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UK Scriptwriters

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The last time we chatted to Justin it was episode 63, way back in July 2017. What the heck has he been up to? Let's find out. When last we spoke he was working on a second feature film and a new series. Spoiler alert: one happened and one colla
This episode we speak to Hayley McKenzie from Script Angel about everything to do with development. What is the role of a script editor? How can they help? Can they help you? What mistakes does Hayley see from new writers? Find out more about
We've know Debs for years, starting our careers at around the same time - but with different paths and a different journey. She was a Screen International "Star of Tomorrow" and has won numerous awards for her shorts and features. She shares th
Andrew Walsh is one of the UK's busiest games writers having been involved since the early days of narrative design. A great speaker, who is a champion for games writers, especially via the WGGB. We ask him about the changes he has seen in the
In this episode we have a 'zoom' chat (it's all the rage) with Paul Pimenta. Paul didn't even start out wanting to be a scriptwriter! Now he is in LA, writing many episodes of TV, and has an agent. How did that happen? And is it a good move to
Where the heck have we been - again? We've been playing with dogs, that's what! In this 'old school' style episode we talk about how we got our children's TV series off the ground, called DOG YEARS. And we discuss how we ran our writers room.*
This episode is a bit different in that it was recorded live at Writeidea Festival in Whitechapel, London in 2019. It's a fantastic FREE festival about all facets of writing. And we flew the flag for scriptwriting. Very much a Q&A session it co
In this bonus podcast Jan Caston grabs a chat with BBC light entertainment radio and TV legend Martin Fisher. In an overview of his career he talks about the early writing rooms, how radio can be a big break and also about changes to the biz.
Where the hell have we been? Why dear listener, we've been making our second feature, called Future TX. A sci fi adventure movie for all the family. How did we make it? When did it get off the ground? Who's in it? And why did we do it? All are
In this extra special edition, Jan Caston interviews TV comedy legend John Lloyd, best known for his work on programmes the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder and QI.
Something a little different in this episode of the podcast. A conversation with David Hendon. He has found a way to get his scripts made, by having them produced as plays. He talks about the proactive nature of being a playwright and how it ha
In this special edition, Jan Caston interviews TV comedy legend John Lloyd, best known for his work on programmes the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder and QI.
In this episode, Danny talks to filmmaker Nev Pierce about his transition from film journalist (Empire, Total Film etc, interviewing top directors around the world) to an emerging writer/director in his own right. Nev has made 4 short films to-
Danny talks to writer / director Justin Trefgarne who gives the most amazingly candid and detailed story of his debut feature. How it almost never happened, but was saved by a chance meeting. How it ran out of money. How his lead actor had to l
In this episode we talk about some nuts and bolts issues. How to gain more work as a writer and how to get your finances in order, so you keep your working life on the straight and narrow.NETWORKING: Some writers dread the idea of talking to ne
Is there a career ladder that writers can move up on anymore? It used to be that you would start on regular 'soaps' and then move into ongoing drama and then onto your own shows. Is that even possible anymore? Experienced TV writer and WGGB rep
This episode we talk to Joe Martin about something a bit different - documentaries. Although Joe's latest film (Us and Them) is fiction he has previously created many documentaries, including the doc feature "Keep Quiet" about far right politic
This episode we interview Peter Stanley-Ward and Natalie Conway from Treehouse Digital. A couple of writers who are also an actual couple!They made their way via a low budget horror feature into launching a production company and making fantast
This episode is in two halves. In the first half we talk about how we are extending our network, who we are meeting and what preparation we do. A nuts and bolts, down to earth summary of how we are making progress as writers. In the second half
Do you need an agent? What do they do anyway? What are YOU supposed to do anyway?There are a lot of rumours and pieces of 'good advice' around this topic. So here we bypass all that and talk direct to Danny's agent, Jean Kitson from kitsonpress
A lot of scriptwriters move into being a writer-director. This has it's own challenges when it comes to developing a script.Here we talk to two old friends of ours, Dan Pringle and Suki Singh about the journey with there respective movies.Dan's
We often get asked to feature up and coming writers and film makers in our podcast. While it is great to hear from some of the top people in the biz, if you are a beginner to scriptwriting it can seem a million miles away from where you are now
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,
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.
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.
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