Category: About Writing

  • Milton

    I always find it fascinating that some of the more outlandish characters to hit our screens usually have a seed in real life (c.f The League Of Gentlemen). That’s the case with Milton from Office Space. And also Boomhauer from King Of The Hill.

  • Writing Lessons To Be Learned From The Wrong Guy
    Writing Lessons To Be Learned From The Wrong Guy

    Last night I watched the Dave Foley film The Wrong Guy, which is well worth your time. I want to talk in particular about this scene though. This made me piss giggles, and it’s a great lesson for writers, and writers of comedy. First, it’s always more interesting when minor characters provide an obstacle, and…

  • I Am A Fish 400 Times
    I Am A Fish 400 Times

    I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but there’s a lot of proto Red Dwarf in Grant & Naylor’s Radio 4 sketch shows Cliche and Son Of Cliche. If you want to hear the genesis and development of Hol Rock, have a listen if you can. It’s always fascinating. Today though, let’s look at a…

  • Attacks Of Opinion
    Attacks Of Opinion

    Here are a few snippets from an interview with Terry Jones, made for The English Programme, in which he talks about writing a weekly newspaper column. It’s out of print now, but the collection of some of those columns, Attacks Of Opinion was published in 1988.

  • What Your Procrastination Is Telling You
    What Your Procrastination Is Telling You

    Like all of these things, I can only speak from personal experience, and the fact that I’m writing a blog about procrastination tells you I should actually be writing a script. But I’m not. I’m procrastinating. A long time ago – like 30 years or something – I used to misuse that word. I used…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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