BBC success for Derry crime writer Brian McGilloway

Derry crime writer Brian McGilloway
Derry crime writer Brian McGilloway

Derry crime writer Brian McGilloway is to become BBC Northern Ireland’s Writer in Residence after being named as winner of this year’s Tony Doyle New Writers’ Award.

Already the bestselling author of two critically acclaimed series of crime novels, Inspector Benedict Devlin and DCI Lucy Black, the St Columb’s College English teacher said he was delighted to have taken the latest accolade for Little Emperors, a Belfast set script, introducing two brand new detectives.

“I’m thrilled to have won the Tony Doyle Award and to have the opportunity to develop my writing career further with the support of the BBCNI Drama.

“As a crime writer, I’m particularly happy to have a chance to learn from a team which, with shows like Line of Duty and The Fall, is producing some of the most interesting and exciting UK crime series on TV at the moment.”

The awards were judged by Stephen Wright, Head of BBC Northern Ireland, Kate Rowland Head of BBC Writersroom, Sarah Stack, Senior Script Executive, BBC Northern Ireland and Adrian Dunbar, of the BBC Two hit network drama Line of Duty 1&2.

As well as the £2000 prize, the Derry writer also becomes Writer in Residence at BBC Northern Ireland for six months.

During that time he will gain an introduction to the world of television drama - the medium in which actor Doyle had his greatest success.

Judge Adrian Dunbar, who acted alongside Tony Doyle, said “Tony would have loved Brian’s script, as he loved drama with a political angle.

“I have fond memories of him chortling contentedly as a script uncovered a piece of chicanery,” he said.

Late last year the Derry author spoke with the ‘Journal’ ahead of the launch of his latest book ‘Hurt’ - you can watch here