"I worked for a while as a reader in the BBC's Script Unit, working my way through unsolicited plays (of which hundreds arrived every week). More than anything else, I wanted to open a manuscript and find a gripping, entertaining, well-crafted piece of work. And the people above me, the commissioning editors and the producers, wanted the same thing. The sadness is that it hardly ever happened. Most of what's submitted is *awful*. And scripts that were good often ruled themselves out on the grounds of their content, their subject-matter, their language. I must have read well over a thousand plays in my spell in the Unit. I think *three* of them finally got bought and made."