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  1. Our Girl - an interview with the writer, Tony Grounds

    Friday 19 September 2014, 14:21

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    Editor's note: Our Girl returns to BBC One on Sunday 21 September 2014 for a five part series.  This follows a successful one-off episode broadcast in March 2013 which explored how Molly Dawes (played by Lacey Turner) came to join the army.  

    Lacey Turner Lacey Turner as Molly Dawes

    What was your ambition for the series?

    I wanted to write a drama about what it was like being a foot soldier in Afghanistan and looking at the issues from their point of view. There’s a big chain of command in the army so I thought it would be really interesting to write about the war from the perspective of a new recruit, such as a Private like Molly, especially when prior to her army training she wouldn’t have even known where it is, let alone how to spell it! With last year’s single, Molly was going through her basic training so there was a quite a linear path for us to follow. However the series, and Molly’s deployment to Afghanistan as a medic, opens up much more potential to explore the issues of what happens to soldiers out there. 

    What changes will we see in Molly across the series? 

    We saw Molly go through quite a dramatic change in the single but this time we’ll see how the deployment really...

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  2. Watch an interview with Matt Charman, writer of BBC One's Our Zoo

    Tuesday 9 September 2014, 13:39

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    Editor's Note: Matt Charman talks about how he discovered the story behind the creation of Chester Zoo, the responsibilities of writing about real people, his research process and why George Mottershead is his favourite character in the drama.

    He also talks about his next project, a currently untitled Cold War thriller, pitching this to Dreamworks and subsequently meeting with and getting notes from the director, no less than Steven Spielberg! The film starts shooting this month in New York and Berlin.

    Matt also shares his tips for new writers and his Desert Island DVD choices.

    Watch Our Zoo, meet the characters (including the animals), watch clips and find out more

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    BBC Writersroom interviews ... Matt Charman

  3. Writing Home Front, Radio 4's First World War drama

    Wednesday 3 September 2014, 12:31

    Katie Hims Katie Hims Writer

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    Editor's Note: Katie Hims' recent radio work includes Listening to the Dead, The Martin Beck Killings, King David and Lost Property which won the 2012 Audio Drama Award. Her stage play Billy the Girl was produced by Clean Break at Soho Theatre in 2013.

    Katie was the the lead writer for the first series of Radio 4's epic drama about the First World War, Home Front, which began on the 100th anniversary of the start of the war on 4th August 2014 and reflects events which happened exactly 100 years ago in each episode.  Producer, Lucy Collingwood, spoke to Katie about the challenges and rewards of writing Home Front and acting as lead writer.

    Home Front Drama serial charting life on the home front during the First World War.

    How did you find writing an individual character’s story per episode?

    I loved loved writing this way because each twelve minute episode became it’s own tiny play. There wasn’t the pressure to tell everyone else’s story within this brief time scale. And the rules were so clear. No action could take place without the presence of the central character – for a simple brain like mine it made it much easier! It also felt as if you could go deeper into a character in this...

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  4. Writing for Radio - Find Your 'Itch'

    Thursday 28 August 2014, 11:50

    Al Smith Al Smith Writer

    The view from the other side

    As one of its readers it’s a nice feeling to be able to contribute something to the Writersroom Blog. I hope some of this might be useful just as I hope it’s not too stultifyingly self-indulgent. I thought I might write a bit about my experiences of writing for radio, couched more widely in a bigger picture of my near constant struggle to try to find the right story to tell. What I’m not going to do is write a list of dos and don’ts for radio. Other much smarter people have done that, like this blog.

    I’m here because I’ve written a new play that will be broadcast on Radio 3 at...

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  5. Boy Meets Girl: The Story So Far

    Wednesday 27 August 2014, 12:01

    Elliott Kerrigan Elliott Kerrigan Writer

    Editor's note: Boy Meets Girl is the UK's first transgender sitcom and has been commissioned as a full series on BBC Two among the channel's raft of new commissions. Created and written by Elliott Kerrigan and Simon Carlyle, the Manchester-based comedy was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award – a BBC Writersroom talent search in partnership with Trans Comedy, which offered aspiring writers up to £5,000 for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

    First things first, thank you for taking the time to read this. Second, I’ll try not to keep repeating...

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  6. The Edinburgh Fringe - a special place for writers

    Wednesday 20 August 2014, 15:24

    Luke Barnes Luke Barnes Writer

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    Editor's note: Luke Barnes is the writer of two plays at this year's Edinburgh Fringe: Beats North (a double-bill with Ishy Din) and Bottleneck, returning to the festival following an acclaimed premiere in 2012. He explains why the Fringe has meant so much to his career and why it is a uniquely exciting destination for new writing.

    I’m writing this as I’m packing my bag to return to Edinburgh for the first time since 2012. Back then I was really lucky and won sponsorship from IdeasTap and Old Vic New Voices to take Chapel Street up to the Fringe and, even more luckily, Bottleneck was produced...

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  7. Our World War - Writing Interactive Drama

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 14:02

    Marco Crivellari Marco Crivellari Writer, Producer

    Editor's Note: The Our World War Interactive Episode accompanies the BBC Three series. The interactive episode is set during the attack on High Wood – part of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The writer of the interactive episode, Marco Crivellari, explains the process of writing an episode in which the viewer is put in the position of a young corporal and has to make critical decisions to keep his men alive.

    Our World War Our World War Interactive Episode

    2 April 2014

    Dear Viewer,

    Would you mind doing some of my work for me? I’ve been asked to write the online accompaniment to a series on BBC Three...

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  8. The Space Prize: Winner Announced

    Monday 11 August 2014, 10:39

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    The Space

    BBC Writersroom and The Space are delighted to announce that National Theatre Wales (NTW) is the first winner of a new, biennial £20, 000 digital theatre award – The Space Prize – a collaboration between organisations encouraging theatres across the United Kingdom to create a unique theatrical experience that will be shown on The Space website. The announcement was delivered last night, Sunday 10 August 2014, by BBC New Writing Creative Director Kate Rowland at ‘Think Big’ held in Kings Hall, Edinburgh.

    Against the backdrop of the event exploring big new theatre ideas with leading...

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  9. Creating Our World War for BBC Three

    Thursday 7 August 2014, 14:37

    Joe Barton Joe Barton Writer

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    Editor’s Note: Inspired by the BAFTA-winning series Our War, which tracked the first-hand experiences of British troops on the front line in Afghanistan, BBC Three’s Our World War immerses viewers in the real stories of British troops serving on the front line during World War One. Our World War is written by Joe Barton and starts on BBC three on Thursday 7th Aug at 9pm. The series has been made in association with BBC Learning.

    Our World War

    The plan for Our World War was to take the formula of Our War; a BAFTA winning documentary series that used self-shot footage of young soldiers to provide an insight...

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  10. The Birth of 'In the Club'

    Tuesday 5 August 2014, 16:49

    Kay Mellor Kay Mellor Writer

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    Editor's note: In the Club is a drama about pregnancy, imminent birth, love and the changing nature of relationships that a new baby brings to a modern family. It follows lives of six pregnant women and their partners who meet at a local parentcraft class. It starts on Tues 5th Aug on BBC One at 9pm.  

    In The Club - Jill Halfpenny, Christine Bottomley, Katherine Parkinson, Hermione Norris, Taj Atwal, Hannah Midgley In The Club

    In The Club has been in my brain for a long time just waiting for the right time to give birth. I had the idea round about the same time I had the idea for Fat Friends but there was more of an appetite for Fat Friends at the time and so In The Club was put on the back burner.


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