Lyme man writes script for Eastenders

PUBLISHED: 14:59 25 August 2015

Script writer Andrew Rattenbury

Script writer Andrew Rattenbury

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Former Woodroffe School head boy is invited to pen an episode for the award-winning soap

Lyme-born script writer Andrew Rattenbury has been commissioned to write an episode for the multi-award-winning soap opera EastEnders to be screened in January.

Andrew, the former head boy of the Woodroffe School and the patron of the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis, has been extremely successful in his career after studying acting at the Bristol Old Vic.

He has a long list of successes to his credit, having written for programmes such as Monarch of the Glen, Peak Practice, Holby City, Teachers and Casualty and having his own ITV series The Golden Hour.

Andrew, also a prize-winning playwright, wrote The Slanting Rain, based on the life of the Russian revolutionary and poet Vladamir Mayskoskvy, and this was produced on Broadway’s famous 42nd Street.

His stage adaptation of the Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Val Kilmer, was staged in the West End. Andrew also adapted for the theatre Thomas Hardy’s Return of The Native.

“I am delighted to be writing for EastEnders,” he said. “It has become almost a part of so many people’s DNA, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Andrew, who used to play for Lyme Regis Football Club, will be bringing a side for a friendly fixture against the Seasiders later this month.

He visits his home town as often as possible to see his mother, Celia Rattenbury, of Summerhill Road, and brothers, Steve, Brian and Simon. Another brother, former Lyme star midfielder Stuart, lives in Chard.

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