Profession based dramas

In this week's CoP Show Hazel Marshall and her guests discuss creating dramas that bring to life the grit and reality of a specific profession.

Whether it’s the emotional ebb and flow of the hospital ward, the intense cut and thrust of the courtroom or the perils of police partnerships, our guests are all masters in the craft of producing profession based dramas. They are Hilary Salmon, Justin Young and Sally Wainwright.

"I encourage new writers to come up with a really good story and then work with advisers and doctors."  – Justin Young

We hear from Sally how insiders, consultants and advisers are used to enable programme makers to portray situations realistically, while Hilary explains how Silk benefits from lead writer Peter Moffat's experience as a criminal barrister. We explore the balance between overuse and over-exposition of technical jargon and hear how too much research can 'tip the boat over'.

Hilary Salmon is executive producer of legal drama Silk. Her list of credits have recently included Inside Men and One Night, whilst she’s also been responsible for Criminal Justice, Silent Witness and Babyfather. 

Justin Young is head writer and consultant series producer of Holby City. Justin was a playwright until taking part in the BBC Writers Academy in 2007, before going on to write for Doctors, EastEnders, Casualty and Holby.

Sally Wainwright is writer, co-creator and executive producer of ITV’s Scott and Bailey. Her other credits include BAFTA award winning Happy ValleyLast Tango in Halifax, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, Unforgiven and At Home With The Braithwaites