Television screenwriter and producer, Russell T Davies is to receive the TV Festival’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award

Nicola Shindler, founder of Red Production Company and a longtime collaborator of Davies’, will present him with the accolade at the Edinburgh TV Awards on Thursday 24 August. She will also interview him the following day, discussing some of his television dramas and series including Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming and Casanova, as well as Doctor Who which Davies revived in 2005. Davies also created spin-offs of the hit global sci-fi series, including Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

More recently, Davies created the trilogy Cucumber, Banana and Tofu for Channel 4, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Drama Writer. Davies then went on to adapt A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC One, and is currently adapting A Very English Scandal, about the Jeremy Thorpe story, for BBC One in 2018, to be directed by Stephen Frears and starring Hugh Grant.

Diederick Santer, Advisory Chair said: “I am delighted that Russell is returning to the TV Festival to receive our Outstanding Achievement Award, following what has been, and still is an incredibly successful and remarkable career. A BAFTA award-winning producer and screenwriter, Davies has been involved with some of the nation’s favourite dramas, and I am excited to listen to what will no doubt be an insightful outlook on a career spanning over 30 years.

“And with his long-term collaborator Nicola Shindler of Red asking the questions, we can be sure there’ll be no holds barred.”