Tuesday 13 March 2012, 10:48
Watch the fallout from the shooting
The best thing, apart from getting to write the second episode of this three-parter, was seeing how much everyone on the Casualty team cared about making this story real.
It was great to have so much support, long before one word got written. It was hard work and a lot of fun piecing it together.
And frustrating sometimes, when a scene you really want to write just works better in another episode.
I'm thinking of a moment between Kris and Stevie that's in part three. Things did change as we wrote and the script editors, Emily Groves and David Davis, had to keep a clear view across all three episodes.
Talking to them made me realise this moment should happen after my episode. You're constantly talking to your script editor about all kinds of details, and to make sure the characters act and talk consistently.
I realised early during the research that I wanted my episode to explore how girls get treated when they come into contact with gangs.
Jade's a 'real' girlfriend - a so-called 'wifey' - and I wanted to know what that could mean for her and for girls who aren't seen this way.
That led eventually to the issue of rape. Sadly, it is sometimes used by gangs to punish or intimidate - that is, as a weapon.
So Jade is another victim of Stevie's decision to fire a gun. Her scenes after the rape were difficult to write, but also satisfying because of the bond between her and Tess.
Jade and her friend Tia live in the same world with similar pressures, but they react differently.
By the end of the episode Jade's the one deciding what she wants - a small but important step. I hope it comes through in the story, that there's always a choice.
Andrea Page is a writer on Casualty.
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