Blake Ayshford studied playwriting at the University of Technology, Sydney, and starting writing for television with scripts for Home and away in 1988.
However, his best-known works have come in the last decade. Between 2004 and 2006, he wrote a succession of scripts for such programs as The Cooks (2004-2005), The Alice (2005), Love My Way (2006), and McLeod's Daughters (2005-2006). One of his scripts for The Cooks won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award (for television).
Between 2006 and 2009, Ayshford wrote for long-running hospital drama All Saints, a script-writing stint that he followed with work on My Place (2009), Crownies (2011), and The Straits (2012). One of his scripts for The Straits was nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards.
'Set in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of twenty-something Sparra Farrell, a very private man who is trying to start a new life in Melbourne. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula. But his past catches up with him and threatens his new life when the charismatic Pommie tracks him down. Sparra finds himself sucked back into a world that he thought he had left behind.' (Source: SBS website)
Nowhere Boys2013series - publisher film/TV children's fantasy 'Four boys get lost in the forest, and discover, when they return home, that they have returned to an alternate world identical to theirs except for one startling difference - they were never born.' (Source: Screen Australia)
Home and Away is a television serial created by Alan Bateman and produced by the Seven Network. The idea for the series came to Bateman (then head of drama at Seven) after he stopped to buy ice-creams in a small country town in southern NSW. While chatting to some locals, he learned that the town was unhappy about plans to build a home for foster kids from the city. At that time, Channel Seven was still smarting from its decision to let Neighbours go to the Ten Network, where it had become hugely popular, and was looking to create another series to rival its success. Bateman saw in the idea that became Home and Away the potential for plenty of storylines and conflict by having streetwise city kids being relocated to a small regional environment,
In the beginning, the series focused on Pippa and Tom Fletcher, who, being unable to have children of their own, decide to become foster parents. When Tom is retrenched from his city job, the couple buy the rundown Summer Bay Caravan Park and move there with their five foster children. Soon after arriving, they also take in troublesome Bobby Simpson.
The series debuted in January 1988 with an hour-long telemovie. Although this rated well, the series itself took some while to develop an audience. Having learned their lesson from the Neighbours debacle, Network Seven gave its new show time, and its ratings gradually increased. As with Neighbours, the Home and Away series and performers became very popular in the United Kingdom.