Helen Farrall is a television screenwriter. To date she has written over 40 hours of television, storylined many more, and been involved in developing new series. Helen’s credits include Emmerdale, Doctors, Crossroads, Dream Team and Bad Girls. She also wrote for the Bafta and RTS award-winning children’s shows Grange Hill, Children’s Ward, Jeopardy and Byker Grove, and she has written and created award-winning online educational games such as Smokescreen for Channel 4. Most recently, Helen was part of the writing team for Bing Bunny, a new pre-school animation that airs on CBeebies from 2014, and she is developing various television series and feature-film ideas.
Helen previously worked in community theatre and theatre-in-education, and in 1996 her screenplay The Hangman’s Daughter was the runner-up at the Bafta/Carl Foreman awards. She has extensive experience as a screenwriting tutor and mentor at institutions such as the University of Salford, Liverpool John Moores University, Cornerhouse and Contact Theatre, as well as various training schemes in the UK and Eire. Helen was born on the Wirral and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in film and television production. She lives in south Manchester with her husband, their daughter and their two cats.