By Rachel Paterson, Nov 15 2016 01:49PM
I was SO excited to find out last week that I made it onto the Casualty Shadow Scheme, starting in January 2017.
In October eight writers did a week's residential in Cardiff, where we heard from John Yorke, Mark Catley and Matt Berry, as well as the show's producers. After we'd all gone home, four writers were chosen to complete a shadow script, prior to a guaranteed* commission in 2017 (we were reminded that the G word comes with a caveat, which can be paraphrased to "as long as you don't mess it up". The language on the paperwork was more politic - something to do with "best interests").
In hindsight, it's very difficult to see how they chose... the other writers all gave brilliant pitches. There were some jokes about it being like The Apprentice... It certainly was hard work, but the other writers were a complete pleasure to be around, and the producers were a lot friendlier than Alan Sugar and his hard-nosed minions. It was even, dare I say, quite fun. Despite the workload and the pace, I felt reasonably on top of things... apart from spending the first two days wondering who Ed Pol was.
As my agent reminded me during the phone call - in which I was probably quite incoherent with euphoria - the real work starts here. So there's no time for resting on the laurels, or writing long and rambling blog posts...