Five Days in May
Do you have a rapid response to the general election?
Were you compelled by the five agonising days between polling day and the formation of the new coalition government? Were you inspired? Unsettled? Appalled? Surprised? Is there something you are bursting to say? Did a story form in your mind as events unfolded?
We are looking for 5-10 minute scripts for film, TV, radio or online in response to the five days from the 7th to the 11th May 2010 that we can publish on our website. We're not looking for scripts to make - we're looking for a rapid response we can post online.
The story can be in any genre but it must be drama or a comedy with a story and with something to say. We want an original response to these five days in May. We want a unique perspective. Compelling characters. Contained stories that pack a punch.
Up to three of the best scripts will be posted on the Writersroom website as the fastest possible response to election fever and fervour.
Email your script with the subject heading "Five Days in May" to: firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC Writersroom: Five days in May
(3 posts) (2 voices)
I thought it was funny how all the fringe parties sniffed power in the event that they could be part of a coalition with Labour. I noticed that the behavious of their leaders changed immediately and they adopted a much more bullish attitude - exactly what they all said they hated about the traditional parties. I've had a quick bash at looking at this from Plaid Cymru's angle and it's posted below.
It's not very polished, but could it form the basis of a coalition article from other contributors?"
“You join us tonight outside Plaid Cymru headquarters in Cardiff where the atmosphere can only be described as frantic. For the first time in years there’s a real chance that fringe parties will influence government policy in return for political support and Plaid Cymru is now at the heart of those negotiations.
And here’s the man of the moment, Ieuan Wyn Jones the leader of the Welsh national party. Mr Jones, as Wales watches the unfolding events, can I ask you what you plan to do if you form part of a coalition government?”
“It’s by no means certain that we will be part of the next government, and negotiations are continuing with both parties, but what I can say is that we’ve the interests of the Welsh nation at heart and have made it clear that unless those temporary traffic lights in Aberystwyth are moved by tomorrow evening there’s no chance of a deal.”
“But Mr Jones, I thought you might be arguing for full independence from London and the introduction of your own currency?”
“Those’re certainly part of our negotiating intentions but at this stage we need absolute confirmation that the temporary lights will be removed immediately as they’re blocking my Auntie Gwen’s driveway see.”
“Rumours from London suggest that Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg are on the cusp of announcing a coalition, and if that were to happen there would be no place for Plaid Cymru at the table. Is that right?”
“I think that a Plaid Cymru Scottish Nationalist Ulster Unionist Labour Liberal Democratic coalistion is still possible and if it forms it’ll be great news for all the unemployed sign writers in the valleys.”
“I’ve just heard that Nick Clegg and David Cameron have agreed a deal and will form the next government. What’s your reaction to this news?”
Jones (dialling number on mobile phone)
“I’m so sorry Auntie Gwen they won’t be moved this week. I promise to try again in 2015.”
“Thank you for your time Mr Jones. The people of Wales must now wait until the next election when they will have hope, once again, that Welsh issues will be taken seriously.
Dafydd Wigley, Plaid Cymru TV, Cardiff.”
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