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Persona is a daily, 3 minute soap opera created exclusively for Smart Phones. It’s the first in the UK, possibly the world – although some people say Japan have had these for ages, so probably not.

You download a completely free app and get 3 minutes of top-notch drama delivered right to your phone.

I didn’t want to get involved in this, but somehow found myself dragged in as a consultant, then as a script editor and ultimately as the Lead Writer. I’m still not really sure how that happened.

I co-created the format, hired most of the writers and oversaw the scripts for the first six seasons as well as writing a number of the stories myself.

I don’t know what people think of Persona, but I’m quite proud of it. I’m particularly proud of being able to give some really talented writers their first produced writing credit. It was lovely working with people who are so obviously destined for greatness.

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The WOW Life was going to be one of the first proper web series. A daily, ten minutes offering of office-based sitcom/drama larks and adventures. Aimed mostly at women … for reasons I can’t quite remember; it was meant to have broadcast back in 2007 … but it didn’t.

I’m not really sure what happened. All I can remember is it was a lot of fun to write, primarily because it was just me and a few lovely writers locked in the production offices every weekend for the best part of a year.

I ended up as Lead Writer for the show, I think largely based on punctuality and attendance. We plotted out eleven weeks worth of stories, scripted four weeks worth and filmed one … then it all fell apart. I have the first three episodes in a badly edited form somewhere; but sadly, that’s all that remains of a really fun time of my life. Oh well, that’s just the way it goes.

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