I've currently got a teen drama series, set in Cornwall, in development with the BBC, and am waiting to hear if a series is going to be commissioned or not. Last night, ITV premiered 'Moving Wallpaper' and 'Echo Beach', their double comedy/drama thing set behind the scenes/in front of the camera of a teen drama series set in Cornwall. Obviously I sat, quivering with worry, a notebook on my lap poised to make notes on every detail.
No I didn't, I forgot, and was playing Warcraft while trying to stop the cat eating my Tate St. Ives carrier bag (the sort of local colour and detail that only someone who actually grew up in Cornwall would think to add, please note BBC) until Agent Matt texted me halfway through Echo Beach, the rest of which I watched exchanging texts with aforementioned agent, which might be the most showbiz thing I've ever done in my life, it was brilliant. Anyway, it turns out the only thing it has in common with my pilot script was:
a) it has teens in it, and
b) it's set in Cornwall.
So I think it's okay, although who knows how the minds of senior commissioners at the BBC work?*
(if I'd remembered, I would of course have watched via the guardian liveblog, sorry Anna)
ALSO: I do have one small note for 'Echo Beach', which is that having been to a number of Cornish beach parties in my teenage years, I can say with full confidence: they don't start until dark, no-one dances, and people tend to wear more layers. In fact, standard procedure is to wrap up in big holey jumpers and sit glumly round a beach fire made from burning tyres, swigging Thunderbird, while a tinny stereo plays the whole of The Cure's 'Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me' album in the background. But perhaps things have moved on.
ALSO: when I arranged events and interviews and stuff at Waterstone's in Canterbury, I tried to warn Dennis Waterman about Martine McCutcheon. I'd done a Q&A with him about his new autobiography, and at the end, asked him what he was going to do next.
'I'm going to be in a musical with that Martine McCutcheon', Dennis said.
'Ooooh', I said, worriedly.
'I'm very much looking forward to it', said Dennis.
'Hmmm', I said.
And aficionados of musical theatre will know that I was Quite Right. Although these days I'm sure she's a delight to work with, allegedly, etc etc. Maybe that was the most showbiz thing I've ever done in my life? Oh, I can't keep track
* The answer, if they're reading this is 'with great insight and professionalism at all times actually, creep creep'.
UPDATE: ooh, five million viewers! Not too shabby.