Elliott talks about his experiences of making his Boy Meets Girl and the people he's met along the way.
Elliott Kerrigan - writer/creator of BBC Two's 'Boy Meets Girl'
I must’ve done something right in a former life because tonight, at 9.30pm, on BBC Two, the first episode of Boy Meets Girl will be on TV. It’s been an incredible journey… Hang on a second. I still can’t believe that I got to write that opening sentence. A sitcom on BBC Two. I still don’t understand how I got to be so lucky. But getting to this night (and it feels like it’s the biggest night of my life), has been made up of moments, moments which have been the happiest of my life. Moments that I will never forget.
Leo (HARRY HEPPLE), Judy (REBECCA ROOT) Image Credit: BBC Pictures/Diverse
Radio 4 Extra
Calling all comedy writers! Newsjack, the topical sketch show that anyone can write for is back for its thirteenth series and we need you to send us your comedy gold!
The brilliant Nish Kumar is back as host and we’ve made a launch video to get you in the mood.
Newsjack is back!
Every episode is packed with sketches and one-liners submitted by aspiring comedy writers. You don’t need to have any credits or previous experience to get your work on air, just be really funny and believe in yourself… Well, don’t just believe in yourself, as Nish said, he doesn’t just want a load of bits of paper saying you ‘believe in yourself’.
Newsjack is known to be the first rung on the comedy writing ladder, with writers such as James Kettle, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch and James Bugg starting their careers submitting material to the show. We purposefully leave spots in our writer’s room for new people coming through who get their sketches and one-liners broadcast, meaning that anyone is in with a chance of joining...
Alfred Bradley Bursary Award - Shortlisters 2014
Winner Furquan Akhtar and Shortlisters Becky Prestwich and Sarah McDonald Hughes talk about how making the cut for the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award has influenced their careers and on their experiences of taking part in the process.
I wanted to apply for the Alfred Bradley Award for the chance to earn my first writing credit. The opportunity to have my work read by the Writersroom and forge new relationships was incredibly enticing. I had no idea where to begin when it came to pitching for Radio. After winning ABBA I worked closely with a producer called Gary Brown who I have gone on to call my Mr. Miyagi of Radio. This still stands. Gary was patient, honest and just generally brilliant when it came to the draft process of “Shamed” and I’m looking forward to working with him again on our next play. The Alfred Bradley Award has opened so many doors for me in Radio and beyond but most importantly gave me a huge vote...
Natalie Dormer as Lady Seymour Worsley (Photographer: Laurence Cendrovitz, Image credit: BBC/Wall to Wall Productions)
How did you get involved with the project to write a screenplay based upon Hallie Rubenhold’s book?
Well it was my idea! My old professor from University, Peter Thomson, had read “Lady Worsley’s Whim” (now republished as “The Scandalous Lady W”) and corresponded with the author, Hallie Rubenhold. He put Hallie in touch with me as she wanted to know whether the book might make a stage play. I...
Novelist and Screenwriter
‘We want it to be an authored piece’. This is one of those bits of TV jargon that becomes more mysterious the more you hear it. All drama is, after all, authored. What it seems to mean, as far as I can tell, is that you will be the sole writer, and that anyone familiar with your work up to now, watching the end product, would be able to identify it as being written by you. But what does that mean?
Life in Squares: Maynard Keynes (Edmund Kingsley), Lytton Strachey (Ed Birch), Vanessa Bell (Phoebe Fox), Duncan Grant (James Norton), Virginia Woolf (Lydia Leonard), David ‘Bunny’ Garnett (Ben Lloyd Hughes), Leonard Woolf (Al Weaver), Supporting Artist, Clive Bell (Sam Hoare)(Photo: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Ecosse Films)
On-screen the camera is tight on Ripley, gleaming with sweat and righteous fury as she faces off against the alien Queen.
‘Is there a reason why they’re getting you to watch all these eighties action flicks?’ my boyfriend asks, rummaging in the popcorn bowl. ‘Not that I’m complaining.’
From behind a cushion I mumble something about structure, and we both turn back to the TV, chewing in...
Don't Take My Baby - Anna Watson (Ruth Madeley), Dani (Florrie Rudd), Tom Spencer (Adam Long) (Photo: Emilie Sandy/BBC Pictures)
At the BBC Writersroom festival a few years ago I had the good fortune to interview Lars Lundström, creator and writer of Real Humans – the show which has now become Humans on Channel 4, and very good it is too. My main question was what do Scandi drama heads do that we don’t? The thing I discovered was that the directors were very much part of the Writers' Room and made to think the show was...
Sadie also talks about the struggle she experienced getting started as a writer and shares some advice.
Beth Pattinson explains how scripts get into development and why BBC Writersroom is the best starting point.
Listen to the interview now or download it.
Writer and Journalist
Ext. Forest. Day.
Lily, 9, crashes through the undergrowth, the key to Utopian World of Endless Adventure held tightly in her hand. She reaches the portal and plunges the key into the lock. The door yawns open. She’s bathed in pulsating light. She steps forward. Johnny, 9, touches her shoulder.
No, Lily. You wait here and look after the rucksacks. I’ll go and have all the fun….
If you’re a girl and a TV viewer the anti-climax of this scenario might be familiar. As a woman who is now writing for TV, I started to wonder how I could help Lily shoulder-butt Johnny out of the way so she’s...
A Song for Jenny: Julie Nicholson (Emily Watson) (Image: BBC/Robert Viglasky)
What was the first thing that struck you about Julie’s book?
I was really struck by how well written it was. She’s a magnificent writer, but what I thought was extremely impressive was the detail that she could recall of every part of every day, in the search for Jenny’s body and then the discovery of Jenny’s body. But even more crucial was the way that it was not in the slightest overwritten;...