Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Category: television

  • The Danger List

    My producers have now made an official announcement about the new show I’ve been developing for Fox, so I suppose it’s OK to at least mention it… but as it’s a work-in-progress, don’t expect me to say too much about it just yet.

  • Pipe Bursts

    True story. The late ’70s weren’t exactly the biplane-and-barnstorming days of television technology, although looking back from today it can sometimes seem like it. In Granada TV’s Presentation Department we ran traffic control on live feeds both from network and our own studios, analog VT from two-inch tape, and an array of telecine machines that […]

  • Terriers

    By one means or another I try to keep up with at least the pilots of the new crop of each season’s US TV shows, and in the current season one’s been the standout for me – Terriers, from FX, starring Donal Logue (who I thought was miscast in Life but is perfect here) and […]

  • Super Duper 8

    I spent last Friday morning in the BBC’s number 4 grading suite at the Television Centre in London. For a while I’d been looking for some way of digitising the Super 8 that I shot in the late ’70s and ’80s, but there was always a problem. For all its reputation as a ‘bootlace gauge’, […]

  • Michael Sharvell-Martin

    You may not know the name, but if you’ve any familiarity with British TV comedy of the last 30 years you’ll immediately recognise the face… actor Michael Sharvell-Martin died of cancer of the oesophagus on October 27th. A consistent and solid player in scripted comedy (No Place Like Home, Terry and June), and a regular […]

  • Welcome to my World

    From Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood: Lionsgate is adapting Stanley Park, a pilot it produced in the UK for the BBC, for the US market. Giving the keynote speech this afternoon at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said that Fox “loved it.” Writer/creator Leo Richardson is now working on the pilot […]

  • Origin

    I’ve been waiting for a hook on which to hang a mention of Danny Stack’s slick, thoughtful and entertaining short-film debut, and it now arises in the form of screenings at Jersey’s Branchage Film Festival on September 26th and at London’s Raindance Festival on October 7th. Danny’s Scriptwriting in the UK blog has been a […]

  • Process and Procedure

    Which ought to be the title of Jane Austen’s unpublished crime novel… It’s the network pitching season in LA, and I just got back after an intense week with results that I should be able to tell you about sometime soon. After nine hours plus of breathing buggy plane air on the way home, I […]

  • This Island Rod

    A recommendation – while googling for something else (I’ve forgotten what) I came across this film blog written by Roderick Heath, who describes himself somewhere as a film school dropout (I’ve forgotten where I saw that, too) and is based in Lithgow, New South Wales. It’s only been up for a couple of years but […]

  • Scribal Rites

    The Wall Street Journal features this piece on how TV series writers have their own ways to achieve fulfilment and exact retribution. Most of the examples are more subtle than confrontational… David Kohan (tells of how) comedian Elayne Boosler treated him so badly early in his career that he tried for years to get revenge. […]