UK: BBC Writersroom – the BBC’s department for developing and nurturing new writing talent – has released a podcast series, Inside The Writersroom. The new podcast series offers of up-close-and-personal interviews with the UK’s most brilliant writing talent.
It features up-close-and-personal long-form interviews with some of the UK’s leading television drama writers, including Jed Mercurio (Line Of Duty, Bodies), Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax), Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This Is England), Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, The Witness For The Prosecution), Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling) and Marlon Smith & Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan (Run, New Blood).
Recorded inside the room where they write, each writer is asked the same 20 questions by BBC Writersroom’s Abigail Gonda, laying bare their habits, habitats and stories of disappointment and success. These podcasts give a unique insight into the process of some of the country’s most brilliant writers.
Over six fascinating conversations, Jed Mercurio gives advice on how to become a showrunner; Sally Wainwright reveals what inspired her to write; Sarah Phelps talks about adapting Agatha Christie and JK Rowling; Jack Thorne talks about his time on Skins and how important shows like this are for nurturing the next generation of drama writers; Dennis Kelly tells how a chance meeting in a pub with Sharon Horgan lead to Pulling; and Daniel Fajemisin Duncan and Marlon Smith on advise how to remain friends in a creative partnership.