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Take Five with Judith Holder

Judith Holder has an impressive track record as a Producer/Executive Producer of network TV since the 1980s.  Twice BAFTA nominated, her career includes originating such landmark television as sending Joanna Lumley to a desert island, reuniting the children from The Sound of Music and having Victoria Wood look at the diet industry.  She both wrote and produced the Grumpy Old Women series for BBC2, wrote the Grumpy… spin off books, and with Jenny Eclair co-wrote the three stage shows which have been international hits.  Amongst other projects, she has a monthly column, Grey Pride, in Sarah Millican’s Standard Issue Magazine.

Her own bio reads: 60 year old vintage comedy writer seeking respectable/disreputable employment in lieu of pension and in danger of spending too much time gardening which as we all know eventually leads to buying something in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. 
All offers considered. 

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do? 
Making people laugh. It never fails to move me and make me feel properly clever. 

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why? 
So many. From Dali to Ian Dury with my current absolute idol being Grayson Perry - how does he manage to get it so right?? while being utterly original.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Writing for a living involves marrying well or effectively winning the lottery. 

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it? 
Walk. Swim. Hoover. Something physical. 

And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why? 
Ooh interesting question. A big divide between what I would like to be - as in red leather heeled and sexy tango ready, and in reality what I need which is flat, comfy and not too frumpy. Says it all really. 

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