Lineup grows at Edinburgh Television Festival

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  • 31 July 2008

This article is from 2008



This year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival continues to attract some of the small screen’s biggest names and influences. The latest speakers to be announced include Father Ted writer and director Graham Linehan, PR guru Max Clifford and Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry.

Linehan, whose writing credits include Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Big Train, Harry Enfield and Chums, The Fast Show and Black Books, will give a masterclass offering advice on how to create a hit sitcom. Elsewhere, two up-and-coming writers from E4’s hit series Skins, Daniel Kaluuya and Georgia Lester, will offer a masterclass with the show’s creator, writer and executive producer, Bryan Elsley.

Turner Prize-winner Perry will make an appearance as part of a panel offering advice on How to Have a Good Idea. The festival runs 22-24 August.

The Fringe welcomes some Hollywood royalty this month. Ninety-four-year old veteran writer Budd Schulberg is making the 3,500 mile trip from New York to Edinburgh to see the stage adaptation of his 1954 classic, On the Waterfront, directed by Steven Berkoff at this year's Fringe.

Schulberg has been collaborating on the script for the production since Berkoff gained the rights to stage it three years ago. The show runs at the Pleasance Grand from 31 July–25 August.

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