James Mavor
James Mavor

Mr James Mavor

Lecturer T&S


James Mavor leads the post-graduate courses in screenwriting and combines teaching with his work as a professional screenwriter. His credits for television span 20 years across soaps, series and single dramas, including The Bill, Monarch of the Glen and Split Second starring Clive Owen. He has also written award-winning work in short film, theatre, radio and short fiction. Since joining Screen Academy Scotland in 2007, James has been involved in a number of adaptations and collaborations with crime author Ian Rankin, including Reichenbach Falls (2007) and Doors Open (2012), a 120' comedy thriller for ITV, which was produced by and starred Stephen Fry.

Current work in development includes Chosen, a TV serial set in Estonia, in development with Allfilm (Estonia) and Compact (UK). The project secured funding from Creative Scotland and Canada Media Fund in 2020. Berwick Law, a low budget feature film, has been developed by Creative Scotland and the BFI's Scottish Film Talent Network.

Research Areas



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Inaugural Chair Independent Producers Scotland (IPS)
  • BAFTA Scotland Jury Member


Conference Organising Activity

  • Web Series - New forms for screenwriting


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner National Film School of Ireland
  • External Examiner Birbeck College London
  • External Examiner NUI Galway, Ireland
  • External Examiner IADT Ireland
  • External Examiner Bournemouth University


Media Activity

  • Professional Practice


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