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EDUCATION #TVFutures by Dylan Ellcome I ’m now well into my final year of BSc Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth , and things are beginning to slot into place, finding a natural rhythm. You quickly realise that this year, there is no messing about, and the learning curve, well that’s where you’re expected to put into practice everything we’ve learned over the last two years. When you add the complexity of all your units such as Documentary Film with the additional pressure of a Final Year Project and of course my CCI management role of script editing, you would be right in assuming it can be daunting. Running any TV Channel is hard work, ensuring quality is even harder. In my opinion, the backbone of any show is the script, if the script is not right, it has a knock on effect on the program. Even a Small error can have a larger Impact than expected. This is why my CCI management role was created, to ensure that every script is the best it can be, that there is some form of continuity and that everyone involved in the project is happy with the content. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories, and I have always loved writing television drama. Here on this course however we produce mainly live magazine style programmes. I thought that on the surface, writing for Live TV was completely different, but in fact they’re not. Much like in drama you still have a clear structure, dialogue and even characters. When I write dialogue for a character, I always make sure its not too hard for the actor the say, I found the same has to be applied to presenters. They have to be happy and confi dent with what they’re reading to give a good performance, I learned this recently when too many versions of the script caused chaos just as we were about to go live. 52 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 96 DECEMBER 2014 The continuity element of script editing is something I’ve picked up over time. I learned that the main focus of continuity involves ensuring last weeks program is referenced and next week’s program is adequately set up. Another element of script continuity I want to develop is the promotion of the CCITV channel and reminders of where audiences can view the programmes. I spend much more time working with script than most other students so I get a good insight into how each of CCI’s three programs are formatted, and how a seemingly a small change can alter the feel of the show. This is something that greatly interests me and is why, for my Final Year project, I’m looking at the impact script editors have on show formats. A show I’m looking closely at is Doctor Who as it’s a rare example