ITV has a new drama called Girlfriends written and directed by Bafta winner Kay Mellor.
But what do we know about the acclaimed scriptwriter and what other shows has she been a part of?
PA:Press Association Kay Mellor was also awarded the Bafta in 1997 for Outstanding Writing for Television
Who is Kay Mellor?
Kay is an English actress and scriptwriter who has left her mark on numerous successful TV dramas.
She was born in Leeds on May 11, 1951, and later studied at Bretton Hall College, which is now part of the University of Leeds.
Kay’s legacy has led to her being appointed an OBE in 2009 and becoming a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2016.
She was also awarded the Bafta Dennis Potter award in 1997 for Outstanding Writing for Television.
Womans Weekly Kay started writing for Coronation Street in the 1980s and has also contributed to Fat Friends and The Syndicate
What shows has Kay Mellor written?
She started writing for Granada TV in the 1980s on Coronation Street, and she also wrote seven episodes for Channel 4’s Brookside in 1989.
One of Kay’s new shows is ITV’s Girlfriends, starring Zoe Wanamaker, which she wrote and directed.
Girlfriends is a contemporary story of Linda, Sue and Gail as they struggle with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.
She has also written for Band of Gold (1995), Playing the Field (1998) for BBC One, Fat Friends (2000) and Between the Sheets (2003).
In 2012 she wrote another BBC drama, The Syndicate, which returned for a second series in 2013 and a third series in 2015.