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Top Shelf 1: Reading and Writing the Best in Australian TV Drama  

Top Shelf 1: Reading and Writing the Best in Australian TV Drama $18.17 ex GST
$19.99 inc GST
A unique insight into the specialised format of television series and serials and the conditions under which it is produced. 

Top Shelf Volume 1 explores how shows are plotted and ideas developed; the script-editing process; different narrative styles, plots and production techniques; the differences in style and production paramaters between writing for series and serials; how the present writing systems evolved in Australia and the influences of American and British systems. 

The companion book, Top Shelf Volume 2 contains five outstanding television screenplays.

Greg Haddrick has written a wise, informative book on how TV serials and series are written. It is, quite simply, the best book on the subject that I have ever come across.  - Tony Morphett, multi-award-winning writer and co-creator of Blue Heelers and Water Rats.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-610-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


Greg Haddrick wrote the award-winning telemovie My Husband My Killer and script edited the mini-series of Bryce Courtenay’s The Potato Factory and the telemovie Ihaka: Blunt Instrument. Greg spent four years story-lining, writing and script editing Sons and Daughters for the Grundy Organisation from 1983, then wrote the first block of Home & Away. He co-wrote and script edited the children’s mini-series Elly & Jools and has also written for E-Street, GP and Flying Doctors. Greg won two AFI Awards for episodes of Home & Away and received many AWGIE Award nominations, winning in 1997 and two awards in 2006. Greg also co-wrote the screenplay for the animated feature The Magic Pudding. He was head writer and co-creator of the ABC series MDA.