Conversations With My Agent

In 1963 Mel Brooks’ comedy partner Carl Reiner wrote the autobiographical ‘Enter Laughing’, about being a young TV scriptwriter working on live TV comedy for a showrunner described as ‘the Ulcer That Walks Like A Man’. Forced to write up his ideas just minutes ahead of the performers going in front of the cameras, he […]

The Gap Between Here & There

When TV show ‘Skins’ began in 1997, it received good reviews for being a reasonably accurate portrayal of teenage problems in a drama format. Cut to 2011, when it’s airing in the US to moral outrage, with sponsor Taco Bell pulled out because – love this – some scenes did “not match with its vision” […]