Channel 4’s ‘Coming Up’ 2012 Talent Announced

Russell Tovey in New Cross

Reposted from Channel 4 Press

Russell Tovey, Ashley Walters, Lara Pulver, MyAnna Buring, Thomas Turgoose and Yasmin Paige are amongst the actors starring in Channel 4's Coming Up 2012 – the annual talent initiative which offers up-and-coming writers and directors the unique opportunity to showcase their work on national TV.

Coming Up 2012 will see emerging off-screen talent working with established on-screen talent to create seven brand new original dramas to be shown on Channel 4. The scheme has launched the careers of some of the most exciting writers and directors in British TV – and is the only UK initiative offering aspiring talent the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

2012 Coming Up directors include Prasanna Puwanarajah, who was recently selected to direct a short film for the Olympic opening ceremony; and MJ Delaney who came to prominence with Newport State of Mind, one of the most talked about virals of 2010. Writers include Tom Wells who was this year awarded the Critics Circle New Playwright Award for his acclaimed play The Kitchen Sink, and Vivienne Franzmann who was a teacher for 12 years before writing her first play, Mogadishu, for which she was nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.

Ben Stoll, Drama Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 says:

"Coming Up epitomises Channel 4's passion for discovering and supporting new talent. It's a fantastic opportunity for emerging writers and directors to see their distinctive ideas realised on screen, whilst allowing audiences to get the first glimpse of the storytellers of the future. Add to the mix some of the most exciting current acting talent, and I think we can expect some thrilling pieces of work."


Ashley Walters and Lara Pulver in Camouflage


The fourteen writers / directors taking part in Coming Up 2012 are:

Writer: Tom Wells
Director: MJ Delaney
Starring Lewis Reeves, Thomas Turgoose (This is England)

Writer: Lydia Adetunji
Director: Robert McKillop
Starring Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Ashley Walters (Top Boy)

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann
Director: Lynsey Miller
Starring Leah Nathan, Michael Ajao (Attack the Block), and MyAnna Buring (White Heat)

Writer: Laura Neal
Director: David Stoddart
Starring Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Alice Sanders

Writer: James Phillips
Director: Luke McManus
Starring Branko Djuric (In the Land of Blood and Honey, No Man's Land), Ingaborga Dapkunaite (Burnt by the Sun), Phoebe Fox (Black Mirror) and Stanley Townsend (The Shadow Line)

Writer: Laurence Wilson
Director: Tom Marshall
Starring Con O'Neill (Criminal Justice), Jo Hartley (This is England), Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show)

Writer: Stacey Gregg
Director: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Starring Ryan McParland, Yasmin Paige (Submarine), Michael Smiley (Kill List), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult)


Applications for Coming Up 2013, click here for more information. 


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