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October (11 posts)

  1. Story

    Monday 29 October 2007, 11:04

    Abi Abi

    I'm waiting for notes.

    ... so I'll chat about stories. I'm looking for stories. I've got a commissioning meeting for Holby tomorrow. I'll be in a room with my editor, producer and a fellow writer, as we are commissioned two at a time. We'll discuss the story documents, just to make sure they make sense...

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  2. For Your Consideration...

    Monday 29 October 2007, 09:57

    Piers Beckley Piers Beckley

    If you don't read Variety or The Hollywood Reporter, you might not see these ads.

    Just before award season every year, the studios take out full-page ads in the trade magazines marked "For Your Consideration" - and then points out the film that they think has a chance of winning an Oscar, or an Emmy...

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  3. Read all about it!

    Wednesday 24 October 2007, 15:22

    Paul Ashton Paul Ashton

    Thought I'd better update our pages with some recent good news:

    Ed Hime won the Prix Italia prize for best original radio drama. Ed was one of our '50' writers, a project we ran with the Royal Court Theatre. Having confessed to never listened to a radio drama before, Ed pitched his idea and it was commissioned...

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  4. Cog in the machine..

    Monday 22 October 2007, 12:48

    Abi Abi

    My Casualty script seems to be in fairly good shape with a strong heart. Draft 2 was received warmly and deemed good enough to go 'upstairs' for approval by the Exec Producer. This in essence gives me a few days 'off' which is just as well as it's half term and the London Dungeons are calling to my 9...

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  5. Wordplay

    Wednesday 17 October 2007, 18:43

    Piers Beckley Piers Beckley

    Some of the best writing advice I've come across is available gratis on Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio's magnificent site Wordplay.

    If you don't know who they are, you certainly know the films they've written: Shrek 1 & 2, Aladdin, and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. So they know whereof they speak...

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  6. What can possibly go wrong?

    Sunday 14 October 2007, 23:03

    Abi Abi

    Well, we are all at the mercy of the unforeseeable glitch. I worry about the unforeseeable glitch every time I switch my computer on - what if it just decides not to work today? What if my 9 year old has deleted all my files and replaced them with Tracy Beaker documents downloaded from CBBC.
    For 24 hrs...

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  7. Commission Impossible

    Wednesday 10 October 2007, 15:58

    Daniel Peak Daniel Peak

    Yesterday morning I went to TV Centre to pitch my series idea to a commissioner. I'd planned to use the two-hour train journey from Manchester to prepare witty and intriguing things to say in the meeting, but then I bought a newspaper, tried to do the crossword and was fast asleep by Stoke. So I turned...

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  8. Bus Tube Train Taxi

    Saturday 6 October 2007, 15:31

    Abi Abi

    The train journey to Bristol was blissfully uneventful, I spent half of it listening to the two women opposite me, they had an almost symbiotic way of talking over each other, so in tune were they with each other's thoughts and feelings - it was great fun to (stealthily) observe. I love public transport...

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  9. Definitely Maybe

    Thursday 4 October 2007, 17:46

    Daniel Peak Daniel Peak

    In my last post I mentioned Project X, an idea I'd submitted to a BBC executive in the hope that she'd commission a script. Well, her verdict is in, and it's...
    ...wait for it...
    ...lukewarm. It's a maybe. She's not sure. She needs to be convinced.

    So the next stage...

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  10. Interview with Kate Rowland

    Wednesday 3 October 2007, 18:52

    Piers Beckley Piers Beckley

    The Writing Centre in the South West of England recently conducted an interview with the BBC's Creative Director of New Writing (and my boss) Kate Rowland.

    In it, she speaks about The Wire (experimental radio drama), why Radio 4 needs new writers, and the purpose of BBC writersroom.

    Interview here...

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