Furquan Akhtar
Furquan Akhtar is a Broadcast Hot Shot (2014) and Guardian Newspaper “One to Watch” (2012). He cut his creative teeth in the Coronation Street Editorial Department and currently works as a Script Editor for Hollyoaks.

Furquan Akhtar is the winner of the prestigious Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2013-14 and is now in development with BBC Radio Drama.


Entries by Furquan Akhtar

Working for Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2015 | (20:29)

I've started to work for myself. I haven't said it aloud until just now. Shit.

Working for yourself is proper grown up stuff. It means taxes, which I have no clue about. Sometimes I have dreams that I'm bankrupt and talking to Piers Morgan; I tell him that "I...

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Are We Too Emotionally Invested in Television?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2015 | (14:51)

WARNING: This blog contains spoilers about "Grey's Anatomy" which you may want to avoid.

I've worked in television for over five years now but its grip on my life stretched many years before that. Like Homer Simpson; television had a hand in raising me. Ironically Homer Simpson played a...

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My First Day as a Writer

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2015 | (11:28)

It takes me a while to fall awake. Somewhere in the distance Beyonce's "7/11" is playing and I realise that I left my headphones plugged in. Then it hits me; today is my first day as a writer.

It's never good to start with a cliché but...

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Your Year in Review

(0) Comments | Posted 21 December 2014 | (21:07)

It's the time of the year in which we're inundated with lists or reviews; The best song or the best show or the most heart wrenching celebrity break ups. Well, you can scrap all that because with a kind of wisdom to rival Lorde I have the definitive guide to...

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An Ode to the Work Spouse

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2014 | (23:26)

"I love Girls, Girls, Girls, Girls; Girls I do adore" rapped Jay-Z in 2001.

That was before Beyonce got to him. I have never had a Beyonce intervention although let's all take a minute to think about how awesome that would be.

I do however have a work wife....

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What Does 'The End of Hipster' Mean for 'Mipsterz'?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2014 | (16:53)

Recently The Guardian and Observer have been making a lot noise about "The end of the Hipster". In a never ending cycle of irony "The end of the Hipster" occurred as soon as they were labelled; "Hipsters" but then we all knew that.

Like that annoying school friend...

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The Art of Living Alone

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (23:58)

One month in and like Bear Grylls and those chaps on that island. I am deserted.

Well I'm being dramatic; I now live alone.

I think it was Jennifer Anniston who once said (in a film) "You learn a lot about yourself by living alone."

So what have I...

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The 'Friends' Reunion

(1) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (22:27)

So no one told you life was gonna be this way?

"Friends" finished just under ten years ago and fake "news" of a reunion clutters the Social Media networks as much as the girl on your news feed who is selling fruit supplements.

Why are we so obsessed with...

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The Quarter Life Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 17 January 2014 | (16:51)

"I'm having a quarter life crisis" I declared grandly to my ridiculously talented friend Carmel. "Oh..." she remarked "...what's that?"


For me it's the growing realisation that everything might not be okay. I'm officially a proper adult. I'm going to be 26. And my shit is far from...

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Confessions of a Male Shopaholic

(0) Comments | Posted 1 January 2014 | (18:09)

My name is Furquan and I'm a shopaholic.

Before you read any further. This is not a rom com. Isla Fisher did not run into my arms with my online order of the latest High Street fashions. Instead I'm sat alone surrounded by my sale purchases listening to a Spotify...

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The Christmas Party

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2013 | (20:58)

Every year there's an inevitable date in the calendar. It could be something that you look forward to. It could be something that you loathe.

It's the Christmas Party.

It begins earlier than your annual sob to the John Lewis advert. Even before the time you see the chocolate...

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The Internet vs Unrequited Love

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (16:08)

There was a time before the Internet. Even before Encarta. When unrequited love was the source for great works of literature.

Dickens... (I know, you weren't expecting that were you? Bear with)... Dickens wrote one of the greatest examples of unrequited love; Great Expectations. In which our boy Pip spent...

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