List Of Things In Room 101
Below, exclusive to British Comedy Guide, is the complete list of the things that were banished to the oblivion of Room 101 during the original television series, between 1994 and 2007.
- The French
- Elvis Presley
- Postman Pat
- Hello! magazine
- Turly, Madly, Deeply
- A Parliamentary Affair by Edwina Currie
- The Magic Roundabout
- Bonn, Germany
- The "Dear Son" Nationwide Advert
- 1970s softcore German pornography
- Margi Clark
- The FA Cup
- The Our Tune section of Simon Bates's radio shows.
- Space hoppers
- TV cop shows
- The Word
- Long gloves
- Euro Disney
- Come Dancing
- Songs of Praise
- Unidentified tubes of meat
- William Shakespeare
- Action Man
- Rodents, especially rats
- Australian TV programmes
- Richard and Judy
- Children using the telephone
- Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
- Maths teachers
- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
- Jilly Goolden
- Vivienne Westwood
- Dogs with disproportionately large genitals
- Germaine Greer's post
- Michael Portillo's lips
- TV series The Choir
- BBC Radio 2
- The 1960s
- Insurance companies
- Car stickers
- The USA and American people
- Student backpackers
- Public schoolboys
- Blue Peter
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- The Bay City Rollers
- American football
- Guests on Wogan
- The sound of posh people talking
- Jacket and jeans combination
- Mystic Meg
- Soap stars singing
- Dinner parties
- Doctors' surgeries
- US fitness TV channels
- Ferrero Rocher
- The YMCA dance
- Telephone chat-up lines
- Baby talk
- Films with subtitles
- Men's public toilets
- Being a teacher
- New Year's Eve
- People who don't know how to argue
- People who dress up as mascots
- Weather forecasters
- Celebrities doing jobs for which they are not qualified
- Chris Evans
- Spike Milligan's house
- Soap operas
- The dark
- Richard Madeley
- Beach holidays
- Paul Daniels
- Shopping for shoes
- Margaret Thatcher
- Plastic wrappers around video tapes and CDs
- The skin on rice pudding and custard
- Pocket billiards (aka men adjusting their genitals in public)
- Decorative toilet roll covers
- Paper Roses by Marie Osmond
- TV cookery programmes
- Gentlemen's clubs
- Celebrity parties
- The fact that dogs don't live long enough
- Kissing on both cheeks
- Posh tea
- Jeffery Archer
- Soppy love songs
- Uninformed journalists
- Bill Bailey's TV debut with a mind reading dog
- The revamped theme tune to The Bill
- The 1980s
- Chris de Burgh
- Corporate fast food
- Extended warranties
- Cat lovers
- "God Save the Queen"
- Ken Livingstone
- Builders who mock Janet Street-Porter's accent
- BBC Radio 1 DJs
- Stephen Bailey and other design gurus
- Cockney culture
- Smoking bans
- Section 28
- Cooked apples
- Bed and Breakfast
- The crown jewels
- Cheese footballs
- The Royal Family going abroad
- Dogs' lips
- Plucky underdog films
- Synchronised swimming
- DIY makeover shows
- Top Gear
- Pointless science
- Short people
- Pretentious food
- Modern country music
- Silent letters
- Pet accessories
- Alan Ball
- Gifts from elderly relatives
- Boy bands
- Reverence to the Royal Family
- Mini-cab drivers who honk to let you know they have arrived
- Men are from Mars, Woman are from Venus
- Pedal-bin hair
- Liz Hurley
- Realistic toys
- Instruction manuals
- Eating in cinemas
- Rap music
- Student drama
- Protest raps
- Nautical fashion
- P.E. teachers
- Children's TV presenters
- Big Mouth Billy Bass
- Ben Elton
- Media training
- 24 hour news channels
- Late-night review shows
- New Age
- Australian questioning intonation
- Room 101
- People who force holiday reps to entertain, even though they have no talent
- Internet chat rooms
- Novelty underpants
- Men with colds
- Shielding the ball in football
- Shopping for clothes
- Robert Kilroy-Silk
- Static electricity
- Cirque du Soleil
- Starbucks coffee houses
- Carved vegetables
- Abuse of handicapped parking privileges
- George Carey, The Archbishop of Canterbury
- Loud music in restaurants
- Plastic wrapping
- Anne Robinson
- Cross country running
- Doctor Who
- Miss World and other beauty contests
- Shirley Bassey
- Babies in restaurants
- Children in Need
- Noisy people
- Daft questions at interviews
- Overlarge entourages
- Pop stars who mime
- Lynda Lee Potter
- Richard Clayderman
- Hard boiled eggs
- Adults who read Harry Potter novels
- Tim Henman
- 'Back to school' signs
- Comic operas
- Service charge
- Craig David
- Cartoon animals that wear clothes
- Christian rock music
- Pointless tourist attractions
- Footballers who complain
- Lollo rosso lettuce, bottled water and bruised Jack Daniels
- The rules of golf
- Announcers (mostly female) who shout at the end of a sentence
- Directors who make fast cuts
- Cowboy boots
- Britney Spears
- 'Baby on board' stickers
- Out-of-date magazines
- Tracey Emin being drunk
- Ice cream vans
- Traffic calming measures
- Barney the Dinosaur
- Rude and incompetent restaurant staff
- Drivers who wait at green traffic lights
- Bad liars
- Detox diets
- Skiing holidays
- Small evening bags
- Male yoga teachers
- Open-air theatres
- Hecklers and comperes
- London buses
- Fussy make-up artists
- Notting Hill
- Once-in-a-lifetime experiences
- Gillian McKeith
- Call centres
- Adverts that do not mention what is being sold
- American English
- Science fiction
- Random firework displays
- 19-year-old girls
- Bad nightclub etiquette
- The Royal Variety Performance
- The honours system
- Dates (the fruit)
- The House of Commons
- Raffles and raffle prizes
- Chiswick post office
- Immaculate men
- Cows, sheep and horses
- Glitter in greeting cards
- Satellite navigation systems in cars
- Charmless muggers
- Swimming trunks
- Instruction manuals
- List shows
- The Gallagher brothers
- Weather forecasters
- Famous people who say, "Do you know who I am?"
- Camera phones
- Unwrapped food
- Airline emergency procedures
- Marcus Brigstocke's own appetite
- David Blaine
- Personalised number plates
- Grammar bullies (like Lynne Truss)
- Global warming
- Mobile phones in theatres
- Dogs living in cities
- Obsession with crime
- Politicians who falsely claim they are in touch with modern culture
- Space travel
- Fake things
- Male world leaders
- The music of Frank Sinatra
- Paul Merton and Ian Hislop
- Traffic Wardens
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Should you get script coverage and if so, when?
In this post we’re going to talk about why you need to get script coverage, when script coverage is worth it (and when it isn’t), and I’ll recommend the best screenplay coverage services.
What is Script Coverage?
Script coverage is a written report that provides analysis of a screenplay.
Script coverage, aka screenplay coverage, typically includes:
- Synopsis of the story
- Comments from the reader
- Rating: Pass, Consider With Reservations, Consider, or Recommend.
Why Should You Get Script Coverage?
You’re a top screenwriter.
You’ve written a script.
You want to know if it’s ready to send out – and if not, how to improve it.
What do you do?
You send it to one of your professional screenwriter friends to get feedback.
But what if you aren’t a top screenwriter with pro screenwriter friends?
You Need Professional-Level Feedback
Back to your real life….
To get the kind of professional feedback you need, here’s what you do:
You pay for script coverage.
But you might be thinking:
Screenplay coverage sites seem shady. How can I tell what companies are legit?
I don’t want to waste my money. When is the right time to pay for screenplay coverage?
Script Coverage Is Worth It If…
- You plan to submit to an agency, production company, or studio.
- The reader has worked at a major agency, production company, or studio.
- You want to get a sense of where your script ranks in comparison to other scripts in the same genre.
- You want “fresh eyes” on your story.
Script Coverage Is NOT Worth It If…
- You cannot verify the legitimacy or professional experience of the reader.
- You are in the earliest stages of the creative process and would benefit just as much from feedback on your script from friends, fellow writers, online screenwriting forums, or communities.
- You are expecting that the reader will help you get you in the door with producers, agents, or managers.
How Is Script Coverage Used?
Script coverage is used by you, the writer, to determine when your script is ready to send out and/or how to improve it.
Script coverage is also used by agents, managers, producers and executives to decide which screenplays they want to read first and which scripts to put on a pile to read later or pass on (reject) without even reading the screenplay.
This is one of the reasons why you get script coverage on your own before submitting. Because the decision-maker to whom you submit your material is going to have their own internal readers do script coverage – and you want to have a good idea of how your script will stack up before you submit in the first place.
Decision-makers Use Script Coverage To Pass
When I was an executive, I passed on hundreds of scripts based solely on the script coverage.
That is standard practice for all agents, managers, producers and executives.
That may not seem fair, but here’s what happens:
Executive’s Assistant: “I’ve got today’s scripts. There are fifty…”
Executive: “Let’s start with the ‘CONSIDER’ and ‘RECOMMEND.'”
Executive’s Assistant: “Okay, there are three.”
Getting positive script coverage is the one of the many “gates” that a great project must pass through to get read by a decision-maker.
Script Coverage Lasts FOREVER
Studios, agencies, and production companies keep screenplay coverage records FOREVER. Here’s an example of script coverage from the film Titanic from 1996.
Just as if you were hiring someone for a competitive job, you’d likely be more excited to meet with someone totally new rather than someone who has already applied and been rejected three times in the past.
Do everything you can to make sure your screenplay will get positive screenplay coverage before you submit it because past projects that have gotten positive screenplay coverage excite the script reader about your new project.
What Coverage Services Do You Recommend?
My recommendation is that you check out the options and see what feels right based on the information on the website, fees, testimonials, and any email interactions you have with the company.
Each service I recommend provides a variety of options and price points.
Here are the script coverage companies I’d check out (and their least expensive options):
NOTE: I am not compensated for these recommendations in any way.
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have worked with Michael Ray Brown (StorySense) at MGM and I have read Jim Cirile’s coverage (Coverage Ink) because a number of my clients had him do coverage on their projects and it was in-depth and excellent.
Don’t Get Screenplay Coverage From Screenwriting Contests
A number of screenwriting contests offer script coverage.
However, I recommend doing script coverage separately from screenwriting contests.
You want to select the reader who will be evaluating your script whenever possible, and you want to make sure that the reader is taking the time to provide the best script coverage possible. Often, readers for contests are paid far less and, due to the contest deadlines, cannot spend much time considering your script (let alone writing the coverage).
What About The Black List?
I like Franklin Leonard and the Black List. Understanding the Black List is important, and they do provide a legit method for screenplays and screenwriters to get exposure.
However, I don’t recommend their script analysis service over the companies I recommend above.
Four of my clients have had sloppy script coverage where the reader had clearly rushed through and not actually read the script carefully. Unfortunately, readers are only paid $25 per script which makes it hard to spend time to give detailed, thoughtful coverage. To the Black List’s credit, in each instance they redid my client’s coverage without charge. (If you’ve gotten an evaluation from the Black List and it was helpful, I’d love to know because it certainly is budget-friendly.)
Will Script Coverage Services Open Doors?
Decision-makers who have the power to purchase projects and the agents who you really want to represent you are not jumping at the chance to read scripts recommended by a screenplay coverage service (even the best ones).
Yes, a few people have gotten meetings, representation, and sales because they were promoted by a script coverage service and that’s great. It definitely can happen, but this is very rare and should not be your main marketing strategy.
As I’ve said before, actors have been discovered waiting in line at Starbucks, but I don’t recommend that actors spend all their time getting coffee as their main career strategy.
Script coverage helps you know where you stand and can help you get in the room when used as part of an overall strategy. By itself, screenplay is not an effective way to create opportunities.
Screenplay Coverage: A Word Of Caution
Based on the search results when I google “script coverage,” there are definitely some sketchy script coverage operations out there. While I doubt anyone is getting rich off of doing script coverage, buyer beware.
- No one has found the feedback valuable? Run away.
- Get a sketchy feeling from the website? Move on.
- You can’t tell who is running the service? Skip it.
- You send an email but can’t get in touch with a real person? Pass.
- The readers haven’t worked for companies that you recognize? Keep looking.
Here’s the deal:
Hollywood is a business where people don’t hide their credits and accomplishments out of humility.
If someone isn’t bragging, they likely don’t have anything to brag about.
Don’t Get Depressed If You Get A “PASS”
Even exceptional writers get “pass” coverage sometimes.
One of the most memorable days of my executive career was when I got the key to the archives of MGM Story Department.
Inside the filing room (in the basement of the garage) were boxes of screenplay coverage.
I found “pass” screenplay coverage on screenplays by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Lehman, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, and many other legendary screenwriters.
Even these legends wrote scripts that weren’t amazing and couldn’t get past the gatekeepers.
Of course, they kept writing. You should do the same.
For some inspiration, check out this list of best-sellers that were initially rejected.
Want To Write Screenplay Coverage?
If you’re interested in writing script coverage or becoming a script reader:
What’s Been Your Experience?
What has been your experience with screenplay coverage services?
What’s been worth it or not worth it?
Any script coverage companies or readers I should add to my list of Recommended Resources?
Let me know in the comments.
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Written by Stephanie Palmer
Stephanie Palmer was a film executive with MGM Pictures and The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the “Top 35 Executives Under 35.” She is the author of the best-selling book Good in a Room. She has helped many writers get agents and managers…
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