Jillian Mannion is a television and film scriptwriter and script editor from Scotland. She writes for the continuing drama River City and her first feature film script Random Acts of Romance was nominated for Best Dramatic Screenplay at the LEO Awards. While studying at Vancouver Film School she received an award for academics, professionalism and script analysis and her second feature script reached the quarter finals of the Page Awards in Hollywood. Before becoming a scriptwriter Jillian partially trained as a midwife and was a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.
Currently writing on Series 11 of this British-French crime drama television series
Currently writing on Series 23
Series 22, Episodes 13, 20, 25, 26, 46 and 58
Series 21, Episodes 1, 20, 28, 36 and 49
Series 20, Episodes 3 and 28
Wrote on Series 34, 2 episodes. First episode broadcast 11th January 2020.
“Life Begins at 40”
6-part returning 30-minute comedy/drama series in development
(Drama) Pilot Episode. After being stabbed outside of his extremely violent high school in Glasgow, Leon Webster will stop at nothing to find out who did this to him and why.
(Animation) Three bodyguards must return a pink diamond to the temple of peace while saving the princess of their home country.
Director: Katrin Bowen
Producer: Dylan Drummond
Director: Jim Norman
(Drama) Jake and his gang of inept criminals clash with a team of highly-trained professional thieves when they rob a bank at the same time.
(Drama) James has a crisis of conscience over his job as a mental health lawyer when he falls for a client and realises that his life has become stale.
(Noir Drama) A washed-up, alcoholic reporter uncovers a shocking scandal when a rich widow hires him to investigate her husband’s murder.
(Comedy) Four female drug addicts find themselves in hot water when they kill a drug dealer in self-defence.
Awards & Nominations
Winner of Best Writer at 48 Hour Film Project for The Handover
Winner of Donald Dewar Arts Award for Creative Writing
Nominated for Audience Award at the Scottish BAFTAs 2020 for River City
Nominated for Best Screenplay at the LEO Awards for Random Acts of Romance
Quarter-finalist of Hollywood’s Page Screenwriting Awards for Chances Are
Awards in Academics, Professionalism and Script Analysis at Vancouver Film School
Relevant Employment & Experience
River City Story Conferences
2017 – Present
BBC Scotland Writers Room Residential
Freelance Script Editor and Script Reader
Fiction Journalist D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd (Publishers) Sep 2008-2014
BBC Script Secretary “River City”