Friday, June 12, 2009

What Guild members are getting up to

Congratulations to ALAN AYCKBOURN who won Best Revival of a Play a the 63rd Tony Awards in New York this week for his comedy The Norman Conquests.

KAREN BROWN's powerful drama, The Rain Has Stopped, part of the Moving On series originally shown on daytime TV gets an evening screening on BBC1 on Monday 15 June from 10.35 - 11.20 pm.

MARK BURTON dramatised the episode of May Contain Nuts, based on the satirical novel by JOHN O'FARRELL. It goes out on ITV1 on Thursday 18 June at 9.00 pm.

RUPERT CREED's new play 'Every Time it Rains' about the Hull 2007 floods will be premiering at Hull Truck's new theatre from Thursday June 18th to Saturday July 4th. Based on over 150 local people's flood stories and experiences, it tells the story of what happened on the day of the great deluge and the longer term impact on the community.

DAVID CROFT and JIMMY PERRY wrote Dad's Army. The episode The Recruit goes out on BBC2 on Saturday 13 June at 7.

KEVIN DYER's new play ‘The Monster Under The Bed’, a play about friendship and facing your fears is on at Polka Theatre, London SW19 from 6th June to 25th July. Info @

TIM DYNEVOR wrote the episode of Emmerdale going out on ITV1 on Tuesday 16 June at 7.00 pm.

MATTHEW EVANS wrote the episodes of EastEnders going out on BBC1 on Tuesday 16, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June at 7.30 pm.

MARTHA HILLIER wrote the episode of Holby City going out on BBC1 on Tuesday 16 June at 8.00 pm.

PETER KERRY wrote the episode of Emmerdale going out on ITV1 on Wednesday 17 June at 7.00 pm.

JONATHAN HARVEY is THRILLED that his Beautiful People won Best Comedy at the BANFF Television Festival last weekend. Bodes well for series 2... Well done, Jonathan!

STEVE HUGHES wrote the episode of Emmerdale going out on ITV1 on Friday 19 June at 7.00 pm.

LINDA M JAMES has had three books published this year: How To Write Great Screenplays. [How To Books] ISBN: 9781845283070; The Invisible Piper [Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie.] ISBN: 9781843865087; Tempting The Stars [ Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie.] ISBN: 9781843865094

How To Write Great Screenplays was published in January and is already on the reading list of a couple of Universities, is being sold at Film Festivals and has some great reviews. [An extract from it can be seen on the screenwriters' festival website]

Her two historical novels are being published this month.

More information about Linda's writing can be seen on her website

CHARLES McKEOWN co-wrote the screenplay of The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus with Terry Gilliam, which will shortly be on general release. He has also co-written, with Joe Ainsworth, the episode of New Tricks called Buried Treasure going out on BBC1 on Monday 15 June at 9.00 pm

DAVID IAN NEVILLE wrote the afternoon play, Desperate Measures, going out on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 18 June at 2.15 pm. In an old warehouse by the River Clyde Paul and Mhairi Blaze have built a successful design company. But as the downturn bites they need more than grand designs to save their business - and their relationship.

CHRIS PARKE wrote the episode of EastEnders going out on BBC1 on Monday 15 June at 8.00 pm.

TIMOTHY PRAGER wrote the episode of Robin Hood called The Enemy of My Enemy going out on BBC1 on Saturday 13 June from 6.45 to 7.30 pm. The series was created by fellow Guild member, DOMINIC MINGHELLA.

HEATHER ROBSON wrote the episode of Hollyoaks going out on Channel 4 at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 16 June.

ALISTAIR RUTHERFORD has a new full-length play, called Homecoming, in the Leith Festival. It will run from Wed 10th June to Sat 13th June, at 7.30, in South Leith Church Halls, Edinburgh. The show is being produced by BigVillage Theatre Company.

RICHARD STONEMAN wrote the episode of Doc Martin, going out on ITV1 on Friday 19th June at 9.00 pm. Louisa has some new and most annoying neigbours, while Mrs Averill, who's just moved out, decides she doesn't want to leave at all. Doc Martin, now in its third series, was created by fellow Guild member, DOMINIC MINGHELLA.

NICK WARBURTON's four-part radio play, On Mardle Fen continues on Friday 19th June at 2.15 pm on BBC Radio 4. In Episode 3, Old Boggle, chef Warwick Hedges is invited to lunch in a remote part of the Fens and discovers treasure guarded by a ghost-dog.

VICTORIA WOOD joins panellists Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor for the return of the famous antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, with Stephen Fry in the Chair. The new series begins on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 15th June and repeated on Sunday morning 21st June at 12.04 pm.

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