holby city

I have just finished a busy weekend up in the freezing North - the glorious grandeur of Edinburgh to be exact - teaching a talented, creative bunch of would be television and feature writers how to story line a long form drama for the screen. This...

I am fresh back from an amazing time at The London Screenwriter’s Festival, where I did four things of note: 1/ Run my session ‘Sizzle and Substance’with Bafta winning writer and show-runner Barbara Machin and Series Producer of Holby City Simon Harper, about how to navigate...

     You have been writing for a while now;  honing your craft;  you are serious about being  a professional writer, one who gets paid for the scripts they produce and you have decided you want to be a Television Writer and As Soon As Possible. There are doors...

There is nothing as frustrating as those times when, in the story lining process, a meaty, potentially dramatic and resonant storyline is not plotted to the fullest extent of it’s potential, and so what the writer ultimately writes in the script, and what the viewers...

I am guest blogging about what the ways in which a Soap, or Series, if failing can be fixed. What the Producers must do to get the sick show back on track. Here, on the TV Review and discussion site; The Custard TV http://www.thecustardtv.com/2013/09/why-soaps-fail-look-from-inside.html...

On my writer's group page Script Advice Writers Room the fabulous Lucy V Hay of www.bang2write.com and I coined a word for what script editors/writers who are also mothers do every day as we balance the juggle of the writing bit with the muddle of...

I've been helping writers via SCRIPT ADVICE since 2007 and it feels the right time now to collate the most oft-made mistakes I see in scripts and hope you find the don'ts useful to know and the do's easy to apply to your own writing. WOOLLY...

I started in television in 1990 when the world was analogue not digital and mobile phones were Bengal Tiger rare. The only ones I regularly saw were those used by the film crew on location to keep in touch with the production base and they...

Holby City 1999. I had been asked by Mal Young (Head of Series drama at BBC1) to produce the second series of this critically acclaimed medical drama. The first series had not been the ratings success the BBC were looking for to cement it's place...

I cut my drama teeth on Eastenders. This fact made two things true about me: 1/ That I thrive on pressure 2/ That I like making stories happen. To continue in a symetrical vein, this show also made me very good at two things in particular regarding the knotty...