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35 Awr: Writer Fflur Dafydd has won one of the two bursaries

Emerging Welsh writers Fflur Dafydd and Alan Harris have been awarded six-month bursaries in a scheme backed by drama producer Hartswood Films.

The pair will develop ideas with Wales-based Hartswood West, with mentoring provided by Russell T Davies and Torchwood and Doctor Who writer Catherine Tregenna.

They were chosen by a judging panel that included BBC drama commissioning editor for Wales Ben Irving and Hartswood West executive producer Brian Minchin.

The scheme aims to help improve diversity by giving talent exposure from the nations and regions.

It is part-funded by the ScreenSkills high-end TV fund and supported by BBC Writersroom Wales.

Bafta Cymru-nominated Dafydd has created S4C dramas Parch and 35 Awr (35 Years) and is also on the writing team of the Chinese remake of Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans.

Playwright Harris, meanwhile, is developing a series idea with Bad Wolf as part of the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme and has penned BBC Studios’ The Left Behind, a 60-minute BBC3 drama about the rise of the far-right in the UK, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Helen Perry, development producer at BBC Writersroom Wales, said: “Wales harbours real TV drama writing talent and the Hartswood West Scheme confirms this.

“The competition was tough but I’m delighted for Alan and Fflur; I can’t wait to see their work come to life, hopefully on BBC Network TV, very soon.”