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Broadcaster: BBC2 Wales
Year: 2012
Genre: Documentary
URL: http://bobnational.net/record/102441

Review by Lisa Smalley

Students of creative writing modules will find this episode on screen-writing very helpful.  The writers, directors and actors of ‘Eastenders’ give ideas and advice on creating a successful script under the headings of:

  • How to write a story
  • Know your world
  • Know your character
  • Writing a great script
  • Getting into the industry.

As the title of the episode suggests, the focus is around the ‘Eastenders” and ‘E20’ story lines and the method of character creation (‘character is story, character is action’), and applying that onto a script alongside other established characters.

A video diary from ‘Eastenders’ writer, Daisy Coulam gives  an interesting insight into the process of being a professional screen writer, showing time frames, potential issues and even giving personal motivation techniques to keep the creative juices flowing.

Essentially this episode is full of professionals giving great advice to anyone interested in developing their screen writing skills, with ideas on authenticity of dialogue and language to discovering a character’s individual voice.