TX: It Came From Outer Space

This week has turned into something of a perfect storm for me – one of those freak moments when many events coincide to create a whole larger than the parts -  though, I hasten to add, in a good way, not in a smashing-up-ships actual storm way.

Firstly, I’ve just emerged blinking from the studio at BBC Broadcasting House, where my radio adaptation of Tayeb Salih’s classic novel Season of Migration to the North has (almost!) completed recording.  This is my first Radio 3 project, and it’s been very exhilarating – I’ll write more about it when I get my daylight eyes back. 

And also, this week, Debatable Space continues to be the SF/fantasy/horror Book of the Month in Waterstone’s.  Sales are brisk I’m told, and, the telling detail here, the books are £2 cheaper  than they will be on the 1st September. 

And on top of all this, I’ve discovered (rather belatedly, since I haven’t had time to read the Radio Times) I have an episode of Heartbeat being broadcast this Sunday, 31st August.  This is the first ever science fiction episode of Heartbeat; and, buoyed up by my success in selling this notion, I’m now pitching a proposal to the BBC about an an alien family that moves in to Albert Square.  (They will be squat and bald-headed and will talk in an eerie whisper – ah, you guessed it! Phil Mitchell was part of the advance party of the alien invasion!) 

Next week things go back to normal.  I’ll spend my time worrying about being late with my deadlines,  no one will phone me, and my emails will all be spam or virus threats.  But for these few days, it’s nice to savour the adrenalin-rush that comes from having a show in post-production, and a show on the telly, and a book in the shops, all at the same time. 

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