Monday, May 18, 2009

EastEnders, 8pm tonight!



If you're stumbling across this blog for the very first time, you may not be aware that tonight sees my debut as a writer on EastEnders. Get in! Very pleased and excited about this, for lots of reasons, not least because it's so difficult to get the opportunity to write for the show, let alone nab a commission.

In fact, it was this time last year they offered me a commission after my second trial script was a success (my first trial attempt in 2006 led to a rejection, harumph). I officially got the nod for the actual commission last December and finished writing the script in February.

I've called my episode "Taking Control". Nick turns the screw on Billy; Jean tries to get through to Stacey; Bradley won't take 'no' lying down, and Libby plays matchmaker between Chelsea & Theo.

If you're a fan of the series, I hope the episode lives up to your expectations. If you're not a regular viewer, then I urge you to check it out anyway, and you can laugh at my efforts (um, in a good way?), or applaud them, should it make a suitable impression. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and had a lot of fun writing the script.

Hope you enjoy it!

Preview clip & catch ups HERE.

24 comments:

Splinter073 said...

Looking forward to it! I'm a fan anyway, but love watching it when I know who the writer is! Watched Paul Campbell's last month, which was brilliant!

Hope you're having yourself an 'enders party!! :)

Sally A said...

Danny,

Have a ball tonight - we'll be checking it out in this house!

Sally x

berns said...

Woo hoo, can't wait! I can't check out the preview so even more exicted.

Berns x

drettworlb said...

Congrats Danny

Paul Campbell said...

Enjoy the moment! Savour it.

Sofluid said...

I don't tune in much to Eastenders these days, but will definitely be tuning in tonight to show my support for you and to see what you've cooked up for the characters! Very exciting! :)

Antonia said...

I'm a big fan and will be watching.

Jez Freedman said...

looking forward to the drums...

Anonymous said...

Just how vulgar would it be to ask how much you get paid for writing an 'enders script?

David Lemon said...

Fab newsand well deserved!

Danny Stack said...

Thanks, everyone!

Anon: here are the basic fees (Writers' Guild rates) you can expect as a newbie writing for one of the Beeb's shows (not including residuals). If you have previous credits, it'll probably be a bit more, or your agent will negotiate higher.

Doctors (30') £3142
EastEnders (30') £3142
Casualty (50') £6,161
Holby (60') £7393

Paul McIntyre said...

I'm really excited Danny - looking forward to seeing what you'll do to my favourite show - no doubt it will be wonderful.

Any chance of a guide to the 'Enders scripting process once all the fun is over?

SHEIKSPEAR said...

Congrats & well deserved Danny. You've worked hard for it. I'm sure it will be great!

Paul McIntyre said...

Lovely stuff - Jean thinking Syd was a man made me laugh. Good work sir!

Antonia said...

Great stuff! Lots of good story in there. I hate Nick!

Splinter073 said...

Brilliant! Agree with Antonia, Nick seemed particulaly "nasty" in this episode! Lots of nice scenes in there!

Have they commissioned any more from you?

P.S. Apologies for deleted comment above ^ Made a typo! Whoops!

terraling said...

Good stuff Danny, hearty congratulations. It looks like it was a fun episode to write, especially the Nick stuff, it was funny seeing your name up there on the screen...

Paul Campbell said...

A class act. More to follow, methinks.

sam morrison said...

Well done Danny! Thank God we didn't ransom Diedrick Santer for a commission after all.

davidmelkevik said...

Definitely one of the best episodes I've seen in ages. Great job Danny.

Piers said...

Lovely work.

Sofluid said...

I really enjoyed it!

Loved the interaction between the characters, especially Jean and Stacey!

Also loved little Dotty's involvement - she's feeling guilty! nearly had a tear to my eye...

:)

Whatcha gonna do withmoran's pic of your credit? Frame it? I would! :D

potdoll said...

yay SMOOOTH! xx

DS said...

I don't like Eastenders, mainly because it's so depressing, but this one got me interested! Excellent writing.