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Brought up in Sutherland and Caithness, Colin MacDonald is a former journalist who has written more than 30 hours of television drama including Sharpe's Honour (Sean Bean) and Blue Murder (Caroline Quentin), both ITV1, as well as three single films for BBC One: The Dunroamin Rising, The Gift and The Wreck on the Highway. He has also written for Heartbeat (ITV1), the BAFTA-award winning Doctor Finlay (ITV1), Casualty (BBC1), and Para Handy (BBC1).
A prolific writer for radio, his credits for BBC Radio 4 include the creating and writing of two five-part Edinburgh-based series of The Whole Of The Moon, five ten-part adaptations of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake novels Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation and Heartstone; and 17 single dramas including Calum's Road, Strummer and Me, Killing The Butterfly, Hill of Rains, All At Sea, Hossack's Child and The Colour of Summer.
Stage plays include The Gowk Storm (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), and The Bones Boys (Oran Mor, Glasgow). He has several feature films in development.
Colin tutors with The Arvon Foundation, and has led classes in writing at Edinburgh University. He mentors and lectures at the Screen Academy at Edinburgh Napier University, and at the University of the Highlands and Islands Sabhal Mor Ostaig campus on Skye.