Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Happy Birthday, Paul Abbott

Occupation: Dramatist (former Coronation Street writer)

Born: February 22, 1960
in Burnley, Lancashire, England

Paul started writing drama for BBC Radio 4 in 1982 for two years until he was appointed story editor for Coronation Street. Subsequently he began to contribute directly to the show, writing in excess of fifty episodes over four years.

Currently, Paul Abbott is the creator/writer of the Channel 4 drama Shameless. For the second year running Paul Abbott and Shameless have picked up a host of nominations at the Royal Television Society Awards. Abbott is once again up for the Best Writer accolade - the award he won last year.

Shameless depicts the lives, sexual escapades and scams of the Gallagher family, living on a rough Manchester housing estate. Mum went AWOL years ago, and Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle.

Shameless is based on Abbott’s life. The second youngest of 10 kids growing up in a two-bedroom house in Lancashire, Abbott was abandoned by his mum when he was nine. His alcoholic dad left two years later.

Shameless: created by Paul Abbott

From an interview with the Guardian:

When Paul Abbott was at his mother's wake, two of his brothers had a fight at the buffet. "Tables and chairs are flying, the beige buffet is flying," he recalls. Love that writerly touch, that beige of pies, cake and crisps. "They kicked the shit out of each other. It was magnificent. It was so funny."

Continue reading the Guardian interview Why I Write and find out what Abbott thinks of Coronation Street today.

For more on Paul Abbott, read his profile on UKTV.

Paul on writing: "It isn't really a hobby. For ten hours a day, you sit there and write... You have to be a little mad to get the bits out of you that mean the most."

1 comment:

Addy said...

Wow! It looks like you all had a blast at the pub fest! Wish I was closer!
Great blogs keep up the great work this is quickly becoming one of my favorite Corrie links! Thanks to all who contribute!