Ep 24 – The Ultimate Hardcore Writer’s Episode, Part II | Andrew Ellard

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Wanna be a writer? Good news! Here’s Part II of the Ultimate Hardcore Writers series where we talk with Andrew Ellard, the man who helps wrangle the genius creators behind shows like Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd, Miranda and more. Andrew discusses what you really need to know before you write your show, explores just how many rewrites are normal, tells us the ultimate way to test your writing, and answers that burning question: do we need to know latin?

You can listen to this episode of The Gray Escape with Natalie Gray below, download it from the link beneath the player, or listen and Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Andrew Ellard at his desk while chatting about writer Graham Linehan

British writer and script editor Andrew Ellard at his awesome treadmill / writing desk!

The cast of Red Dwarf, written by writer Doug Naylor


Red Dwarf is a British comedy which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave in 2009 and 2012, gaining a cult following.
Detailed info courtesy of the Official Website.

When the show was first broadcast on BBC2 in February 1988, the odds were seemingly stacked against it. Its script, by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, had spent three years being rejected by just about anybody with any commissioning power at the BBC; its cast consisted not of established sitcom actors, but instead a poet, an impressionist, a dancer and a stand-up comic; and it was a show that combined two genres – comedy and science-fiction – that almost everybody had advised against marrying.

A quarter of a century later, Red Dwarf is one of the most well-known sci-fi franchises on the planet – and arguably the most popular science-fiction comedy ever created. Its original BBC run spanned eight series and 52 episodes across eleven years, while a twenty-first century revival for digital broadcaster Dave has so far resulted in a three-part anniversary special followed by a full six-episode tenth series. What’s more, the story has been adapted and expanded into novels, comic strips, a radio production and a wide range of best-selling merchandise. It has made household names out of its stars Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn, and its influence continues to be felt in both the sci-fi and comedy genres.

RedDwarf.co.uk is the official Red Dwarf website, owned and operated by Grant Naylor Productions. Every Friday since the site’s launch in November 2000, we’ve updated fans with the latest news about the show, its cast and crew, and anything else vaguely related that we find interesting and think others will too. We also regularly publish detailed features, recapping and analysing the history of Red Dwarf both on and off the screen, going in-depth into the production of the series’ home releases, and interviewing cast and crew members past and present.

Update: Red Dwarf is currently shooting two new seasons at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

Andrew Ellard’s website.

He works in every genre and medium. Film, TV, stage or comics; comedy, drama, sci-fi or musical.

Andrew is repped by:

Emily Hickman
The Agency (London) Ltd.
24 Pottery Lane
W11 4LZ
Tel: 020 7727 1346

The Gray Escape
Natalie Gray is an artist and comedienne who had an extraordinary experience in 2012 that inspired her to research alternative topics and theories, including sound healing, quantum physics, and the idea that we are living in a Holographic Universe. For Natalie's art and comedy please visit http://nataliegray.com

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