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Writing Soap: How to write Popular Continuing Drama (Aber Creative Writing) by Chris Thompson

Writing Soap: How to write Popular Continuing Drama (Aber Creative Writing) by Chris Thompson

Author:Chris Thompson [Thompson, Chris]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Graham Lawler Media and Publishing (GLMP Ltd)
Published: 2014-02-26T20:00:00+00:00


At the other end of the scale, is the two-handed scene, where two characters talk, argue, fight, love and hate each other. They are important, because we all have moments alone with our partners, workmates, friends and enemies. They can be very, very powerful.

A few years ago, I wrote two-handed episode of Emmerdale featuring Ashley Thomas, the vicar, and his first wife, Bernice. It charted the breakdown of their marriage and was told in real time—30 minutes action told in 30 minutes (or, as you’ll recall, 24). It was wonderful to write and worked well. Eastenders memorably gave Dot Cotton a one-woman episode, but such occasions are rare.

If you have too many two-handers in an episode it can seem too samey, too predictable. It can lack the spark and vitality that multi-strand scenes can have. Ideally an episode will be a mixture of two-handers, of bustling communal scenes, of dialogue and action.

Variety is all.



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