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, most recently, 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). 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

  • BAFTA Scotland Jury Member


Conference Activity

  • Web Series - New forms for screenwriting


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner Bournemouth University, Irish Film School, London Birbeck.


Media Activity

  • Professional Practice


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