My credits stretch back to 1994 when I was 19 years old and had my first film broadcast on Channel Four in the UK.
Among my many broadcast credits, I did a fairly long stint on the Yorkshire soap Emmerdale, between 2001/2002. As a writer, you like to keep hold on the things that you’ve had broadcast. But sadly, I recorded a lot of my Emmerdale episodes on VHS tape (yeah, it’s that long ago) and I don’t have copies of much of the material.
Thanks to enthusiastic fans of Emmerdale – who try and catalogue every episode they can get and upload them to YouTube – and every now and again I manage to find one of the old episodes I wrote back in the day.
This morning, I came across the episode below, which I’m particularly fond of. It’s an Emmerdale episode that features Caddyshack jokes, ‘Carry on’ style humour, Richard Whiteley, Mandy Dingle and The Verve, singing an old song I liked at the time. It’s also a good dramatic episode with a real emotional punch and a great performance by Dominic Brunt – who is not just a brilliant actor, but also an upcoming horror director.
I guess this was written around 17 years ago today. I still think it’s a decent example of a competent soap episode.
Matthew Cooper has been a script writer for hire for over 20 years. He’s written for most of the UK soaps, including writing award winning episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs and has been BAFTA shortlisted and Royal Television Society nominated as a script writer. He’s also a leading UK script consultant. You can find some of his broadcast credits on the IMDb. You can get in touch with Matthew on firstname.lastname@example.org or hire him on Peopleperhour