Henrietta Hardy

Henrietta Hardy

“I’ve always believed in unions. At a time when they seem more under threat than ever, people need to get together and unite. There is strength in numbers.

“That said, probably like a lot of people when I joined the Writers’ Guild, I was nervous that it was only for ‘proper’ writers. It took a while for me to be comfortable using that term… hmm, I’m still not certain I really am!

“In reality though, I found the Guild to be a very welcoming institution. Staff work tirelessly on our behalf, as do other writers who lead and sit on the various committees. Recent negotiations with the BBC for writers on long-running shows is proof to me of what the Guild can do and why it’s madness for writers to stay outside and not to join.

“And if none of the above is of interest, the Guild have a very good pension scheme which the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 pay into. It’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.”


Henrietta Hardy was born in Middlesborough. She completed an MA in Scriptwriting at the Northern Film School in Leeds following several years working with physical theatre companies in Scotland and as a script reader for STV and Carlton TV. Writing credits include The Bill, Family Affairs, Doctors and Casualty. She is currently working with a Norwegian producer developing an eight-part thriller.

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