Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Cockneys Vs Zombies on US TV

Americans and America-adjacent beings! Cockneys Vs Zombies will be on US TV this Saturday April 11th, at 3pm and 11pm, on the Chiller TV channel.

It's a cable and satellite channel, so you might not have it, but if you do... free movie! I have no idea if it's edited for TV, but just to be safe, maybe watch the 11pm showing instead of the 3pm one. Or watch both. It's Zombie Week on the channel, so keep an eye on their schedule if you like the shambling dead.

Monday, March 23, 2015

GeekedFest, Newport, August 8th-9th

Convention news! I'll be a guest at GeekedFest, a new convention in Newport, Wales. I'll be doing talks, signings, all the usual sort of thing, and possibly showing some new stuff if it's ready in time, he said mysteriously.

Details and tickets available here, the initial guest announcement includes me, Virginia Hey, John Challis, Simon Fisher-Becker, and Ross Mullan, with lots more on the way, so go check it out. I'm coming for you, Newport! Be ready!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Crazy For You in Philadelphia again

Crazy For You, the short film I wrote and directed, starring Arthur Darvill and Hannah Tointon, screens as part of the Best of Vivisections International Horror Shorts in Philadelphia on April 19th at 6.30pm.

It's $10 for 106 minutes of horror shorts, so go along and see some cool stuff. Including mine! Obviously. Details and tickets are available at this link right here.

Monday, March 02, 2015

My second ep of The Sparticle Mystery on TV today

My second episode of The Sparticle Mystery is on TV today, 5pm, CBBC and CBBCHD!

It's episode 9, and you can catch up on the 3rd series so far here, and see a sneak peek for ep9 here. I blogged about my previous episode (ep4) here.

It's a heisty-capery-farcey-style episode, so expect action, thrills, and spills. There will also be slapstick, silliness, and possibly some Cockney builders (long story, actually not that long, you'll see what I mean when you watch). Hope you enjoy it!

UPDATE! It's now online, on iPlayer, and you can watch it right here!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crazy For You, Philadelphia

Yes, I'm crazy about Philadelphia because in their infinite wisdom, they're screening Crazy For You at 7.30pm this Sunday February 15th at the Vivisections International Horror Shorts, as part of their Valentine's special selection! What better way to spend the day after Valentine's Day, than by watching short horror movies featuring twisted love stories gone wrong? None! None better way!

All the shorts in the selection have a romantic theme, so bring along that special someone, or go alone with a severed head in your bag (make sure to open the bag slightly so they can see). Note: if you do bring dead people, please keep them on your lap so as not to take up seats that living people could occupy.

It's only $10 for 79 minutes of shorts, and who knows, you might just pick up some romance tips (disclaimer: you won't, please don't copy anything you see, especially the murder stuff, I'll get letters).

It looks like a really cool selection of shorts, so it's definitely worth your time on a cold Sunday evening. If you're there, let me know how it goes.

Monday, January 26, 2015

My first ep of The Sparticle Mystery on today

Excitements! TV Excitements! My first episode of The Sparticle Mystery is on TV today, 5pm on CBBC and CBBCHD!

Update: It's now up on iPlayer, and you can watch it online here. It'll be available until February 25th, so get watching now!

It's episode 4, so you can catch up on the first three episodes here, here and here. And there's a sneak peek at my ep here! Season 2 should still be available to watch on iPlayer too, but if you need to jump in, read my quick summary of what happened so far at this blog post here. My next episode will be episode 9, airing on March 2nd.

This episode airs almost exactly 7 years after my first ever TV episode way back on January 23rd 2008 - it was the Sleeper episode of Torchwood. I wrote about it on the blog here, and followed up with a reaction post here. Bizarrely, and completely unintentionally, both episodes contain the line "there's no such thing as aliens"...

I still get excited when anything of mine comes out, there's nothing like the feeling of knowing the audience is all watching at the same time. I won't be able to watch live, as I'm away, but I'll do an update post when I get back. I'm really excited for everyone to see it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Sparticle Mystery, season 3

Announcement! TV announcement! I’ve written two episodes for the upcoming 3rd season of The Sparticle Mystery, created by the brilliant Alison Hume.

The series starts on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 5pm on CBBC and CBBCHD. I wrote episodes 4 and 9, so mine should be on 26th January and 2nd March - I’ll update that in case the schedules change, so keep an eye out.

Update! Episode 1 of the new series is on the iPlayer right now, watch it here!

I worked on the show early in 2014, joining their writers’ room led by Alison. It was a really fun, inspiring time, and I loved being part of the process. When the boss of the team is the head writer, it makes things SO much easier and smoother, because they’re right there with you, and all their notes come from a good, creative place. And it's lovely to have something of mine airing on TV again, after a long time off doing movies and development stuff (which takes ages) - I haven't gone anywhere, just been doing other things, that you'll hopefully get to see soon. Like this!

If you haven’t seen the show, you can catch up on season 2 on iPlayer now. If you’re just going to dive in - spoilers in this paragraph! Spoilers for seasons 1 and 2! - the concept is that one day, a Large Hadron Collider-style experiment goes wrong and everyone aged 15 and over gets sent to a parallel dimension - leaving the world full of children. Some of them want to bring the adults back and, obviously, some don’t. Right now, at the start of the third season, an attempt to bring the adults back has gone wrong, and the teenage versions of the adults have been brought back instead. Who’s in charge now? Ever wondered what your mum and dad were like when they were 14?? You might not want to know... End of spoilers!

I've never written purely for children's drama before, and if you're familiar with my work you're probably wondering why they let me... But I've done family stuff, and pre-watershed-friendly episodes, so I'm not a blood-soaked gore fiend ALL the time. And there's plenty of emotion and drama on kids' shows, this is no exception. Obviously I can’t say what happens in the episodes or the series, so you’ll have to watch and find out.

But! Here’s a trailer for season 3!

Food fight! There are several clips from my episodes in the trailer, but I didn’t do the food fight, I’m very envious of that...

Official website!

Facebook page!

Behind the scenes website with photos!

Catch up on season two!

And you can follow the show on Twitter here and get updates like this:
By the way, another show starting straight afterwards at 5.30pm, is EVE, created by Emma Reeves, about a robot girl trying to live a normal life with a human family. Emma’s brilliant too, and the show looks really fun, I saw some early prep work on it and it sounds great. So check that out as well! There’s a trailer for it here, and episode 1 is now online here.

UPDATE: I've just realised that, if the schedule doesn't change, my latest episode of TV will air on January 26th, almost exactly 8 years after my first ever episode of TV - "Sleeper", in season 2 of Torchwood, on January 23rd. And I'm still incredibly excited to have my work aired on TV, that feeling never goes away, in fact it gets stronger. Enjoy!