Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Sharps and Stuff

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited into the hidden depths of Kent to meet up with the ten talented individuals who won the BBC's recent Sharps initiative. They're on their week-long residential course learning about all things teledramatic. Ceri Meyrick was giving a presentation on continuing drama and the Academy, and I got wheeled out as "and here's one we made earlier."

I'm afraid I didn't get a chance to read any of their work, but all you disappointed Sharps-applicants out there can take some small comfort from the thought that you were beaten by some very nice people.

Back in Walford, my script is about to turn "white", which means that the whole team is about to get their hands on my attempts at half an hour of life on The Square. They start shooting it in a fortnight's time and it hits the screen on 27 October. Put it in your diary.

... along with 14 January, which is the transmission date for my next Doctors ep - "Widow-To-Be". This was the script I wrote before Christmas as part of the Academy training. I hadn't looked at it since then, so it was a fairly surreal exercise last week to get notes on it from my script editor, who actually seemed to know the text better than I did.

Holby next. I have a commissioning meeting on 1 September. After my Casualty experience, I confess that I'm a bit nervous. But EastEnders went well, so I'm not totally crap. If anyone has any interesting hospital experiences that might segue nicely into an episode of Holby City, please drop me a line.


John said...

Ooooh, I wish I was doing that Sharps week! But then I've recently got quite a lot of feedback on my script and I know it needs a lot more work, so...

I wondered if I could bend your ear about TAPS, Paul. I've just got onto the Continuing Drama course (weee-heeey!) and know you did a TAPS course. Any advice? If you've got the time, I'd love to have a chat about it. I know you're a busy guy, though, so... let me know.

Glad EastEnders went well. Love to see the ep!

Paul Campbell said...

No problem, John.

Drop me an e-mail with your phone number and I'll give you a bell.

I'm at paul dot campbell 4 at btinternet dot com

Anonymous said...

Interesting hospital episode?

Well....I was having carpal tunnel surgery. Both hands at the same time. It's a "walk-in" surgery, done under local anaesthetic. Somebody in green set me up, gave me the injections so they'd take effect by the time the surgical team was ready for me....right.

It wore off faster than they'd planned...I can tell you it's a very surreal experience to feel the constricting band inside your own wrist that you didn't realise was even there - suddenly release.

I said "Oh, WOW - that feels so weird!"

Poor surgeons...I kept telling them it didn't hurt...

Hope it helps.


Anonymous said...

Ahh, I wanted you to blog a bit more about your EastEnders writing experience! Can sort of understand why you wouldn't though. Probably didn't do Bob Ritchie any favours in the longterm.

Eastenders fan said...

Blog about Eastenders more.
I love Eastenders and it is on top form at the moment!
Great stuff