Desperate Fishwives on TV
Following last Friday's episode of Desperate Fishwives on BBC Radio Scotland I spoke with the producer Margaret-Anne Docherty. She was filling me in on the TV version of Desperate Fishwives and wrote these words about the process of making a programme for radio and migrating it across onto TV:
Hello from Radio Comedy or should I say radio with a wee touch of telly! Our much loved Doric jewel Desperate Fishwives is set to hit the small screen tonight, BBC 2 Scotland at 2200.
The transition from Radio to TV wasn't an easy one. The main problem was thinking in pictures. Radio by its very nature is more verbose and D.F. radio sketches can be between 3 and 5 mins long!
That length just wouldn't cut it on TV so you need to abridge the narrative using pictures, basically you SHOW and don't TELL. So after years of TELLING on Radio Scotland we had to think about pictures for the first time. Hopefully you will think that we have cracked it ...watch the show and let us know.
Best, Margaret-Anne Docherty
Producer, Desperate Fishwives
Desperate Fishwives on TV and Radio
RADIO - BBC Radio Scotland
Friday 10 December: Desperate Fishwives - Festive Frolics
Saturday 25 December: Desperate Fishwives Christmas Special (repeat of the 2009 programme)
Friday 31 December/ Hogmanay: Desperate Fishwives New Year Special
Saturday 1 January: Desperate Fishwives New Year Special (repeat of the programme from the previous day)
TV - BBC TWO Scotland
Tuesday 14 December: Desperate Fishwives