Friday, 8 August 2014

'The Start Up': a new web series written by an Accidental friend

I once had a very brief foray into script-writing. During my final year at university, one of my housemates and I started writing a 6-episode comedy series following the lives of several shambolic university students. They spent a lot of their time sharing grotty bathrooms, getting amusingly drunk and going to toga parties. (Yeah, there were elements of semi-autobiography in there.) After our graduation, my housemate did a lot of work to package up our ideas and pitch them to television companies, but sadly our series went nowhere.

Then one night, after too many cocktails, we developed a theory that the award-winning 'Fresh Meat' was based on material lifted from one of our failed pitches. However, few weeks later I was sat next to a comedy script-writer at a wine tasting event (it's London; that kind of thing happens more than you'd imagine) and he reassured me that Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain had been talking about developing a student-based series for years and that the likelihood of any intellectual property theft was slim to none. And that was truly the end of that. For me at least.
While I turned my back on script-writing in favour of blogging, my clever friend has gone on to write, direct and act in several plays over the past few years. All outside of her regular day-job, too. Her latest project is a web-series called 'The Start-up'. Post-recession London is full of start-ups, each more eccentric than the last. My friend's series follows a new family-run start-up in the city; from their hiring of staff to their loopy brainstorming sessions. And she'd love it if you checked it out. You can find the first (and subsequent episodes) here on Youtube.

Oh and my pal has a starring role in the series. See if you can guess who she is!

All future episodes will be released on the TLS Productions channel on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1cBSbKMHIwmqHSUZ9Gluw 

8 comments:

  1. Well done to your ex housemate. I noticed the series - will now watch it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I'm so impressed by all her hard work on everything she's written and directed over the years - she's very dedicated. And I'm sure she'll be thrilled to have another watcher. Thank you!

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  2. The link doesn't work.

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    1. Sorry you couldn't get it to work! Seems to be working fine for me. There's a link to the production company's channel on Youtube up there now too, so maybe that will work better for you...

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  3. Very amusing and entertaining - look forward to seeing the next instalments!

    LCM x

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    1. Thanks, LCM! The second episode went out yesterday. Hope you enjoy it, and thank you so much for the support and encouragement for my friend!

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  4. She did it! I have always dreamed of doing something similar. Well done!

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    1. She really did! So proud of her. Well, if you ever get tempted to get involved yourself I'll put you two in touch!

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