Our panel of celebrity judges
Our celebrity panel is very distinguished and we are immensely grateful that they are prepared to give their time to help this competition be a success.
We are also very fortunate to have the wonderful Yolande Yorke-Edgell joining us. Yolande is a distinguished dancer and choreographer whose company Yorke Dance Project has toured her own productions to great critical acclaim. Yolande will be choosing one of our stories to turn into a dance, performed by local children whom she herself will train, as a curtain raiser to her production at the OSO Arts Centre in October. This is a marvellous addition to the Screen Your Story competition and we are immensely grateful to Yolande for her time and interest.
We are delighted that brilliant children's writer Sarah Govett has joined our panel of judges. She is the author of the critically acclaimed trilogy The Territory shortlisted for The Times Chickenhouse Children's Fiction Prize and nominated for a prize at the Gateshead Bibliocon in February 2017. Her second book, Escape was published in October 2016 - See more at: http://www.screenyourstory.org/hot-news-new-judges/#sthash.IbvfdPYE.dpuf
Ade Adepitan is Britain's inspirational wheelchair basketball player. Childhood polio forced him into a wheelchair but once he discovered wheelchair basketball his burning ambition was to win gold for his country. In the 2002 and 2005 European Championship he won bronze and silver. At the Athens 2004 Paralympics as Captain of the GB team he sunk the winning shot to win bronze. He finally fulfilled his ambition of winning gold by again producing the winning shot at the 2005 world Championship. Now a television presenter he covered London's 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4 to wide acclaim endearing himself to the public with his knowledge, his charm - and those dreadlocks!
Alistair McGowan is a man of many parts: an impressionist, stand-up comedian, actor, singer and writer. His series 'The Big Impression' was for years the BBC'c top rated comedy programme winning a BAFTA award in 2003. He is an acclaimed actor winning a nomination for an Olivier award for his role in 'Little Shop of Horrors' and his play 'Timing' won the whatsonstage.com award for Best New Comedy. In 2013 he wowed audiences with a stand up show with Eddie Izzard, performed entirely in French! He's mad about sport so you'll catch him regularly on 'A Question of Sport' and Radio 5 Live's Wimbledon commentary team.
Film Producer Jill Green is an outstanding independent producer specialising in high concept, high quality film and TV projects. Notably she produced the UK's largest viewed event drama 'Collision' and the BAFTA award winning 'Foyle's War'. She is currently producing a feature film 'Miss Garnet's Angel'.
Patricia Hodge is one of Britains best known stars of stage and screen. She was nominated twice for an Olivier award for Best Actor in a Musical before winning the 2000 Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Money'. She was also nominated for a BAFTA award for her performance in 'Hotel du Lac'. She has appeared in many films notably Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal'. We've all seen her recently as Miranda's mother in the BBC sitcom 'Miranda'.
Jack Whitehall is one of our most exciting young comedians. Three times winner of the King of Comedy Award - an unrivalled achievement - in 2012, 2013 and 2014, his stand up tours are always a critically acclaimed sell-out. He has written and starred in 'Fresh Meat' and the tragicomic adventures of benighted teacher Alfie in 'Bad Education'. You can see him now in 'A League of Their Own' and what one reviewer called 'the comedy gold' of the 'Bad Education' movie. And take a look at the pictures of our Gala 2016 with Jack presenting prizes to our delighted winners.
Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. Children and adults alike love his wonderful books - one of my own favourites is the wonderful, touching 'The Butterfly Lion' - which have been turned into operas, ballets, plays and films most notably the glorious, heart rending 'War Horse'. See him enchanting our young winners at the 2015 Gala.
Chris Riddell is an author and illustrator of children's books, political cartoonist for the Observer and our current Children's Laureate. Hurrah! He is best known for 'The Edge Chronicles' and the Ottoline series for which he won the Kate Greenaway award.Check out on Twitter his enchanting 'Laureate to Laureate' sketches of him and Michael Morpurgo at our Gala.
Sir Tim Rice is an Academy award, Golden Globe, Tony and Grammy award winning lyricist best known for 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Evita'. He has a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame, he's been inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is a recipient of a Disney Legend. And he's one of our judges! Whoopee.
Sarah Sands is a novelist and journalist. Starting as a new reporter on a local newspaper she is now Editor of the Evening Standard. She's often controversial but never dull and we're lucky to have her.
Ben Cavey is a producer and writer, known for Benidorm, Grandma's House and Bad Education (catch the hilarious Bad Education movie which he directed)) as well as live comedy shows with talents such as Miranda Hart and Jack Whitehall. Ben is Head of Entertainment at Tiger Aspect.
Jane Horrocks is a film and television actress, voice artist, musician and singer, who played the roles of Bubble and Katy Grin in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. She was nominated for the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the title role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, and received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations when she reprised the role in the film Little Voice.