It is often said that the key to great comic delivery is timing. I would go further and say its the key to great writing too. But before I get into that, let’s examine the power of timing in the best way possible — Morecambe and Wise.
After a long wait, series five of Doctor Who is with us. The first episode — The Eleventh Hour — debuted over the Easter weekend in the UK, bringing with it a new Doctor and a new production team. But brilliant as the whole shebang was — and it was a thoroughly enjoyable hour — I couldn’t help feeling I’d seen it all before!
Comedy writing has always had a harder time finding legitimacy than other forms – television comedy even more so. Different writing genres have always been prone to elitism and arbitrary labels of legitimacy or triviality, which seems a mite unfair when we look for genuine artistry.
If you’re telling a story, there comes a time when you have to explain to the audience what’s going on. Exposition is unavoidable, but if your characters merely start telling the story to each other, the script will feel false. People just don’t talk like that.
Telly watching is changing. No news there; over the years there has been a steady move away from scheduled passive watching to time-shifted viewing on the device of your choice. TV viewing is no longer confined to the big screen in the lounge room but happens on the PC, the laptop, the mobile phone, iPod and PDA.