Blake Ayshford i(19 works by)
Born: Established: 1969 ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Film and television script-writer.

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.

Ayshford's forthcoming script is An Accidental Soldier (scheduled to air in 2013), based on the Miles Franklin Award-nominated book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, produced by Kylie du Fresne (producer of The Sapphires and Lockie Leonard) and directed by Rachel Ward.

His work as a script editor includes All Saints (2006-2009), the film Restraint (2009), and the television series I Rock (2010).

Awards for Works

Home and Away , 1988 series - publisher film/TV

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.

2014 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1998 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1996 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1995 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1994 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1993 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1991 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
Cut Snake , 2014 single work film/TV ''Sparra' Farrell has left his secret prison past behind, with a new fiancée and a new life. But he finds it's a door that is never closed when his newly released cell mate turns up with other ideas.' (Source: Screen Australia)
2014 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Film Award Original
The Code , 2013 series - publisher film/TV thriller

The Code is a fictional thriller set between the remote Australian desert and the corridors of power in Canberra. A murder in the Outback thrusts two unlikely brothers into an international political conspiracy.

2014 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Television Mini-Series - Original
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