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12/23/2003 08:20:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

December 23, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Russell Davies spoke last week to BBCi about the current state of affairs on the new series. When he heard about it, he "was delighted. To be absolutely honest, I was busy - making Mine All Mine, to be seen on ITV, February 2004 - and I presumed the phone call was about a vague, tentative chat with the BBC. So I ignored it! (You can waste your whole life in TV just chatting about projects, so I refuse chat-meetings.) It took me a couple of weeks to realise that this wasn't chat, this was real, and mine." He says the best piece of advice he's gotten is "from the country's finest writer, Paul Abbott. He always says, 'The only way to work, is to work.' We can all sit and dream and hope and despair, but the only way to solve any problem is to sit there and write. It's not magic." To read the interview, visit the BBCi site.