July (11 posts)
Thursday 31 July 2008, 13:49
As promised, here are some thoughts culled from the guest sessions at our recent workshop week. The message from three very different writers was essentially the same - pursue emotional truth.
Paul Mendelson, when planning an episode of May to December, always began by asking - what's the emotional...
Wednesday 30 July 2008, 15:13
The Radio Times has fallen out of love with Casualty I notice. No more warm fuzzy write ups in the 'Today's Choice' section. Now the reviewers seem hell bent on out doing each other with ever more verbose maulings of the Saturday night staple. Maybe I could start a column here reviewing their reviews...
Tuesday 22 July 2008, 15:58
Firstly, good luck to all the 2008 Writers Academy hopefuls being interviewed this week!
My Holby episode is filming over the next month. Transmitted in September, I gave it a bleak autumnal feel at the end - characters battling home against the wind and rain etc. Only we couldn't have rain (too expensive...
Tuesday 15 July 2008, 18:57
While we were having our workshop last week, I received the sad news that Paul Makin had died. Paul was a unique comedy voice, who created a wonderful show called Nightingales, which wasn't like anything else before or since. We worked closely together on Goodnight Sweetheart, and he will be missed...
Monday 14 July 2008, 13:36
There's a new interview with Paul Abbott up at the Guardian.
You can also read our interview with him last year.
Thursday 10 July 2008, 17:11
Back again from a fortnight out of the office - did you miss me?
(Don't feel you have to answer that.)
Specifically, the prize...
Wednesday 9 July 2008, 15:57
I went back to school with Micheal Jacob's Comedy College this week, dropping in on Susan Nickson's session. She discussed Two Pints of Lager, Grown Ups, her huge ego, stalkers, cancelling her own series, and the sheer terror of getting into comedy at the tender age of 14. They are also meeting the brilliant...
Tuesday 8 July 2008, 15:37
"So - have you been writing any of your own stuff?" asked a friend of mine the other day after I'd outlined the exhaustive timetable of dovetailing a Casualty into the end of a Holby hot on the tails of an Eastenders.
I stared at my wall planner agog (we were on the phone) - had he not been listening...
Wednesday 2 July 2008, 12:54
Come to a session about 'Your scripts and what to do with them' with speakers from BBC Writersroom and North West Playwrights at the Urbis in Manchester on July 8th. See here for details.
Tuesday 1 July 2008, 18:03
In case you missed it on our frontpage, we have a Q&A with Sharman Macdonald, the writer of the new BBC Films release The Edge of Love, starring Kiera Knightly and Sienna Miller. There are limited places still available, so get your name down now! See this link.