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Episode 54: Will Smith, writing comedy and novels
April 11, 2016 01:21 AM PDT
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You may see Will Smith's photo and know you've seen him somewhere. He's acted in the Thick Of It, Paddington and with 'Harry and Paul'. But in this podcast episode we delve, of course, into his career as a writer. Writing on Time Trumpet, Veep, Omid Djalili as well as for The Thick Of It too. How did he get started? And how did that all lead to his latest project, a non-comedy novel called "Mainlander"?

This episode has a guest interviewer, Jan Caston, as she managed to bump into Will in Jersey and nabbed him!

Episode 53: An archive of our live episode!
March 01, 2016 04:02 AM PST
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We did a special LIVE version of the podcast on TwitCast and Periscope. This is an archive of that. So when you hear us answering questions, these are comments and notes sent in via that those apps.

Episode 52: Tony Jordan
January 19, 2016 03:01 AM PST
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Tony talks about being a writer / producer and taking control of your own career. He also discusses the Red Planet prize and why he continues to support it. And of course we chat about writing; Life on Mars, Dickensian and Moving Wallpaper.

Episode 51: From fan to writer, Mad Max:Fury Road
January 12, 2016 06:12 AM PST
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Do not listen to this podcast if you have not seen the new Mad Max and you intent to soon.

In this episode we talk to one of the co-writers of Mad Max: Fury Road - Brendan McCarthy. Brendan is not your typical writer, he is an artist and designer too. He tells stories through pictures - which is what films, especially action films, should be. We cover...

* How Brendan moved from being a fan of the early Mad Max films into working on the new one
* Why Fury Road took 17 years to make
* What happened when Mel Gibson was no longer attached and how that impacts upon the story
* The 'weight' that actors bring to the story
* How working on comics and design fed into films
* How he doesn't fit into a convenient box meaning some people struggle on how to 'sell him'

See more from Brendan at - http://artbrendan.com

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.

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