Because a lot of people seem to think that television programmes get made about a month before they're due to be screened, by someone going 'Ooh Christ, we're supposed to making a buddy cop show/thing about mismatched paleontologists/a thing that's like Star Trek only with fish' and then renting a big room and sticking a camera at a load of people larking about (well, all right, that's what I used to think), I reckoned it might be, if not exactly interesting, at least salutary, to work out just how long it takes to develop the first two scripts of, say, a teen drama series.
Also, it occurred to me that if ROCK does get commissioned, it looks like I'm whining about how long it took, and if it doesn't get commissioned, it looks like I'm... whining about how long it took. So while ROCK hangs in the weird Schrodinger's quantum thingy state of being Not Dead, but Not Exactly Alive Either, let's see just how long these things take to at least get to the point where you're seriously starting to think about what actors might be good in it.
First meeting: 5th August 2006
One-page outline commissioned: 9th September 2006
Pilot script commissioned: December 2006
Pilot script first draft completed: 7th January 2007
Pilot script fifth draft accepted: 12th December 2007
Episode 2 script commissioned: 20th March 2008
Episode 2 script draft three accepted: 20th July 2008
Pilot script and second episode sent off to BBC heads of Fiction and Serials: mid-August 2008
Pilot script and second episode okayed by BBC heads of Fiction and Serials, passed on to controller of BBC3: 20th October 2008
Final decision of whether to commission series or not: Pending.