Script-writer specialising in television comedy and children's animation.
Rachel Spratt began work as a script-writer in the mid-1990s, working as a writer on a succession of scripted comedy programs, including Good News Week (1996), Good News Weekend (1998), GNW Night Lite (1999), and BackBerner (1999). By 1999, she had begun writing for animated programs, but continued to write for scripted comedy series, including spoof lifestyle program Life Support (2001-2003), David Tench Tonight (2006, co-written with Andrew Denton), Comedy Inc. (2004-2007), and Double Take (2009).
In 1999, Spratt became a writer on the Yoram Gross series Flipper & Lopaka, an animated series that paired the titular dolphin with a young Polynesian boy, and set them against everything from a power-hungry octopus to mystical tridents. She followed this with scripts for a succession of other children's series (mostly animated), including Bambaloo (2003), New MacDonald's Farm (2004), Raggs (2007), I Got a Rocket! (2006-2007, based on the book by Dean Gorissen and Matt Zurbo), Erky Perky (2008), Gasp!(2008, based on the books by Terry Denton), Pearlie (2009, based on the books by Wendy Harmer), and CJ the DJ (2009).
Among her awards for television is an AWGIE Award for Children's Television (for an episode of Gasp!).
Spratt is also an award-winning author of children's books.
'When Friday Barnes cracked the case of Highcrest Academy's mysterious swamp-yeti, the last thing she expected was to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice. From a missing or not-so-missing calculator to the appearance of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her pork-pie hat in crimes – and she swears not all of them are hers. There's also new boy Christopher, who has taken quite a shine to Friday, to contend with.
'Can Friday navigate the dangerous grounds of Highcrest Academy and decipher a decades-old mystery without getting caught in an unexpected love triangle?'
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'Friday Barnes has a new case, and this time it's personal!
'When Friday's father turns up out of the blue, he brings his daughter some distressing news – Friday's mother has been kidnapped! But who would want to kidnap a theoretical physicist? The Headmaster needs Friday's help too, when Highcrest Academy is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a beautiful new student – Princess Ingrid of Norway. She's rich, she's royal and she's got her eye on Ian Wainscott. Despite heightened security at the school, things start to go missing. It appears Highcrest Academy has been infiltrated by a master thief, The Pimpernel.
'Can Friday crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat and unmask the elusive Pimpernel? If it means she gets to ditch PE, then of course she can!'