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James Phelan

Writer, Children's, Preschool, 6+ years, Animation, Live Action - Drama, Comedy, Kids

Agent: Jean Kitson - jean@kitsonpress.co.uk

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James is the IFTA award-winning writer of ‘Wrecking the Rising‘. The three-part historical comedy drama was universally praised for its imaginative and bold take on the 1916 Rebellion which blended time travel fiction with established fact.

He is also the creator of hit legal drama ‘Striking Out‘ for RTE and Blinder Films which enjoyed a very successful two-season run on Irish TV. As well as episode writing duties, James storylined the first series. The show was enormously popular with Irish audiences and was also broadcast in the UK and America.

His other drama credits include two seasons of ‘The Galway Races‘ for TG4. James wrote both series in their entirety and was nominated for an IFTA award for Season I and shortlisted for a Zebbie (Irish Writers Guild) award for his writing on Season II.

James also works extensively in animation and is currently working on shows for Cartoon Saloon and Cbeebies. His recent credits include ‘Space Chickens in Space‘, ‘P King Duckling‘ and ‘Cuby Zoo‘. He has worked on all three seasons of the Emmy-nominated ‘Oddbods‘. James co-wrote the recent Halloween special of the Oddbods show ‘Party Monsters’ which has garnered close to 100 million views since debuting on Youtube in early October 2018.

Work

Drama

Striking Out (2017-2018)
RTE / Blinder Films

Legal drama
Creator and storyliner 10 x 60′ episodes
Writer 1 x 60′ episodes

Nomination: Best Television Drama, IFTA Awards 2017

Wrecking the Rising (2016)
Tile Films / TG4

Historical comedy drama mini series
Creator and writer 3 x 60′ episodes

Winner: Best Television Scriptwriting, IFTA Awards 2017

The Galway Races (Season 2) (2012)
Great Western Films / TG4

Multi-character comedy drama
Series writer ? x 52′ episodes

Nomination: Best TV Script at Irish Playwrights and Screenwriter’s Guild Awards 2013 for Episode 1 ‘Rasai na Gaillimnhe 2’

The Galway Races (Season 1) (2009)
Great Western Films / TG4

Multi-character comedy drama
Series writer 7 x 52′ episodes

Winner: Best Irish Language Show, IFTA Awards 2009

Nominated for four other awards, including Best TV Script for James Phelan

Animation

Space Chickens in Space
Gingerbread Animation / Disney

Writer 5 x 11′ episodes

P King Duckling
Hot Drop Films

Writer 2 x 11′ episodes

Oddbods
Hot Drop Films / One Animation

Writer 24 x 7′ episodes, plus 1 x 21′ Halloween Special

Cuby Zoo
Aurora World

Writer 8 x 11′ episodes

Short Films

The Ottoman Empire (2010)
RTE / Galway Film Centre

Writer/director

Play Dead (2009)
Hotel Darklight

Writer/director of ‘Play Dead’ segment of portmanteau feature film ‘Hotel Darklight’ (2010)

Poetic Licence (2009)
RTE / Filmbase

Writer/director

Fanatic (2003)
Galway Film Centre

Writer/director