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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Podcast Episode 50: James Cary, the sitcom geek!

James Cary was the creator of the radio sitcoms "Think the Unthinkable" and "Hut 33" and was lead writer on the sketch show, "Concrete Cow". For TV, he has written for "My Hero", "My Family" and "Miranda". More recently he co-wrote the BBC Three series "Bluestone 42" with Richard Hurst.

Online you can find James podcasting, blogging and tweeting as SitcomGeek. He has a book out too if you are keen to get into sitcoms called Writing That Sitcom

We talk to him about comedy, about writing material for others and about getting your own show off the ground. And also about the differences between radio and television.

And also, a special thanks from me to those people who emailed in after the previous episode with ideas and general positive vibes. We appreciate it and will be using your ideas over the coming episodes.

Some links while we are all here having a nice time:

Friday, October 16, 2015


AT LAST! Its the book of the podcast - with even more great advice! Myself and Danny finally sorted it out, and its now live on Amazon for sale in time for Christmas, like the couple of mercenaries that we are! See below for our pitch video and the blurb.

Want to get out there and start earning a living as a writer? Sure, we all have dreams of selling a script for big bucks. But what can we do while we wait for that to happen? How do we give up the day job and be a working writer? That's what this book covers.

Myself and Danny Stack have been blogging for 10 years and podcasting for 5 years. And we've taken the best bits from all of that content and jammed into 226 pages of goodness. And its not just our advice, we have quotes and tips from dozens of top writers, producers and media folk from around the world. Plus a great foreword from British TV writing legend Tony Jordan (Hustle, Life on Mars)

This book gives the lowdown on...
  • How to get into TV
  • 6 writing jobs you've probably overlooked
  • Hidden opportunities that are out there right now
  • How to successfully pitch... yourself!
  • Making your own content, today - don't wait from a green light, make it happen
  • How and where to network
  • What to charge (yes, the money question tackled head on)
  • How to get an agent - or not

Monday, October 05, 2015

Podcast Episode 49: 3 things from us - and a question for you

A shorter episode this time.
We reflect on the best lessons we have learnt from the London Screenwriters Festival and urge you to come along. We'll be giving a talk once more this year. 
We also ask what you want us to cover? Let us know via or via twitter or Facebook.
And then we plug three things.
1 - Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, our debut feature film which premieres at the London Film Festival on the 10th October. 
2 - A spin off book for younger readers called "Who Needs Friends Nelson Nutmeg?" which is on Amazon now.
3 - A brand new book from us, full of our best tips ever called "The UK Scriptwriters Survival Handbook" - get it now on Amazon too.

UK scriptwriters survival handbook