has been running for five years. Previous finalist Robert Thorogood penned the ambitious eight part drama series Death in Paradise starring Ben Miller, produced by Red Planet Pictures in association with Kudos and currently shooting its second series for BBC One.
Details of the 2013 Red Planet/Kudos Prize will be announced at the end of the year.