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on 7 August 2012
This book is a well-researched and efficient text covering the basics of writing for television and contains insider information to help you get a foot in the door. Suitable for beginners and advanced screenwriters alike, this book offers in-depth analysis of story elements and is backed by a wealth of data, quotes and fascinating interviews with writers, readers, editors, producers and broadcasters. Gibbs shows you how to approach writing for TV, how to present and structure your script (including an invaluable breakdown of running times for different formats and the needs of different broadcasters), then looks at all the stages of preparation towards getting your work out there. Gibbs covers all possibilities and eventualities by interviewing representatives from all the mainstream channels, equipping writers who feel ready to move onto the next stage in their career all the advice and support they need. An excellent manual and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Recommended!
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on 2 March 2013
A really comprehensive guide that runs you through everything from the basics of setting out a script to what commissioners are looking for. There are some insightful interviews with those working across UK television drama, myself included. The only down-side of covering so many topics is that each is only discussed briefly but as an introduction or overview it's really good.
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on 14 July 2013
I recently completed a drama TV writing course which made me fall in love with writing and this book was amazing to continue my study I love it thanks Nicholas Gibbs there's always a place on my shelf for your brilliant book :)
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on 29 October 2014
Fabulous book, a must for ANYONE wanting to learn the skill of writing. Easy to understand... explained beautifully.
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on 4 November 2015
Great book that provides helpful and informative advice about how to make it in the television sector.
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on 20 June 2015
Brilliant book
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on 15 June 2015
Thank you. All good.
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on 4 July 2014
Firstly,the clue is in the book description. Although the author may be a BBC trained scriptwriter, I was not made aware of any great success in the industry(I may be wrong, but I could find no indication). The book is very dictatorial, telling the reader they must do things in very limited ways. I found it killed my creativity for a while, until I read other books and researched interviews with renowned screenwriters who seemed to be saying quite the opposite. I think if you read this book first and it put you off scriptwriting with its, at times, condescending attitude to the reader, then you may never realise your talent. My advice would be to read widely and watch plenty of interviews with successful playwrights that write your favourite shows.
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