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Ali Taylor

Writer - Drama & Comedy

Agent: Jean Kitson -

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Ali Taylor is a screenwriter and mum of three who lives in Glasgow. She is a regular writer on River City (for which she was nominated Best Debut Writer at the Edinburgh Television Awards 2020), as well as The Dumping Ground, for which she has written four episodes. Her first short ‘Just Jackie’ is now in production thanks to funding from Short Circuit, Screen Scotland and BFI and she has a second in development. She is particularly interested in writing drama about Parent/Child relationships and all their messy glory and has almost completed training to be a Children’s Panel Member.

Ali has an original TV drama in development with Ruby Rock and is a current participant on WFTV’s prestigious Four Nations Scheme. Previously, she has been selected for the inaugural Scottish Voices BBC Writersroom (2018), Bird’s Eye UK’s/ Dirty Film’s Writers Lab UK & Ireland for women writers over forty (2020) and the Young Film Foundation (2019) where she was personally mentored by Beth Willis. She has been twice shortlisted for BBC Writersroom’s Writer’s Prize for Drama.

Prior to screenwriting, Ali was a copywriter and creative director in advertising where she won national and international awards in almost every medium. She has also written several radio dramas, including Radio 4’s Pick of the Week: The Apple, The Tree, which you can listen to here.



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Channel 4

Development on project for Channel 4, head writer Tony Grisoni

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Ruby Rock

Original limited series in development with Ruby Rock

River City

Currently writing 1 x episode on Series 24

4 x episodes on Series 24

Previous: 9 x 60′ episodes as sole writer, 1 x 60′ episode as co-writer

The Dumping Ground

Currently writing on the new series


Molly & Mack S5 (2021)

3 x 15′ episodes

Molly & Mack S4 (2021)

1 x 15′ episode

Molly & Mack S3 (2020)

1 x 15′ episode

Swashbuckle S7 (2020)

Wrote 1 episode on Series 7


The Apple, The Tree (2020)
BBC Radio 4

Radio 4 Afternoon Play, transmitted 7 July 2020 – listen here

Sunday Roast (2019)

Radio sitcom for BBC Writersroom Present, transmitted April 2019

Virtually Me (b) (2018)
BBC Radio Scotland

Original drama for BBC Radio Scotland, directed by Kirsty Williams, transmitted January 2018

Suddenly A Stranger (2016)
BBC Radio Scotland

Original drama for BBC Radio Scotland, transmitted October 2016

Short Stories

Various (2018-2019)
BBC Learning

• How to be Harry’s Friend
• Rory Bear and the Totally Completely Boring Weekend
• Making Malcolm’s Monday
• I am Ella
• My Big Sister’s Big Day

Writing Awards, Talent Schemes and Shortlists

• Shortlisted for TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2020
• Thousand Films Longlist 2019
• Young Films Foundation Participant 2019/2020
• Final 21 of C21 International Drama Series Script Competition, Sept 2018 with ‘The hotel at the end of the world’
• Shortlisted for Biggest Weekend Comedy Monologue, BBC Writersroom, May 2018
• ITV Emmerdale Storylining Finalist, May 2018
• Scottish Voices TV Drama Room, May 2018
• BBC Scotland Scholarship for MA TV Fiction, 2017/18