10 December, 2008

Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe - Writers Special

Screenwipe has always been good but now Brooker has made, arguably, the best TV show about writing ever; it's essential viewing for all new writers.

To quote Laura:

"Instead of the usual half hour of different subjects, this 50 minute episode was dedicated to TV writing, and the wonderful Charlie interviewed some very notable guests: Russell T Davies, Tony Jordan, Graham Linehan, Paul Abbott, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. (No ladies, sadly.)

They talk about their own writing processes and it's interesting to see the differences in the way they write and approach a screenplay. For some, outlining is imperative, for others it's not important. Some can't write without exactly the right characters, for others the characters simply pop into their head, fully formed."

It stopped being available on iPlayer last night, unless you've downloaded it, in which case you get to keep it for 30 days.

Luckily, it's still available on YouTube for ever.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


missread said...

Brilliant! I'll definitely be watching it again, then. Did you enjoy it Robin?

Gareth Michael Turpie said...

Thanks Robin. I missed both it's transmission & iplayer slot!

Brilliant show. Lots of hints, tips & insights and now I know Tony J is just like me...

...all the cuppas he needs to get going I mean...

Robin Kelly said...

Laura, yes, it was practical and inspiring

Sheiky, good gag but Tony J was just like us years ago, that's what I got from the show.

Anonymous said...

I very much enjoyed the interviews with the writers of The IT Crowd and Peep Show, they gave interesting insights into sitcom writing. But I suppose its hard taking RTD's advice seriously if you can't stand his work.

I wish they had included an American TV writer or two -- it would have been fun to compare and contrast.