Russell
Gascoigne

​Russell’s first Young Adult novel, REBELS, was published by Walker Books and optioned for feature film development by the BBC. He is now working on new YA titles.

Russell is an experienced television scriptwriter whose credits include the top-rating A Touch of Frost. He has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C. He has also written for film, stage and radio.

After leaving university Russell worked as a script-reader and development consultant for numerous TV and film companies. These include the Movie Acquisition Corporation, where he reported on major US/UK feature films, the European Script Fund and London Weekend Television where he was also responsible for assessing novels for possible TV adaptation. He then became a BBC Drama Script Editor, working in both production and development. He worked on co-productions, single dramas for Screen One and Screen Two and on projects ranging from comedy to animation. His credits include the Royal Television Society’s award-winning Selected Exits starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, episodes of BBC Wales Playhouse and Shot In A Shoebox, a 4 x 30’ series of short films/animation for BBC2 Wales on which he was producer.

​Aside from A Touch Of Frost his scriptwriting credits include McCallum (ITV), BMA award-winning Body Story (a 6-part
science-medical-drama series for Channel 4/Discovery Channel) and a Welsh-language drama Rhag Pob Brad, starring Rhys Ifans. He has been commissioned by BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland, YTV, STV and
Carlton Television as well as numerous independents. He is currently developing a number of new TV drama projects.

​Russell’s first Young Adult novel, REBELS, was published by Walker Books and optioned for feature film development by the BBC. He is now working on new YA titles.

Russell works as a script consultant, providing both new and more experienced writers across the UK – and beyond - with feedback on their scripts. He teaches scriptwriting at Cardiff University, has worked as External Examiner on the Screenwriting and Producing BA at Regent’s University, London and has been a guest speaker at a number of other script development courses and events. 

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CV

Book

Writer 

Television

Writer 

Wrote Private Lives commissioned by Excelsior/YTV.  Top-rating drama with 16.85 million viewers
starring David Jason, Peter Egan, Philip Jackson and Paloma Baeza


Standards of Living commissioned by Excelsior/YTV

Wrote episode Beyond Good and Evil starring Nathaniel Parker, Eva Pope. Scottish Television

Dramatisations for 6-part science-drama-factual series combining drama with cutting-edge computer technology to show what happens inside the human body during a medical crisis or at different stages of life. Wall-to-Wall
Television
for Channel 4/Discovery Channel. Director Leanne Klein. Winner of a BMA Awards silver medal for Television Film

Single film outline about Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel commissioned by Ray Winstone’s company, Size 9 Productions (Steve Matthews)

Screenplay commissioned by BBC Wales/S4C starring Rhys Ifans. (Ruth Caleb)

3 x 30’ police drama series based on US series The Street for Portman Entertainment/BBC starring Rhys Ifans

Wrote two episodes of Channel 5 soap commissioned
by TalkbackThames  

Episodes commissioned by Talkback Thames

Wrote outline for series episode starring John Thaw as a priest in occupied France during WWII commissioned by Carlton Television. Producer Chris Kelly

Wrote pilot episode and storylines for original comedy-drama series commissioned by BBC. Producer Gareth Neame

Wrote 60’ pilot episode commissioned by BBC Wales (Ruth Caleb)

Wrote first episode of original police drama series for
BlackJack Productions (Steve Matthews)/BBC Wales

Wrote outline for original spy drama series commissioned
by Excelsior Productions

Wrote first episode of original drama series about the
Procurator Fiscal’s office commissioned by Scottish Television (Philip Hinchcliffe)

Wrote first episode of original comedy-drama series
commissioned by YTV (David Reynolds)

Wrote first episode of original comedy-drama series
commissioned by The Television Production Company (Martyn Auty)

Wrote pilot script for children’s animation series commissioned by Griffilms (Sioned Roberts)

Original comedy-drama series co-written with Philip
Hughes. Bible commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland (Robert Cooper)

Wrote treatment commissioned by BBC. Producer Tony Dennis

Developed original series idea about genetics with ARG
(Natalie Collison)

Developed original drama about early aviatrix with Green
Bay Media (Richard Staniforth)

Wrote treatment for original police drama series
commissioned by Carlton Television

Wrote outline for 2hr film pilot commissioned by
Excelsior Productions

Wrote storyline and episode commissioned by Carlton
Television

Wrote storyline commissioned by Lluniau Lliw/4L Productions (Peter Edwards)

Wrote treatment commissioned by Zenith Productions
(Archie Tait)

Film

Writer 

Co-wrote original screenplay with Philip
Hughes. BFI/S4C

Original screenplay about a Welsh exorcist developed with Ffilmiau Elidir

Wrote treatment for original screenplay for Jolyon
Symonds Productions

Wrote original idea developed as part of UK Film Council 'Urban Myths' initiative with Samuelson Productions