Quote: Johnny26 @ 25th October 2015, 8:42 AM GMT
Speaking from the view point of one who likes to think the best of everyone, maybe the guy can write a bit , got a job in commissioning, to
1) improve his writing
2) get an idea of what the beeb is looking for
3) get to know who to talk with to further his writing career
4) move with the right crowd
sounds like a plan to me.
I hear you, Johnny26. I really do. Maybe I am too cynical having turned from an enthusiastic, eager, credulous wannabe producer to being bitter; bitter from being disgusted by a lot of unaccountable behaviours I have witnessed during this past decade working in the telly.
My beef is that little old thing called "conflict of interest". Yes, I ranted about Stuart Murphy but at least he had the 'good grace' to stand down from his senior commissioning position before announcing his writing deal with the very in-house company he was part responsible for launching.. It's all good fun, though - right?
Gregor Sharp worked his way up through the ranks. I am sure a very talented editorial person. His CV shows a Producer/Director background. I am not questioning his writing ability; nor couldn't care less if his long-term intention were to get a commission, good on him - but this isn't about that. He just should have waited until standing down from his role before getting a commission.
He still remains a commissioner. He wrote this whilst being a commissioner. (Unless I am mistaken but that's how it looks from the one-off last year to the full series commission this year. I accept the possibility this series could have been sitting in his draw for twenty years).
I would have no issue had Gregor left the beeb and then got this commission. We wouldn't have had 'The Inbetweeners' nor unlikley 'Friday Night Dinner' if The respective writers remained in commissioning. But at least Robert Popper and Damon Beesley did the right thing and left their job of commissioning before writing and pitching. So this isn't an annoyance at someone becoming a commissioner to then get a commission. If you're talented I don't care what you do to get there. First, leave your job of responsibility then go pitch.
From the odd encounter of the years, Gregor seems like a decent chap but it calls into question his judgment. For all the courses I've been on at the beeb - and I am not at the cautious commissioner job level, I am aware that this is a little peculiar. If the Daily Mail got hold of this, they'd take delight in it. But the beeb can do without any more vile attacks.
Thanks for indulging my conspiracy theroy. I think I need to look down a barrel (a 'barrel' of drink) and just down it all away into a happy state of oblivious oblivion because clearly it doesn't matter.