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"me and my mate Melv"

We've always been impressed here at IRDP by the quality of James Payne's writing. James has won the Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition twice. His powerful depiction of life in London - Shiver Breathing - was a winner in 1994 and was not only broadcast on LBC radio, but was also adapted for the stage and played to a full house in the Cottesloe Theatre at the Royal National, South Bank, London. Shiver Breathing starred Tony Booth and Simon Fenton.

Shiver Breathing was our Internet Play of the Month during May 1998. James won the Woolwich competition again with his play Coffee and Cigars which will be broadcast on LBC (please see our broadcast schedule page for details of transmission times). He also won the London Radio Playwrights' Festival in 1993 with Bliss and Tumble which was co-written with Chris Fitch.

The picture shows James receiving his award in the Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition from Competition Patron Melvyn Bragg

James is a graduate of Brighton University where he studied Visual and Performing Arts. His writing credits are already numerous and include: Two episodes of Ant and Dec Unzipped which were screened on Channel 4 in March and April 1997 - ten 1 minute strands, three studio based sketches and three opening songs (the show was nominated for a British Comedy Award in December 1997); Six of One for Channel 4, an 11 minute animation which he rewrote with Gary Howe and Richard Preddy; regular contributions to The Jack Docherty Show on Channel 5; Agony, a series of short dramatisations of real life problems for Live TV; The Gannons, a situation comedy for which he was commissioned to write a pilot episode in December 1995; regular contributions for Sky Television's children's department - Drama in the Deep, Fishy Bubble Fortune, Ghoul-lashed, Boiled Egg and Soldiers, Big Food Fights and many others; Diaries of a Dependent for BBC Radio 1; Pirates, a serial of five 4 minute shorts which was a winner in the Radio 1 category of the BBC First Bite Festival in 1995. James is currently working on Estate of the Nation, a youth comedy drama in development at Zenith.

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