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Vicki Vicki | 17:05 UK time, Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Hello all,

Whilst we're off air, our writing team has been working hard to develop stories for Series 3. Thanks to all of you who submitted ideas - they were very helpful, and we hope you'll see how we've used them later in the year.

Before that, we hope you like Series 2 - there are some really juicy stories coming up - the best yet, I think. Last week, we had the readthrough for the final episodes with the cast and crew, and only then did they find out their fates. All I can tell you is that there are some big surprises coming your way.

Series 2 has been a blast - it's great to have welcomed our newbies to the show, they're a lovely gang to work with and it's a lot of fun figuring out with the writing team what journeys to take their characters on. The storyline ideas you submitted to us in December last year were very helpful in creating the series, and we tried to make sure we used as many as possible.

Some examples, Bee asked us whether we could do a storyline about "siblings that don't get along" which spurred us on to develop the character who became Alex. Another suggestion that we took onboard was from Lucy, who said "I'd love to see a storyline between two best friends (girl and boy) and they like each other at contrasting times, both too shy to ask the other out". Well, Lucy, please keep watching Cam and Frankie...you never know. We got a great steer from Eilidh, who asked for "serious issues that affect teenagers, but dealt with through comedy! You always pay more attention when it's funny!". I agree with that totally, and so we've tried to warm up Series 2 for you guys, and we'll continue to try to make it funny for Series 3.

And on that note, my personal favourite comment that was submitted was from Ruby, who asked for us to write a story about a character who "rides a horse and other people think they are really posh and horrible when in actual fact they are nicer than everyone else". I am definitely going to try and use that somewhere! Eyes peeled.

So, loud and clear, we love hearing from you guys, and we take great interest and care with your suggestions, so please keep them coming.

Hope you enjoy the rest of Series 2.



(Ps. If you're a budding writer, then you need Al's top writing tips! They're here)


  • Comment number 1.

    cant wait for series 3 now cause it sounds great ^__^ and cant wait for the cut to be back on tv next week! i've missed it loads.

  • Comment number 2.

    I have a couple of questions.

    1. Has a third series definitely been commissioned, or are you just working on the off-chance?
    2. Are there any plans to broadcast The Cut outside the UK? (I have a friend in Australia who wants to watch it)

    Finally, I just wanted to say: For Series 3, PLEASE do not introduce so many new characters. In Series 2, we have had six new characters join the show (Frankie, Alex, Cameron, Rory, Catherine and Elliott). Although I like elements of all these characters, I think six is way too much. I was actually a bit relieved when Tommy left, to be honest...

  • Comment number 3.

    George you should work for the cut you have so many good ideas through out all the blogs.

    Cant wait for the cut throughout the blogs.

  • Comment number 4.

    Thank you, MusicGirl320! I have just had another thought: In Skins they change the whole cast every two years. Maybe in Series 3, seeing as they've introduced lots of new characters, they could get rid of all the original characters (Olive, Toni, Stephen, Mack, Amy, Marla, Rosa - and Jay, Fin and Tommy if they come back) and keep the six new people they have introduced in Series 2? It probably wouldn't work, because there are probably already plans for some of the characters, but just an idea... :)

  • Comment number 5.

    George - Everything was perfect till you tried to get rid of original characters. I should be your right hand girl to tell you when your crossing the line :P

  • Comment number 6.

    Yeah don't get rid of the old characters, I like Olive's character the most!
    But i agree with you about bringing in too many characters at the start of the series.

    Looking forward to the rest of series 2 though :D

  • Comment number 7.

    Well, it was just an idea... not necessarily the right thing to do, just an interesting way to do things. Sort of like what they do in Skins, only introducing the new characters before they get rid of the old ones. But yes, I did say it probably wouldn't work. And MusicGirl320, feel free to be my right-hand girl ;)

  • Comment number 8.

    So looking forward to it restarting :D

    I think that in series 3 we should get to explore the characters' pasts more, because really we've only touched lightly on Marla's and Steven's.
    Also I think it would be interesting if one of the characters got ill, and through this they find out who their real friends are.
    Maybe we should meet Catherine's family too because we don't know anything about her really.

    Oh and also please please please don't change the cast! x

  • Comment number 9.

    i think that also it would be intresting if we could find out more about toni and olive's past about what happened to their parents and that.

  • Comment number 10.

    Actually yeah, you guys are right. Don't introduce any more characters, just have storylines that explore in detail the characters we have now

  • Comment number 11.

    I loved the last part in series 2
    When does series 3 start ?? I cant wait :D


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