Arts / Alex scoops national comedy writing prize

Alex Garrick-Wright (left) and Rebecca Bain.

IT IS fair to say winning a cool £1,000 and the prestige of a national award is no laughing matter.

But local comedy writer Alex Garrick-Wright is celebrating after winning the David Nobbs Memorial Trust award alongside his writing partner Rebecca Bain.

The annual prize celebrates new comedy writing in the UK.

The duo will share the top £1,000 prize and receive mentorship from an industry professional.

The pair have been lead writers on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News show for the last ten series.

In the last few months they have also both been in the writers rooms for Radio 4’s the Now Show, the News Quiz, and DMs Are Open.

Speaking jointly in a statement, the pair said: “We’re extremely pleased and excited to have won the David Nobbs Memorial Trust award for our sitcom script, Borderline.

“It’s an honour to have been up against so many extremely talented writers, and we’re very grateful for the result.


“The judges were Lucy Lumsden of Yellow Door Productions, The Thick Of It’s Chris Addison, and Still Game’s Sanjiv Kohli, so that just makes it all the more amazing that they picked us.

“Given our locations (Edinburgh and Shetland), we obviously had to write remotely but it hasn’t stopped us one bit. We can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

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