Written by Robert Popper (former commissioning editor at Channel 4 and producer of Peep Show). From the Evening Standard…
The series has its roots in Popper’s time as a Channel 4 commissioner, when he backed hits such as Black Books and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. He regaled colleagues with stories of visits home with his brother for the traditional Jewish Friday night dinner. They told him he should do something with the tales some day.
Ritter, the father of the Goodman family who drinks ketchup straight from the bottle and wanders the house topless, is based on Popper’s own dad. The writer told how when Mr Popper saw the preview, he said: “Yes, that’s me.”
Most is pure invention: “I’m not writing my family, it’s vaguely like my family. There’s something that happens with grandma and a dog that definitely didn’t happen in real life.”P
Popper explains some of his top ‘familyisms’ here. For entertainment, comedy, prank calls and random musings visit Robert Popper’s blog at www.robertpopper.com
Neuro-marketing = scary prospect. But interesting program looking at what elements make a good film, story etc. There’s one guy who says that there are basically 7 universal story themes which all books/stories ever written have been based around. They also do lots of brain scans to measure how our brains react to certain film scenes and see which bits we find scariest and they show the difference between men and women’s brain responses to a James Bond film.