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144 posts about Drama on this blog

  1. Writing The Preston Passion from the ground up

    Thursday 5 April 2012, 13:02

    Colin Heber-Percy Colin Heber-Percy Writer

    Here's the brief from Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC's Head of Religion and Ethics:

    a) Tell the story of Christ's Passion, his suffering and crucifixion, in a way that's fresh and universal.

    And

    b) Set it in Preston.

    That's it.

    Writing drama for TV normally means having a detailed series outline to stick...

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  2. My Murder: Why this drama had to have a heart

    Monday 26 March 2012, 11:13

    Levi David Addai Levi David Addai Writer

    As much as television commissions can be few and far between for any writer, let alone newer writers like me, My Murder wasn't a project I immediately jumped at.

Shakilus meets Samantha for the first time

You can't help but think what potential he had.

But on reflection I guess what drew...

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  • Casualty: I co-wrote the gangs storyline

    Tuesday 13 March 2012, 10:48

    Andrea Page Andrea Page Writer

    Saturday's episode was my first Casualty script and I couldn't have asked for a more exciting introduction.

    It's a three-part story, which is unusual for Casualty, and it pitches the Holby Emergency Department (ED) team into the aftermath of a violent gang-related shooting and the police investigation...

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  • White Heat: Playing Charlotte over 24 years

    Wednesday 7 March 2012, 16:26

    Claire Foy Claire Foy Actress

    When I first saw the scripts for White Heat I was auditioning for the part of Lilly, but as soon I started reading it was the character of Charlotte that I identified with.

    I had worked with the writer Paula Milne before on The Night Watch, in which I...

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  • The thousands of creative decisions behind BBC Four's Dirk Gently

    Monday 5 March 2012, 10:30

    Stephen Mangan Stephen Mangan Actor

    One man, Douglas Adams, wrote two and a half books about the adventures of holistic detective, Dirk Gently, and now over 100 people have collaborated to bring his character to the small screen for a new series which starts tonight.

  • Dirk and Richard are on a stakeout

    Locations for filming are chosen...

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  • The Indian Doctor and its cracking 1960s soundtrack

    Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:06

    Sanjeev Bhaskar Sanjeev Bhaskar

    Firstly a massive and humble thank you to all those who watched series one of The Indian Doctor. With just under two million viewers and a couple of awards, it far exceeded all our expectations and the reception enabled us to get together to make series two.

    I certainly read and appreciated every one...

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  • Pramface: Playing the pregnant teenager

    Thursday 23 February 2012, 06:55

    Scarlett Alice Johnson Scarlett Alice Johnson Actress

    Pramface centres around two unlikely teenagers who are thrown together after a night of post A-level partying.

    I play Laura Derbyshire, the very unlucky pregnant 18-year-old by the even unluckier 16-year-old Jamie Prince.

    Both them and their families are forced kicking and screaming into bringing...

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  • Upstairs Downstairs: I design the sets

    Friday 17 February 2012, 14:28

    Arwel Wyn Jones Arwel Wyn Jones Production Designer

    I was standing on a rooftop in central London on the last day of filming a crucial scene for Sherlock when I got a call offering me the role of production designer on the new series of Upstairs Downstairs BUT - I had to start the following day!

    This was my introduction to the rollercoaster ride that...

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  • Inside Men: Armed robbery and the modern man

    Wednesday 8 February 2012, 10:23

    Tony Basgallop Tony Basgallop Writer

    I could rob a bank. I could rob two banks, if I wanted. But I don't because the risk outweighs the reward. Prison seems grim and I'm not all that bothered about being rich.

    I can separate all the men I know into two categories: alphas and betas. Leaders and followers, if you will.

    Inside Men's warehouse...

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  • Birdsong: Interview with the director

    Friday 27 January 2012, 11:22

    Fiona Wickham Fiona Wickham Editor, TV blog

    Sebastian Faulks' World War I novel Birdsong is about "the violence of a love affair, and exquisite love in war", says screenwriter Abi Morgan, who has adapted the modern classic for BBC One.

    Director Philip Martin told the BBC TV blog about the experience of making the two-part drama.

    What drew you...

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  • We'll Take Manhattan: Meeting David Bailey

    Thursday 26 January 2012, 10:38

    John McKay John McKay Writer/Director

    It's summer 2009, and I am sitting on David Bailey's sofa, trying to persuade him to let me write and direct a film about his life for BBC Four.

    Bailey is short, fierce-eyed and direct: "I just don't want it to be s***!" he says.

    I had spotted the photos which inspired We'll Take Manhattan in a weekend...

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  • The Mystery Of Edwin Drood: I'm the director

    Monday 9 January 2012, 10:29

    Diarmuid Lawrence Diarmuid Lawrence Director

    Charles Dickens died without finishing The Mystery Of Edwin Drood - in fact, he was only halfway through, leaving all the balls in the air and numerous hints, blind alleys, unrevealed connections and intriguing possibilities on display.

    In short, a challenge not to be missed.

    So, Gwyneth Hughes, a...

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  • Great Expectations: Falling in love with Miss Havisham

    Tuesday 27 December 2011, 10:00

    Gillian Anderson Gillian Anderson Actress

    I wanted to play Miss Havisham because she's an iconic character who pervades our world in various forms. So many people have written about her or based other characters on her over many decades.

    I was interested in what it was that was so appealing about her, what it is that seems to get under people...

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  • Filming Lapland: The comedy and tragedy of Christmas

    Wednesday 21 December 2011, 10:00

    Zawe Ashton Zawe Ashton Actress

    Lapland covers quite touching issues that are affecting the Lewis family - like the loss of their family patriarch - and then my character, the holiday rep Jingle Jill interrupts with quite hilarious material. It's very much a comedy drama.

    I remember when I read the script how moving and touching it...

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  • Merlin: From nerve-wracking audition to series finale

    Friday 16 December 2011, 12:55

    Rupert Young Rupert Young

    As the fourth series of Merlin draws to a close I find it hard to believe it's almost three years since I auditioned for the part of Sir Leon.

    I had 24 hours' notice and I'd missed the first series as I was working when it came out. So I bought the DVD and watched as many episodes as I could in the...

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  • Baker Boys: We're the writers and real-life partners

    Tuesday 22 November 2011, 11:03

    Helen Raynor Helen Raynor Writer

    Hello - I'm Helen Raynor. I've worked on established dramas like Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Primeval, but Baker Boys is my first original drama series. We've filmed this blog post to share a bit about the creative process with you.

    I created and wrote it with Gary Owen, who you will spot nodding sagely...

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  • Death In Paradise: Playing a detective in the Caribbean

    Tuesday 1 November 2011, 12:41

    Gary Carr Gary Carr Actor

    I'd say that Death In Paradise is a detective series in a familiar style with a contemporary twist provided by its exotic location.

    The show is set in the Caribbean on the fictitious island, Saint-Marie (actually Guadeloupe).

    There are surprises and mysteries in the storylines, but also clashes...

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  • Holy Flying Circus: Making a drama of Monty Python

    Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11:45

    Rufus Jones Rufus Jones Actor

    "I suppose the challenge with Jones The Wife was to try and create something sweet, something truthful, then stick some fake boobs on it and see if the audience still bought it."

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  • BBC Two Mixed Race Season: Shirley

    Thursday 29 September 2011, 18:51

    Katherine Lannon Katherine Lannon Producer

    In February, I had a phone call to say Prospect Cymru was developing a factual drama about Dame Shirley Bassey for BBC Two, to be included in the channel's Mixed Race Season.

    Would I be interested in meeting the Executive Producer Charles Thompson to discuss? How could I refuse?

    It sounded like a...

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  • Eastenders: E20

    Friday 23 September 2011, 12:45

    Himesh Patel Himesh Patel Actor

    I've been playing Tamwar Masood on EastEnders for four years.

    Together with Charlie G Hawkins, who recently left EastEnders after playing Darren Miller for eight years, I have written the second online episode of EastEnders: E20 series three.

  • Introducing E20's three brand new characters

    However...

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