July 4th, 2007

breaking bad

Guest writers

On the altariel thread I linked to yesterday there was some support for getting Diana Wynne-Jones in to write for the next season of Who. I was talking to happytune at lunch about the idea of recruiting guest star writers to inject fresh life into the show, in the manner of Derek Jacobi and (redacted) type guest actors. There are so many great writers in Britain today, and even if they weren't comfy with writing in script format, they could frame the narrative and key scenes, perhaps working with a professional script writer or editor.

For instance, I am thinking they could recruit children's writers (Jacqueline Wilson?) SF writers (Iain Banks? well, there are so many talented names nowadays) even writers from outside the genre (Zadie Smith? Jake Arnott?) It could be so cool. Have you got any suggestions?

If you are bored with doctor who - what about other shows? God knows Torchwood could do with a bit of a boost. And shows I don't watch like The Bill and Eastenders and Holby City. I think it could get viewers interested in the writers' books, and interested in the concept of the script as one of the drivers of the show. Though perhaps most viewers couldn't care less.
breaking bad

Must try harder

An advert for chewing gum has so enraged decency campaigners that they have sworn to boycott the product.

The furor over the commercial has resulted in the American Decency Association urging Christians not to buy Fusion or any other Wrigley’s product. ADA president Bill Johnson says the ad shows that the company is more concerned about appealing to the homosexual community than it is offending millions of Bible-believing Christians... blatant advertisement lifting up lesbianism... strongly against the standard of God,” it is sending a clear message to believers that their business is really no longer desired.

So you are thinking - let me see this ad, right? Blatantly lifting up lesbians? Offending millions of Bible-belt Christians? Bring it on, girls.

Alas - prepare for a letdown. That's it? After that kind of a build up? I'm outraged about the lack of anything outrageous.