Wednesday, 13 July 2022

A Story With Your Breakfast


My novelist alter ego, Paul C. Mercer, is publishing a standalone chapter from his/our/my work-in-progress over the course of seven days next week.

We'd love it if you signed up to his Readers' Club to get all seven instalments delivered each morning in time for breakfast. You can sign up for free here... Summer Reading 

Or you can read each instalment as it comes out on the website at...

Pass the marmalade, would you?


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Karen spends time with Valerie to help get her through the evening, while Jimmi and Maeve encounter problems with the fuse box at Sutton Vale. And Emma goes on a flight of fancy when examining two men, but gets it all wrong.

Oops. I forgot to mention this one, which went out back in May. But it's still available on iPlayer, and will be so for about a year.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

A New Direction...

For a while now, I've been dallying with the idea of writing something other than screenplays. 

In particular, I've been playing with the idea of a novel. I've got started, and I've created a platform to go with it, and a new name (for a new side to my writing).

I'll still be screenwriting, of course. But now my alter ego, Paul C. Mercer, will be working away alongside me on his first novel which, when finished in several years' time, might look something like this...

In the meantime, if you enjoy books and reading, you might like to follow my journey towards publication. I've set up a website with all the details, and you can sign up for regular newsletters and even get a free copy of one of the opening chapters.

It's all here, at Paul and I would love to have you visit.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Double Your Usual Dose

Doctors is getting an extra broadcast in the evenings from Monday 7 March 2022. 

As well as the usual 13:45 transmission on BBC1, each episode will now be repeated on BBC2 at 19:00. Everyone at Letherbridge Central is very excited by the prospect. In fact, I'm astonished it's not got more coverage in the Press - maybe there's other stuff going on at the moment.

My latest episode isn't quite the first to be broadcast in this prestigious primetime slot, but it's not far off. Keep an eye out for...

There For You

Thursday 10 March 2022. BBC1 @ 13:45 and BBC2 @ 19:00. And on iPlayer for about a year thereafter.

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Emma wants to have a quiet birthday, but The Mill gang have other ideas - ideas that could end in disaster. Luca is urgently called to Winnie's bedside.

Oh, My Poor Neglected Blog!

 Apologies to all my regular readers, all three of you.

I have no excuse, but I'll lay the blame on COVID because it's to blame for most things these days. I have not blogged since way back in the mists of July 2021, and I've had three episodes of Doctors broadcast since then. Thankfully, the magic of iPlayer means that you can still catch up (I know you want to).

So, in the order in which they were broadcast, we had...

The Inspector

Broadcast 14 September 2021

Emma thinks a potential witness could be of benefit to Rob, and Al winds Ruhma up. Bear visits another GP surgery and gets stuck there longer than he anticipated.


Broadcast 4 November 2021

Now everyone knows Valerie's plan, can she handle how The Mill reacts? Daniel saves the day as he takes on litter man in his World Warrior outfit.


After the Fall 

Broadcast 19 January 2022

A young man has died in a senseless accident at home. A father grieves. But is it all as it seems? When Sid arrives to help, can he handle what he uncovers?


All Photos copyright BBC