Roy Minton

Roy Minton

Roy Minton (born, in Nottingham England) is an English playwright best know for "Scum", and his work with Alan Clarke. He is notable for having written over 30 one-off scripts for London Weekend Television, Rediffusion, BBC, ATV, Granada, Thames Television and Yorkshire Television, including Sling Your Hook, Horace, Funny Farm, Scum, Goodnight Albert, and The Hunting of Albert Crane.

He has translated and performed several of his plays overseas and at festivals in the UK, including a reading of his play for Scum at the Royal Shakespeare Company, London; and Gradual Decline at the Riverside Studios London.

Minton also wrote the screenplay for Scrubbers, a film from which he disassociates himself totally. During his absence overseas, he felt the original screenplay had been “savaged” and describes the final production as “...arguably the worst film ever made.”


Born in Nottingham England, Minton won a two-year scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He worked as an actor prior to writing full time. He was winner of a BBC playwriting competition, received the Art Council Award and was resident dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse.


tage Plays

* "Death in Leicester"
* "Sometime Never"
* "Ag and Fish"
* "Good Times"
* "Bovver"
* "Funny Sunday"
* "Scum"
* "Gradual Decline"

Feature Films

* "Scum"
* "Scrubbers"

Radio Plays

* "Working Weekend" BBC
* "A Kiss on the Peke" Radio Telefis Eirann, Dublin.
* "The Gold Medallist" BBC

Films and Plays for Television

* "Stand By Your Screen"
* "Goodnight Albert"
* "Horace"
* "Horace (tv series)" 6 x 30-minute plays for Yorkshire Television based on the original BBC film.
* "Funny Farm"
* "Scum"
* "Fast Hands"

Further Reading

* "Bovver" One-act play. Prompt Series, Hutchinson.
* "Scum" Novel adapted from the film script. Hutchinson/Arrow Books

Personal Life

Minton lives in north London and continues to write novels, scripts and plays. He is currently working on his autobiography.


*Arts Council Award

External links

* [ Roy Minton’s Blog.]
* [ IMDB entry for Roy Minton.]
* [ Scum (TV drama)] at the BFI's Screenonline
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* [ biography]

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