Ep.198 Tony Grounds - Ministry of Arts Podcast


In this episode Gary Mansfield speaks to Tony Grounds (@tony.grounds)


Tony Grounds (born in East London) is a British playwright and screenwriter, who has worked extensively in television.  Described by The Independent as "the best TV writer of his generation", Grounds has written for all four of Britain's main channels.


He started writing for the theatre, winning the Verity Bargate Award for Made in Spain. There then followed stints on EastEnders and The Bill before he penned episodes of 'Chancer', which starred Clive Owen.


Grounds created and wrote Gone to the Dogs starring Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, Warren Clarke and Harry Enfield. It was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. He wrote Gone to Seed, in which Peter Cook made his final dramatic appearance.


The single film Our Boy with Ray Winstone and Pauline Quirke won Tony International Acclaim winning the Munich International Drama Award.


He wrote Sex and Chocolate for Dawn French before writing the award-winning and BAFTA nominated Births Marriages & Deaths, once again starring Ray Winstone.


Grounds wrote a one-off episode for BBC Drama, Our Girl, starring Michelle Keegan.  Following its success, the BBC commissioned 5 further episodes.  Apart from writing the series, Grounds was also executive producer of the series together with Caroline Skinner.


Grounds is special advisor for Save the Children and ran the London Marathon with Lee Evans in 2010. He is also a supporter of West Ham United F.C. and often refers to the East London club in his plays and works.



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