Earlier this year I said I was getting fed up with low-budget movies and wanted to try and get more TV work. Well, so far, I haven’t.
(The Wrong Door doesn’t count because I did all the writing for that last year.)
A while back, after voicing this opinion (the one about wanting to write for TV, not the one about The Wrong Door) someone asked me which shows I’d like to write for:
“Well, there’s Doctor Who, obviously, and … um … hmm.”
The truth is: I don’t watch that much telly. I don’t really have the time and a lot of the stuff I manage to catch, I don’t like.
I’m not a big fan of soaps, for two reasons:
- I don’t watch them regularly and find them difficult to drop into. Because the stories run over many, many weeks – if you don’t know who the characters are then it’s hard to get excited about a tiny fraction of a scene from the middle of the story.
- I’m not a big fan of reality on TV. I like my entertainment to be quite far removed from reality. That’s not to say it shouldn’t be dramatic and have human issues at the heart – but I like there to be some element to it which is a bit fantastical. Most of the stuff I see in soaps has happened to me or one of my friends and it wasn’t particularly entertaining at the time.
I’m not passing judgement on the quality or value of these shows – they just don’t really interest me. Reason two also applies to most cops and docs shows. Although I have other issues with hospital dramas – mainly the whole business of creating characters just so you can maim them and have a doctor show compassion for them. It all seems a little cruel.
Mandy loves Casualty and Holby and such like; and on the rare occasion I stay in the room when they’re on I keep thinking about how the writer came up with the storylines:
“Let’s have a little girl who loves to dance and wants to be a ballerina.”
“Yeah, and … ?”
“And then lets run her over with a train and have to amputate her legs.”
“Brilliant! You’re a fucking genius! I love it! Maim that happy little bitch”
Nah, not for me.
So what do I want to write for, seeing a I’ve ruled out just about everything on TV?
I still don’t really know. Although, I have to say I caught an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures the other day and I thought it was brilliant. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be making a vague effort to watch more.
So that makes the list:
The Sarah Jane Adventures
And that’s it so far.
Pathetic, isn’t it? Must try harder.