I don't always agree with the man, but he has some interesting stuff to say - well worth ten minutes of your time.
And I did like this bit...
Q. For many writers the thought of going to write on a continuing drama series makes them worry they are going to lose their individuality, their voice, who they are. What would you say to that?
A. Get real. You should be so lucky. There are brilliant writers on Coronation Street, on EastEnders. I know sometimes it can look naff, but that's often down to other things. These are really good writers. If you get the chance to write something that goes out in front of eight million, nine million people, how dare you turn your nose up at that? You should give your right arm for it. I loved and hated the show I worked on. But mostly I loved it.
If you get the chance to write for a soap opera the first thing you do is fall in love with it and every single character on it. Okay hate them as well but love them and live and breathe it. Eat and sleep it. Be ever so grateful that you've got the chance to do this. Then eventually after eight, nine, ten years you might get the chance to do a single drama and that's your chance.
Not sure about the eight, nine or ten years though!