Friday, December 05, 2008

There's Stephen

In this week's edition of BBC Four's Screenwipe Charlie Brooker meets a host of television writers and discusses with them the writing process. One of his guests is Russell T Davies who offers his own insight into the writing world, and uses his current work on the Torchwood series 3 scripts as example - like how he'll create a new character and just plck the name Stephen out of the air and call him that; there's no wasting time trying to come up with a name that fits.

Other writers interviewed on the show include the acclaimed Paul Abbott (Coronation Street, Shameless, and State of Play), Tony Jordan (Eastenders, Life on Mars, and Hustle), Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain (Peep Show) and Graham Lineham (Father Ted, The I.T Crowd) - all of whom offer their own experiences and advice.

It's a fascinating insight, and one that I'd highly recommend to anybody interested in writing as a career. It's available to watch on BBC iPlayer until next Wednesday - or you can find repeats on BBC Four over the course of the weekend.
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