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ITV's 'Bonkers' writer being taken to court

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Playwright and actress Tricia Walsh-Smith has filed a claim in the High Court against Sally Wainwright, the credited writer of ITV1’s recent comedy Bonkers, for breach of copyright.

The ITV1 series, which starred Liza Tarbuck, was co-produced by Lime Pictures and Sparkhouse Productions. Lime Pictures has refuted the allegations and says it will defend the claim.

In a statement on behalf of Walsh-Smith, her lawyers Bates, Wells and Braithwaite explained: "Following the broadcast of ITV1’s pilot episode of its new comedy drama Bonkers, Miss Walsh-Smith instructed us to act for her with regard to apparent breach of copyright. Miss Walsh-Smith wrote the stage play Bonkers in 1987 and it was produced and toured outside London, appearing at various venues.”

Walsh Smith said: "Writers are highly competitive and keep track of their contemporaries careers. As I was playwright, producer and star of Bonkers I broke professional grounds, particularly at such a young age and caused a huge stir. I was the talk of the town and the writers Guild. It would have been impossible for Wainwright to not hear about the play and me."

"Sally Wainwright is known for adapting established works. Episode one was basically my play but extremely poorly written! Everything from the title and the premise to the storyline and the characterisation was stolen from me," she added.

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