Apr 28 , 2020

Industry Greats Masterclass with Sally Wainwright and Faith Penhale

  • When: 28th Apr 2020, 18:30-19:30
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Screenwriter Sally Wainwright and CEO of Lookout Point Faith Penhale discuss the making of their award-winning BBC drama series Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones. The historical drama tells the tale of Victorian industrialist Anne Lister and her pursuit of a covert lesbian relationship in 1830s Yorkshire. The session will be chaired by the journalist Julia Raeside.


BAFTA award-winning writer Sally Wainwright is a tour-de-force in the world of drama. She’s created the ITV drama series Scott & Bailey (2011–2016), Last Tango in Halifax (2012–present), and Happy Valley (2014–present). Sally is also the creator of the 2019 HBO and BBC One television series Gentleman Jack starring Suranne Jones

Faith Penhale has worked on a broad range of shows, from a BAFTA-winning era of EastEnders and the multi award-winning Spooks. Previously she ran BBC Wales Drama, where her track record included the global phenomenon Sherlock. She joined Lookout Point as CEO, she oversees a vibrant slate, including Sally Wainwright’s hugely successful Gentleman Jack.

Chair: Julia Raeside has written about television for over 20 years for publications including The Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Red magazine and Pilot TV. She is a broadcaster and frequent contributor to shows on BBC Radio 2, 4 and 6 Music.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme designed by media consultant Donna Taberer to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. Before the start of the session, a joining link will be sent to you via email.