Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a fab film writer…she totally deserves to make a Killing – The Sun

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a fab film writer…she totally deserves to make a Killing – The Sun



I ONCE received an Emmy award for best unscripted television programme but sent someone else to collect it because I was too busy writing the script for the following week’s show.
It’s always annoyed me that writers are never really recognised for their contribution to a show or a movie, and that’s why I’m thrilled to bits that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been invented.
8 Phoebe Waller-Bridge, of Killing Eve, may be the first superstar writerCredit: EPA
Because she’s become something we’ve never really had before — a superstar writer.
She first came to our attention with Fleabag, which she followed up with the brilliant first season of Killing Eve.
Today, she’s busy writing the new Bond film, which means the second series of Killing Eve has been written by the equally talented Emerald Fennell. Who’s also making waves and creating column inches.
When it comes to writing genius, I reckon both are on a par with Jane Goldman who wrote Kick-Ass, and then the incomparable Kingsman.
8 Jane Goldman, who wrote Kick-Ass and Kingsman, is a script geniusCredit: PA
I mean, Colin Firth? In that church? Stabbing Bible-bashers in the throat? Scenes don’t get better than that.
I wish Austen had been strangled.
Today, it’s said Jane is writing the eagerly anticipated prequel to Game Of Thrones and I couldn’t think of anyone better.
Notice a trend here?
8 What makes Lost In ­Translation one of my all-time favourite movies is Sofia Coppola’s ­writingCredit: Kobal Collection – Shutterstock
There have been some extremely well-written Marvel films but I reckon the best has to be Guardians Of The ­Galaxy, which was penned by Nicole Perlman. Who’s a woman.
Then there’s Lost In ­Translation.
It stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson and that’s a pretty powerful combination, but what makes it one of my all-time favourite movies is the ­writing. And that was done by someone called Sofia Coppola.
Who, you’ve guessed it, is also a woman.
In the world of ­modern-day television and film, women are cleaning up.Jeremy Clarkson
As a rule, I’m not a fan of books written by female authors. I wish Jane ­Austen had been strangled by her umbilical cord, and that the Bronte sisters had all become miners or plumbers.
Oh, and then there are all those books by Daphne Du Maurier. I’d rather read the instructions on the back of a sick bag.
More recently, we’ve had EL James who wrote the dreary Fifty Shades Of Grey, and JK Rowling who came up with the completely unfathomable Harry Potter nonsense.
But in the world of ­modern-day television and film, women are cleaning up.
8 In the world of ­modern-day television and film, women are cleaning upCredit: Getty – Contributor
They’re not sitting on ­Twitter demanding better pay.
They’re sitting at their laptops, long into the night, and earning it. And I hope they’re being rewarded.
Because they’re putting some va-va-voom into what is easily the most important part of any production.
It’s not the direction or the acting or the battle scenes. It’s the writing.
THERE is a programme on TV at the moment called Love Island. I’m not interested in it.
Also, I went on a Tube train last week.
And I wasn’t very interested in that either.

Insta pic saved my girl’s eye
WE are forever being told that social media is a terrible thing because it’s a festering cesspool of bullying, racism and radicalised terrorists.
Yes, but this week my eldest daughter woke up with a poorly eye.
8 My daughter’s sight was saved after she posted a pic on InstagramCredit: Alamy
Being a child of the mobile phone generation, she immediately photographed it and put the picture on Instagram.
And straight after that, one of her followers said she should go to an optician’s.
She took this advice and the eye man sent her immediately to a hospital where she was diagnosed with scleritis – a serious disease that causes blindness if it’s not treated immediately.
So, the next time someone tells you that social media is a bad thing, the correct response should be: “Yes, it is . . .  sometimes.”

ACCORDING to reports this week, Britain could get six Chinese-made nuclear power plants which, it’s said, would boost sales of British goods in China.
This made me laugh because there’s no way in Chinese of saying “quid pro quo”.
You buy their stuff. At full price.
And then when you ask them to buy something you’ve made, they say they’re not interested because they hacked into your mainframe years ago, stole the plans for your product and are now making it themselves.

Give cameras the silent treatment
SO-CALLED “noise cameras” are being installed on Britain’s streets to catch people whose car exhausts are too loud.
Strange, isn’t it?
8 Noise cameras are being installed on Britain’s streets to catch people whose car exhausts are too loud
We don’t have enough money in the country to give an old lady a free television licence but we can afford equipment to catch someone who’s got his Porsche in “Sport” mode.
Frankly, I think they have the wrong target anyway.
I was in the Italian city of Siena last Friday and was knocked over (gently) by an electric taxi that I simply didn’t hear coming.
So if you are really going to fine people over noise, go after those who aren’t making enough of it.

FIVE years ago, at an airport in Milan, I arrived at the terminal door 17 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
And still made the flight.
It was my personal best.
But last weekend, I smashed that – catching a flight to Florence having stepped out of a taxi just 12 minutes earlier.

BAD news from the tropical island of Cuba.
Their 60-year experiment with socialism, led by Fidel Castro, has now gone so badly wrong that people are limited to two thighs of chicken a month and a choice every day of either rice OR beans.
8 At least Fidel Castro is socialism in the sunshineCredit: AFP
Still, at least they do have the sunshine.
Whereas here, when Corbyn’s lot get into No10, we will all be starving to death . . . in the rain.

FIVE years ago, at an airport in Milan, I arrived at the terminal door 17 minutes before the scheduled departure time. And still made the flight.
It was my personal best.
But last weekend, I smashed that – catching a flight to Florence having stepped out of a taxi just 12 minutes earlier.

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Police in jam over accident
AT around 1.30am last Friday, there was a nasty smash on the Hammersmith flyover in West London and, tragically, an elderly driver was killed.
Naturally, the police closed the road in both directions so that he and his injured wife could be dealt with sensitively.
8 Police closed the main road that connects Heathrow with London after an accidentCredit: Getty – Contributor
Quite right too.
But after they’d done this, they kept the road closed, right through half of the following day.
That’s madness.
This is the main road that connects Heathrow with London. So think how many meetings were cancelled and flights were missed.
I sat in one of the resultant jams for more than three hours, listening to the wail of ambulances that were also stuck.
Did anyone die because of the jams? It’s entirely possible. And God knows what would have happened if someone’s house had caught fire.
It would have been cinders by the time the fire brigade got there.
Yes, it’s possible that the people responsible for the crash will get themselves a fancy lawyer so the police need to make sure of their facts.
But that stretch of road is covered by CCTV. So they have the accident on tape.
And they have witnesses.
What they also have is an obligation to be sensible. To balance the need for evidence against the need to keep Europe’s biggest city moving.
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