Scott Payne

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Scott is a screenwriter for film and television drama and was named a Broadcast Hotshot in 2014. Scott has written across several seasons of the hit young-adult drama series Worst Witch for CBBC/Netflix, based on the books by Jill Murphy, and the British-New Zealand YA series Mystic for TVNZ, the Seven Network & CBBC. Scott also has several original TV drama series in development with Hat Trick Drama and Lime Pictures.

Scott first started writing as part of his BA honours degree in Scriptwriting for Film and Television at Bournemouth University. During his studies, Scott co-created the children’s fantasy-adventure series Professor Phlegm and the Lost Treasure Hunt with co-writer Sophie Petzal, which had a 10 episode run on Fun Kids Radio, which was then re-commissioned for a second and third series. He went on to regular episodes for Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, and for children’s drama, he has written for CBBC fantasy-drama series Rocket’s Island, across two seasons of Disney teen comedy-drama The Lodge, and currently The Dumping Ground for CBBC Drama.

Television drama (broadcast):
Mystic Slim Film & Television / CBBC / TVNZ / The Seven Network
Writer for the children’s drama series based on the book series ‘Pony Club Secrets’ (2020)
(1 x 30 minute episode – and story conferences)
The Dumping Ground – Season 9 CBBC Drama
Writer for the returning children’s drama series (2020)
(1 x 30 minute episode)
Worst Witch – Series 4 CBBC / Netflix
Returning writer for season 4 of the hit supernatural-drama series (2019)
(2 x 30 minute episodes – and story conferences
Worst Witch – Series 3 CBBC / Netflix
Writer for the third season of the children’s supernatural drama (2018)
(2 x 30 minute episodes – and story conferences)
The Lodge – Series 2 The Foundation / Disney UK
Writer for the second season of the comedy-drama-musical series (2017)
(2 x 30 minute episodes – and story conferences)
Hollyoaks Lime Pictures / Channel 4
Core writer for the Channel 4 soap (2014 – 2016)
(14 x 30 minute episodes commissioned – and story conferences)
The Lodge The Foundation / Disney UK
Writer for the first season of teen comedy-drama series (2016)
(1 x 30 minute episode – and story conferences)
Rocket’s Island Lime Pictures / CBBC
Writer for the third series of the children’s fantasy-drama (2015)
(1 x 30 minute episode – and story conferences)


Original television drama series (in development):
The Wash Hat Trick Drama
Original supernatural drama series set in Boston, Lincolnshire
Piper’s Emporium Television adaptation of the original children’s fantasy-adventure radio series Professor Phlegm and the Lost Treasure Hunt
Co-written/created with Mog McIntyre, Sophie Petzal & Aaron Ferguson
Curfew Company Pictures
Teen dystopian drama series – under option


Feature film:
Nickolai of the North Gatehouse Entertainment
Live-action family-feature film adaptation of the bestselling children’s novel by Lucy Daniel Raby


Original television drama series (previously in development)
Crooks Bentley Productions
Crime serial about a team of reformed prisoners working at a motorway service station – pilot script commissioned
The Wiccan Hartswood Film & Television
Teen-supernatural drama series set in modern day Scotland
Doppelgangers Slim Film & Television
Drama series about a working-class family who discover they have exact doppelgangers
Two Little Vampires Original children’s drama television pilot spec
Shortlisted for the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Screenwriting Award
Shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom ‘Heartlands’ Competition
Paracorp My Daddy’s Company
Fantasy-thriller television pilot spec
Winner of the Alan Plater Screenwriting Prize
The Hunters Original supernatural series pilot about a teenager who discovers there may be more to his brother’s death than meets the eye when his council estate becomes under threat from a group of vampires…
(Spec script)


Professor Phlegm and the Lost Treasure Hunt Fun Kids DAB Radio & Online
Co-Creator/Writer/Script Editor of this children’s fantasy-adventure series
Series 1: Wrote 10 episodes of a 10x3min series
Series 2: Wrote 4 episodes of a 10x4min series
The Unprofessionals Bournemouth Internet Radio Station / Nerve FM
Creator/Head Writer/Script Editor of an open-submission sketch show
Head Writer for Series 1 (3x30mins)
Second series broadcast, third series in pre-production


Is He a Bit Simon Jay? Co-writer of the one-man-play starring Simon Jay – showcased at The Young Vic Freshworks Evening and The Soho Theatre and Etcetera Theatre London and then touring, culminating in a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
Man Feelings Contributing sketch writer to the comedy play starring double act James Cottle & Kevin Kennedy
Show performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival 2012
Previews at The Winchester, Bournemouth
Not the Adventures of Moleman Contributing writer to a comedy sketch show performed at the Camden Fringe/Buxton Fringe
Show performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival 2012
Cause Celebre The Poole Lighthouse Theatre
Contributing writer to spoof pantomime production


Professional training:
CBBC Interactive Drama Residential Selected for the week-long intensive development training week which included interactive drama workshops and developing pitches to pitch directly to Cheryl Taylor, controller of CBBC (2013)
Bournemouth University BA Honours in Scriptwriting for Film and Television (2011)
Awarded 1st Class Honours
Nerve TV Station Manager for the university channel, where responsibilities included commissioning new content for broadcast and managing a team of over thirty contributors


Broadcast Hotshot (2014)
Winner of the Alan Plater Screenwriting Prize (2012)
3 SUBU (Student Union) Awards for ‘Innovation’ ‘Outstanding Contribution’ and ‘Dedication’ to Nerve TV.