LISTOWEL playwright Christian O'Reilly is now writing for BBC hit shows Doctors, Casualty, Holby City and Eastenders after he was talentspotted by the station.
It's a huge boost for the Listowel native's career and an unbelieveable dream come true for any young dramatist looking for the big break.
That he was brought on board after an intense process which selected only eight writers from over 500 applicants has made it all the more amazing.
"I didn't think I would get accepted so it was pretty amazing and the experience itself has, and continues to be, absolutely fantastic in terms of learning and honing drama-writing skills," he told The Kerryman.
Christian's first episode of Doctors screened last week and his first Casualty outing screened on Saturday, but there's plenty more to come.
"Each year the BBC Writers' Academy take on eight writers to write for their continuing dramas, Doctors, Casualty, Holby City and Eastenders. It's whittled down from about 500 applicants to 130 initially, then 12, then eight writers who get a threemonth training stint at the academy under John York.
"It has been an amazing opportunity. It's easy to get demoralised when you're working on your own during periods when it seems harder than usual to get your work commissioned, so it's great to be working with such a supporting team of people at the BBC."
Christian - who lives in Galway with wife Ailbhe and son Cóilín - already has scores of work to his name, including scripts that made it onto the big screen but even for someone so experienced the BBC academy is providing a huge learning experience.
"I just finished an episode of Holby City for example, and it was a masterclass for writing for TV. The whole experience is teaching me more and more about applying real rigour in the transformation of characters across a story to writing sharp dialogue.
"You're working at such a high level and it is so demanding, but hugely exciting and thrilling at the same time."
In a fortnight's time Christian starts work on Eastenders - the biggest soap in this part of the world - and hopes to continue honing his craft as a BBC dramatist.