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Screenwriter - author - columnist - travel writer

Zara has written for TV, podcasts, radio and worldwide news publications.

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Zara writes screenplays, comedy sketches and short stories for TV, podcasts and radio.  In 2021 she was launched as a columnist for Scotland's biggest newspaper, The Scottish Sun and she often writes articles and features for national publications including The Guardian


Zara has a Master's degree in Journalism with distinction. She worked for the Scottish Human Rights Commission and The Innocence Project as an Investigative Journalist. She has been freelancing for national publications for over a decade. 

As a TV producer Zara Janjua has written for ITV's This Morning & Loose Women. She has written scripts and comedy for BBC Shows, BBC Radio London and STV.

Zara is a copywriter for brands, from Virgin Holidays & Atlantic, the FA to PayPal, MasterCard, World Pride and NatWest. She has recently been commissioned to write a film for WaterBear, the Netflix of nature, founded by Academy Award-winning documentary producer of My Octopus Teacher.

Zara is also writing her first non-fiction book, represented by The Good Agency.



United Thingdom, BBC Radio 4

Gifted, Episode 5, Red Camel Productions, CBBC

Crongton, Episode TBC, Unstoppable Productions, CBBC 

Doulas, Optioned, The Comedy Unit

E-Mum - Optioned, BBC Studios

Noising Up, Series 3, BBC Radio Scotland



Noising Up, Series 1&2, BBC Radio Scotland


Challenge The Gap, Waterbear Network

Raiders of The Lost Archive - BBC Scotland

Feminist Newsreader, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Aunty Gee, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Scottistani Life, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Growing Up Scottish, Spud Gun Productions, BBC Scotland



Kally Khandashian, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Match of the Yesterday 1314, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Pak Life, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Kally at the Euros, Short Stuff, BBC Studios

Scotland Made Me, Spud Gun, BBC Scotland


The Comedy Underground, Dabster Productions, BBC Scotland 



Young Films Foundation Competition, Shortlist


Funny Women Comedy Shorts, Longlisted


Funny Women Comedy Shorts, Finalist

Funny Women Comedy Writing, Shortlisted 

David Nobbs Comedy Writing Award, Finalist

BBC Children Writersroom, Winner

ITV Female Pilot Club, Winner

ALL3Media Comedy Writing, Winner


BBC Comedy Writersroom, Winner

Funny Women Comedy Writing, Shortlisted 

David Nobbs Comedy Writing Award, Finalist 

The Guardian Article, Nov 2021
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