Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 14:05, BBC1

9 comments:

Oli said...

Shall be taping it!

David Bishop said...

That was good fun, and a nice departure for Doctors. Shame everyone in the B&W sequences didn't use an American accent, to help maintain the illusion. Anyway, well done you!

Liz Holliday said...

Nice job! Just goes to show how far you can push the boundaries - with the right idea, properly done. (I have to agree with David about the accents, though - they should either have got them right or done without, or maybe used period English accents.)

Paul Campbell said...

Thanks Guys.

I know what you mean about the accents. They were a bit of a compromise. My fault, I guess. I didn't really expect them to go for it in quite the way they did - I suggested black and white photography with a nod to The Maltese Falcon and perhaps a mid-Atlantic twang to go with the dialogue. But then they pulled out all the stops and put in in period etc. So, maybe Nick should have gone for a full-blown Bogart impression. I'd have been up for that.

Helen Smith said...

It was really good - very enjoyable. I loved the way they went for it with the props, set, lighting; the light through the blinds in the office etc. It looked like they really enjoyed making it. Neat idea - well done for getting it on.

Stuart Perry said...

Lovely stuff, Paul. Well done! Regarding the accents: I can see kinda see why (presumably) the director made the decision to have the Mill characters talk as themselves, as they were being woven into a world where they were the only real characters, if you see what I mean. But it was the only thing that jarred even slightly (and I'd got used to it by the end). Everything else - including your wonderful dialogue - was right on the money.

I suppose this is a lesson learnt: you'll have to be much more specific in the script for your silent German expressionist episode of Holby City! ;-)

Liz Holliday said...

The other thing I meant to say - having Nick as the storyteller was a brilliant choice. It gave the whole thing much more depth. Did you know about the wheelchair storyline when you pitched?

Paul Campbell said...

Hi Liz.

No. I pitched the concept as "Nick West P.I." and they liked it. But they came straight back to me saying that he was going to be in a wheelchair by then. That's when I went for the fantasy element, rather than having Nick actually getting involved in some kind of caper.

Oli said...

Finally watched your episode at the weekend, and was glad I did. Aside from being lots of fun, the noir elements worked surprisingly well on what must have been a very tight budget (I assume). Well done to you, and to all the crew.