Friday, February 12, 2010
Grime City P.D.
My regular co-writer Sam Morrison is a busy beaver, as ever, currently weaving his magic on a new project called Grime City P.D. It's the colourful successor to Sam's Rocket Science, a black and white spoof of 1950s noir and B movies (runner-up for Best Comedy at the British Animation Awards 2008). From the short, it was clear that there was huge potential in the idea, especially the gruff, politically incorrect lead character, Captain Jack Hersey.
So, the only logical conclusion was to develop Rocket Science further, and make an eleven minute pilot, renaming it Grime City P.D. in the process. Based at a backwater police station in the USA, the show centres on xenophobic paranoiac Jack Hersey and his cohorts, forensic scientist Patricia Murdoch and trainee officer Billy Sherbet.
Sam managed to nab some development funding from the good people at South West Screen, helping to make Grime City a truly "360 degree" project as the shiny interactive website gets built and Jack puts the world to right on Twitter (follow him!), not to mention the cool comic strip that accompanies the show.
In the pilot, which will be finished by March 2010, Jack’s boss and mentor Chief Thrower is sacked for an accounting discrepancy and Jack resolves to set matters to rights - until that is, he finds out who the new chief will be. While Jack leafs through the executive toy catalogue, it’s left to Patricia and Billy to find out what’s really going on…
Follow Jack Hersey on Twitter for updates or even report a crime if you want to get involved or know more.
If you missed the results of the Julie Gray one page screenwriting competition, click here!