Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Waiting for Gordon

                                                                               (Copyright BBC)
One for the fans of Samuel Beckett.  Not guaranteed to make a great deal of sense to anyone else.
 Ayesha wakes up with Sid but during the day finds his attention too much. Howard feels inspired after meeting an old friend.  Heston has the strangest of days after a sleepless night reading Waiting for Godot.

Confession time.  There is one line in this episode that is not mine.  And it's not Samuel Beckett's either.  I wrote it, and then realised that my subconscious brain had nipped back in time 30 years and stolen the line from Paul Crosland, the famous playwright.  It is used here with kind permission from the original genius.  Spot the line if you can.

I haven't seen this one yet - no advance copy.  So, I'll be watching it live, and probably wondering what on earth I was on at the time I wrote it!

Thursday afternoon, if you've nothing better to do.  And for a month or so thereafter on the iPlayer.

Monday, 4 May 2015


Though it may not seem like it to you, I haven't actually had a Doctors episode for quite a long time.  This one's coming up on Wednesday 6th May, and it'll be followed by several more on a fairly regular basis thereafter.

Anyway, this one's called "Aftermath."

                                                                                            Copyright BBC

Al manages to track down Jimmi and confront him, while Sid has an easier day of it. Ayesha deals with a single mother struggling with a new baby and uncovers a dark secret.

A bit darker than my usual offering.  I haven't actually seen it yet, so I shall be sitting down with a cup of tea and biscuit on Wednesday along with anyone else who cares to tune in.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sir Charles Hood: "Star of Bethlehem"

I've been doing a lot of research, off and on, over the last few years (much of it paid for by the lovely Wellcome Trust).  I'm slowly putting together a proposal for a TV drama series based in Bethlem Hospital in the 1850's and 60's, so I've been digging around in the Hospital archives.  Need to find someone to buy it, of course, but that's a different battle.

Anyway, slightly to my surprise, I've been invited to give a little talk on the stuff I found out.  It's at the new Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham (which is well worth a visit even without the added attraction of a talk by yours truly).

I'll be talking about him, up there.   He's Sir Charles Hood - Resident Physician at Bethlem in the 1850s.  And he's a bit of a Star.

So, if you're in my part of the world on Saturday 25th April...

Details here...


Monday, 8 December 2014

Doctors - The Girl Upstairs

Copyright BBC
Another episode of Doctors coming up (today, in fact).  In just a few hours.
I normally post the episode description off the BBC website, but I refuse to post this one on account of the spoilers! 
But I do happen to think this is one my better eps, and it's been nicely made.  Lots of fun with the Regulars, and a nice little Story of the Day for the wonderful Valerie and Barry - the Dream Team.
Enjoy.  Today (Monday 8 Dec) at 13:45 on BBC1, and for simply ages thereafter on iPlayer.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


copyright BBC
Linda faces an extremely tough decision, but can she confide in Mick?
Kat starts to regain her confidence and goes for a drink with Stacey, but returns home to some shocking news.
Carol pays a visit to Dot's house and is horrified to discover the truth.
Another 'Enders for you.
Tuesday 11th November, 19:30. BBC1.  And now you have a whole month to catch up on iPlayer if you miss it.