Shadow Writers Scheme Winners Announced

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Tuesday 7 February 2017 - LONDON. Big Light Productions and Creative Skillset have announced that the winners for their Shadow Writer Scheme are Susie Farrell and Bo Poraj. The two winners were selected from hundreds of applicants after the programme was announced last month.

"The calibre of the applicants was truly phenomenal," said Frank Spotnitz, Big Light’s Chief Executive Officer. “We were enormously impressed, not only by Susie and Bo, but by the breadth and depth of emerging talent in this country.”

Created in partnership with Creative Skillset’s High End TV Council through the HETV Levy, the paid scheme enables intermediate level TV writers the chance to gain more experience in long-running TV series, writing and learning to collaborate with other writers. Shadowing in writers’ rooms will expose them to major TV productions and develop their team writing skills for high-end, long-running TV series.

“Original voices and writers are more important than ever to generate and lead the success of UK HETV.” said Kaye Elliott, Programme Lead, HETV. “The HETV levy is vital in ensuring we continue to support the new and existing high-end drama talent pipeline.”

The programme is managed for Big Light by Head of Drama Sharon Remmer and Development Producer Lorraine Sullivan.


Bo trained at Rada and has worked extensively as an actor, with credits including Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked, Michael Apted’s Enigma, Miranda and Musketeers.

His first foray into the world of writing was a comedy pilot about caravanning, commissioned by Talkback Thames. Since then, he has written screenplays Motherland, which focuses on the plight of Eastern European immigrants in the UK, and Six Stickers, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Adam Carroll-Smith. Bo has written episodes for EastEnders and Doctors. Bo is represented by Julia Tyrrell Management. He is English, from Polish parents. Click here for more information.

Susie Farrell


Susie’s love of stories was ignited at an early age, listening to her grandmother’s radio plays on RTE. Since then, she has written a number of screenplays, attracting funding from Northern Ireland Screen, Netherlands Film Fund, Swiss Film and the BFI.

Susie has been selected for BBC Drama's Skylight Scheme 2013, CBBC's New Voices Initiative 2015 and the BBC Intro to Continuing Drama Series 2016. She is represented by Dench Arnold and is from Northern Ireland. Click here for more information.