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Episode 50: Interview with sitcom writer, James Cary
October 31, 2015 03:41 AM PDT
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James Cary was the creator of the radio sitcoms "Think the Unthinkable" and "Hut 33" and was lead writer on the sketch show, Concrete Cow. For TV, he has written for My Hero, My Family and Miranda. More recently he co-wrote the BBC Three series Bluestone 42 with Richard Hurst. Online you can find James podcasting, blogging and tweeting as SitcomGeek.

We talk to him about comedy, about writing material for others and about getting your own show off the ground. And also about the differences between radio and television.

Episode 49: 3 things from us - and a question for you
October 05, 2015 01:49 PM PDT
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A shorter episode this time. We reflect on the best lessons we learnt from the London Screenwriters Festival and urge you to come along. We ask what you want us to cover. And we plug three things.

1 - Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, our feature which premieres at the London Film Festival on the 10th October.

2 - A spin off book for younger readers called Who Needs Friends Nelson Nutmeg? which is on Amazon now.

3 - A brand new book from us, full of our best tips ever called "The UK Scriptwriters Survival Handbook" - get it now on Amazon too.

Episode 48: Mark Stay
August 03, 2015 07:36 AM PDT
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The podcast is 5 years old! Danny celebrates by interviewing Mark Stay, screenwriter of UK family film Robot Overlords, and more! Recorded via Skype, so apologies for less than ideal sound.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markstay

Episode 47: Roland Moore
July 05, 2015 06:47 AM PDT
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This episode we are at the Children's Media Conference (CMC) and meet up with Roland Moore. Roland has written for Rastamouse and Peter Rabbit for children but also created the daytime drama Land Girls. Now he has a feature on the way - "2:hrs" - and we talk to him about writing for different genres and how he developed his career.

More about Roland - http://www.rolandmoore.tv

More about 2:hrs - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2-hrs#/story

Episode 46: Chris Chibnall
April 30, 2015 09:08 AM PDT
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Watch out listeners! Its a super long episode as we finally managed to get hold of UK writing legend Chris Chibnall. Creator and writer of Broadchurch he also was show runner for Torchwood and has written for Doctor Who and Life on Mars. As it is a big lengthy here are some timings if you want to navigate to certain areas... 

  • 02:00 - Broadchurch was my first ever spec script
  • 14:00 - Landing a 4 season TV series early on
  • 22:00 - My first 'short' and how it happened. Watch it here - https://youtu.be/g4TDDLylSws
  • 31:00 - Changing fortunes of TV and moving between genres
  • 43:00 - Life on Mars and Torchwood
  • 54:00 - Law and Order
  • 1:01:00 - Broadchurch
  • 1:11:00 - Broadchurch Series 2
  • 1:21:00 - Broadchurch Series 3!
  • 1:23:00 - Structure and craft
Episode 45: Writing KAJAKI - with Tom Williams
March 06, 2015 07:13 AM PST
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In this episode Tim speaks to Tom Williams about writing the true life war story; Kajaki. How did he hear about the story? How did he research it? How did he translate that raw information into a tight and highly dramatic narrative?

Apols for audio quality via Skype.

Episode 44: The Survival Guide
January 28, 2015 09:05 AM PST
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We talk about our new book, out soon, that sums up everything in the podcast so far. How can you earn a living as a writer? This book, the UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide, isn't about how to write, its about how to be a writer!

Episode 43: Andrew Ellard Interview
December 18, 2014 06:50 AM PST
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This podcast we spend over an hour talking to script editor Andrew Ellard. We felt these extra length was worth the level of his insights into some of your favourite shows. Plus we couldn't shut him up. Here is how he describes himself -

"I'm a writer and script editor. I’ve worked on various shows including Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd and Miranda. I also offer (paid) rewrite notes for your script. You may know me from Twitter (@ellardent) having seen my opinion/review #tweetnotes."

We recorded this at the Royal Festival Hall, so you get free background music with this one.

Lastly, Merry Christmas and hope 2015 is a good one for your writing projects.

Episode 42: Structure
November 06, 2014 02:00 PM PST
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Structure - the most important skill of a writer or the basis for generic and boring stories? Danny talks about the '5 act pixar poker idea' and Tim talks up non-linear structures.

Episode 41: Writing and making a feature
September 15, 2014 12:32 PM PDT
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Tim and Danny take a break from shooting their own feature to discuss how writers can use their skills on set.

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