As I continue to await feedback on my Steampunk Assassins re-draft and plod onward with my Old!Robin Hood attempt, my pet editor drew my attention to Red Planet’s competition.

The brief is to write an original sixty minute pilot or play for television.

Television is my love. I adore TV. At the moment, I’m crushing on Doctor Who, Glee, Merlin, and Castle. Past loves include The West Wing and Battlestar Galactica.

Therefore, there was no way I was going to turn down this competition, no matter how many other projects I have on the go! My first idea was for a British space agency comedy-drama, but I realised that the season plan wouldn’t really go anywhere and that hit a dead end.

Then, I picked up my trusty Save the Cat book and out fell an old page of notes for a film I was planning in 2008. A film I later decided would be a much better TV series…and therefore abandoned.

After a quick read-through, I realised that it all still worked and that this would form the basis for my pilot. It’s a monster-based fantasy drama, set against a fairly realistic shady military science programme. And I think it could be a lot of fun and carry some real power.

I just hope I can do my beloved medium justice.

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