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Have We Got a Story for You Hat Trick Producers and Writers

Working-Class Writers Festival

Watershed  |  Free

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Ever wondered what it takes to write for one of the most successful television production companies in the country? Come and join the writers and producers of some of your favourite TV programmes, including Derry Girls, Outnumbered, Father Ted, Flack and Have I Got News For You.

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Sarah Cartwright oversees the scripted development slate for comedy and comedy drama. She’s been across the development of a raft of Hat Trick shows, like Spy, You Me & Them, Boomers, and Flack, as well as earlier work on the scripts for shows like Dead Set and Twenty Twelve. Sarah also sees the development process from the other side, as a writer for screen and radio.

Nick Coupe is a producer focusing on scripted comedy.  For Hat Trick, he has produced London Pub Reviews starring Tim Key. Before joining Hat Trick, he produced a range of comedy for BBC3, Comedy Central and Sky Arts, award-winning audio comedy for BBC Sounds, Radio 4, Spotify and Audible, as well as BAFTA-qualifying short films.

Chris Jones started his career working in Production on some of the UK’s biggest sitcoms such as The IT Crowd, PhoneShop, Detectorists and People Just Do Nothing before coming in-house at Hat Trick. With a passion for comedy and storytelling, he moved into development where he has a focus on Scripted and Comedy Entertainment shows. Chris had a monthly column in Gay Times Magazine and recently he’s written for Radio Times, Attitude and GQ.

Angela Sinden is the Executive Producer for Scripted. She cut her story teeth on the first five years of BAFTA winning series Shameless and has stayed roughly within that wheelhouse ever since. She greenlit Some Girls for Hat Trick, and has produced shows such as Great Night Out and You, Me & Them. At Genial Productions she Executive Produced The Trouble with Maggie Cole.

Roya Eslami started her career in television at BBC Comedy where she was a development assistant she then transitioned into drama beginning as a script intern and working her way up to in-house Script Editor at Tiger Aspect; there, she worked across multiple developments and productions, including the C4 series, Adult Material, written by Lucy Kirkwood. As a producer, she now works across both Hat Trick and HTM Television, developing comedy and drama.

Lucy McNally is Head of Development and an in-house Script Editor for HTM TV. She worked as a broadcast journalist for ABC News in Australia for over a decade before moving to London in 2018 to transition to scripted TV. Lucy then worked for the BBC medical drama, Holby City.

Booking Information

Booking is managed by Watershed’s Box Office. Book online or call 0117 927 5100.

Keeping Everyone Safe

Watershed wants to ensure that it is a welcoming and inclusive place for all. Please note that:

  • You are required to wear a mask when moving around the building, and when seated in either the cinemas or Waterside spaces (unless exempt).
  • The capacity of the cinemas and event spaces is at 75%, ensuring there is space between you and other customers on your row.
  • You should not visit you’re feeling unwell and have COVID symptoms.
  • Watershed will continue with measures currently in place, including increased and enhanced cleaning regime, provision of hand sanitiser throughout the building, maintaining air flow management plans to ensure adequate ventilation throughout, staff wearing face coverings, and keeping contactless payments. If you would like to check in via NHS Test and Trace please feel free to do so, although it will no longer be required to enter the building.


  • Watershed’s main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door.
  • There are two Blue Badge parking spaces to the rear of Watershed on Canons Road.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome.
  • The first floor of Watershed is accessible via lift from the main entrance and includes level access to all areas, including the cinemas and event spaces.
  • The cinemas and event spaces have induction loops.
  • There is an accessible toilet (with baby changing facilities) near Cinema 1. Follow the signs for the Cinemas and the accessible toilet is just on your left through the double doors before Cinema 1.
  • There are gender neutral toilets in the cinema corridor on the first floor.
  • We offer companion seats without additional charge if required.

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