Christine Robertson was part of BBC Writersroom's first Comedy Room development scheme 2015/16.
As our second Comedy Room kicks off Christine gives an update on what happened for her after leaving the Comedy Room and passes on her top tips for other budding writers.
Don’t worry, I haven’t heard of me either – but when BBC Writersroom ask you to write a blog, you refuse that opportunity at your peril!
As a graduate of the first BBC Writersroom Comedy Room, I’ve been invited to share What Happened Next but I’m not the most comfortable of horn tooters, so I’ll be burying what happened next amongst some random tips and observations about comedy writing/starting out – the one other thing BBC Writersroom said would be acceptable.
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Anyone who’s ever written or read a character biog will know that they can spark extreme tedium and sometimes tears. They can be flat, dry and uninspiring to read, which isn’t where you want to start when...
The Break II: Cast announced
Cast announced as production begins on The Break II - five new original short film monologues for BBC Three.
An exciting array of young and upcoming stars have been cast for The Break II - a collaboration between BBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Production of five original short monologues for BBC Three, written by up-and-coming BAME writing talent from across the UK.
Filming is currently taking place in Birmingham and the five distinctive short films will cover everything from a young man fretting about the imminent arrival of his first child to a young woman’s foolhardy mistake putting everything on track in her life, at risk.
The stellar line-up includes:
Charlotte Beaumont (Broadchurch, Waterloo Road, Balcony) who will star in ‘Etching’, written by Emteaz Hussian.
Leonie Elliott (Danny and the Human Zoo, Black Mirror) star of ‘Scotch Bonnett by Chino Odimba.
James Floyd (My Brother the Devil, The Infidel, Tormented) star of ‘The Package’ by Maya Sondhi.
Adelle Leonce (Ordinary...
Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone are the writing team who researched and wrote the script for BBC One's new dramatisation of the notorious murders committed by John Christie at 10 Rillington Place. They explain how they became involved and why telling this story has become so important to them.
How did you come to be involved in the project?
Tracey: The Executive Producer Phillippa Giles approached Ed and myself with the idea of doing a story about John Christie and Rillington Place. At that time, I knew the headlines but I didn’t know much more than that. I started delving into the research and thought it was an incredible story, this idea that Christie and Ethel lived in a street where no one realised what was going on, despite them sharing the house with other tenants and everyone living in such close proximity.
How much do you know about John Christie?
T: John Christie grew up in Halifax, Yorkshire. He was terrified of his grandfather by his own admission but his early childhood...
Editor's Note: Chandni Lakhani is currently part of BBC Writersroom's Drama Room, a development scheme for writers who have submitted successful scripts to our open submission Script Room system, been identified through other writing opportunities or by our talent scouts. The Drama Room runs for six months with sessions including Radio Drama, Children's, Continuing Drama and the most recent, on TV Drama...
Like many households, we were all obsessed with TV when I was growing up. There wasn’t a meal we’d not consider eating in front of it and every day at school I’d look forward to the last...
Just over a year ago The Coroner, the first show I’ve ever created, aired. I wrote about the process of creating it for BBC Writersroom just before it transmitted. I can’t begin to tell you how completely nerve racking it was waiting to see what audiences would make of it… Or if we would even get any audiences. I was bowled over by how its audience took to it. We had fantastic reviews and averaged around 1.7 million viewers per episode with an audience share many prime time dramas would kill for.
The audience got that we had created a contemporary yet old-fashioned crime drama which was as...
Writer and journalist
Our residential workshop for Scottish female comedy writers took place last month in the magnificent surroundings of Cove Park on the shores of Loch Long. Lorna Martin is an award-winning journalist, formerly as Scotland Editor of The Observer, and author of the comic memoir, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She describes what happened and how it finally led to a positive outcome for her scriptwriting.
NW tells the story of Natalie and Leah, friends who grew up together in north west London, whose lives have taken them in different directions.
It is adapted from Zadie Smith's novel by Rachel Bennette, who explains more about the process and its challenges and rewards below.
Natalie Blake (Nikki Amuka-Bird), Leah Hanwell (Phoebe Fox) - Photo credit: Steffan Hill/BBC/Mammoth Screen
How did the adaptation of NW come about?
It came out of the relationship with the producers at Mammoth Screen. We...
Editor's Note: The Scottish women's comedy writing residential took place recently in the magnificent surroundings of Cove Park, overlooking Loch Long on Scotland's West Coast. It offered a group of female comedy writers development workshops and writing exercises, plus an opportunity to pitch their ideas to BBC Scotland's comedy department. Fern Brady explains what it meant to her...
The magnificent surroundings of Cove Park
I work as...
The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington is about the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. The radio adaptation, starring Maxine Peake is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 5th November 2016 at 2.30pm and available on BBC iPlayer until 4th December 2016. We caught up with Amanda to ask her to compare writing for theatre and radio and how stage scripts change when they move onto radio.
The Guardian recently highlighted you are the most performed female playwright in the UK. Why do you think that is?
Stamina, mainly! I started writing for a living when I left school,...
The North West of England is a center of excellence for children’s drama. CBBC is at MediaCity in Salford and Northern English Indies make shows including Wolf Blood, Hank Zipzer, The Evermore Chronicles and the eagerly anticipated The Worst Witch.
But what are the secrets of success behind those hit brands? I went along to RTS North West’s event last week to find out…
Children's Drama Panel: L-R Marcus Wilson, Rebecca Hodgson, Helen Bullough (Chair), Amy Buscombe and Jim Poyser