Shooting in the dark.
I wrote for the original East Enders, way back before the body count, Des and Angie time, then early Casualty in fact story-lined and characterised Series 3 but this can be a frustrating medium with many frustrated people. Script editors like the late Tony Holland are worth their weight in gold but there is always the danger of too many fingers in the pie. Once you have it in the oven – guard the door. Nothing flattens a pie like a cold draught.
Key episode when Michelle married Lofty.
Series 2 and 3. Charlie, a young dude then.
Original 30min film for Television starring Andrew Keir for BBC Scotland directed by David Blair.
“As one man plays go on television, this was one of the best.”
“This play ought to be repeated so that those who missed it may share in its pain and nobility. It was almost unbearably moving.”
75 min play for BBC2, with Frank Finlay and Richard E. Grant as Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.
“David Ashton’s screenplay has Sir Arthur Conan Doyle being confronted by the ghost of Sherlock Holmes and accused of a triple betrayal. A clever idea which allows Ashton to explore a number of themes and link them into a coherent drama.”
4 episodes series 2, for Feelgood Fiction/BBC.
2 episodes. BBC. Directed by Martyn Friend.
“Time to go”. One 90min episode, series 3, BBC 1. The first original script, not based on the books.
90 min episode, fictional series about the young Conan Doyle and Dr Joseph Bell, the man who inspired Sherlock Holmes. BBC 1.
Series in development for Neil Zeiger/Alan Molony productions, starring Brian Cox.
Television series in development. Originally commissioned by Wall to Wall prod.
Television series in development.