People talk about the difficult second album, but what about the third?
Studious readers of this newsletter will know that Beth and I are in the throes of writing Series 3 of breakout hit BBC Radio Wales sitcom Foiled. (I’m pretty sure I can use the term ‘breakout hit’ thanks to our repeat on Radio 4 Extra last year.)
Over the past three years, we have developed enormously as writers of sitcomedy. Broadly one could sum up the progress as psychological, from scatterbrained panic in the first series, through sophomoric eustress in series two, right up to this year’s waaaaay too casual late start.
Fingers crossed that our trajectory as writers is following the course of everyone’s favourite emo-rockers, Radiohead.
Our first radio series was very much a Pablo Honey – an enjoyable collection with some terrific moments, but very much the sound of a group of people figuring out who they are and what on earth they’re supposed to be doing.
Extended Metaphor Tracks: Prove Yourself, swiftly followed by I Can’t.
Our second series was The Bends – emerging from the zeitgeist with a confident sound that draws attention from some of the industry’s biggest names.
Stretched Metaphor Tracks: Writing: Sulk. Recording: Nice Dream.
Third time around, we’d absolutely love to present for your listening pleasure the OK Computer of radio comedy – as rule-breaking as it is ground-breaking; as rabidly reviewed as it is devoured by an adoring public.
But, frankly, this analogy is growing thin, and we haven’t got two years to write the bloody thing.
Tortured Metaphor Tracks: Fitter, Happier – and almost certainly very soon Climbing Up The Walls.
Having said that, we’re feeling pretty Lucky about our ideas for episodes one and three, and if we get anywhere even half close to the artistic and commercial success of Radiohead’s third album then one day, maybe, just maybe, Beth and I can finally launch our own line of commemorative beach towels, RRP £35.00.