So … on the suggestion of Sharon Birch (aka @EffieMerryl on Twitter) I tweeted Alan Davies (@alandavies1) who passed it on to David Renwick. And half an hour later Alan Davies reported back as follows:
David said (via email) that if he’d scripted a coincidence like that in the show no-one would have believed it!
and I can see his point. Sometimes life is a lot stranger than you can possibly imagine. I’m now wondering precisely how many bizarre murder weapons there are left to discover, and if this is in fact numerically more than zero. And I’m actually quite glad that I wasn’t able to watch the actual episode last night, because I might quite possibly have had some kind of seizure.
But all credit to Alan and David for taking the time to get back to me.
Jon – it’s on iPlayer – go take a look, how can you not? 😉
And well done again.
I think I’m going to have to, aren’t I? And thanks again for suggesting I should tweet Alan Davies.
These coincidences do happen, Jon. A few years ago I wrote a novel called End Game for NaNoWriMo, which was later serialised and put up on Amazon Shorts as Mary Daniels’ End Game. In the novel (amongst other things) a black FBI agent was investigating the murder of the president, and it turned out that the First Lady was implicated.
Fast forward a year or so (and before my story was available on Amazon shorts) and my daughter, who had read my draft version, sent me a DVD over, saying ‘You must watch this mum’. It was called End Game and starred Cuba Gooding Jnr as a black CIA agent (rather than FBI) who was investigating the assassination of the president in which, you’ve guessed it, the First Lady (played by Anne Archer) was implicated.
The rest of the story was entirely different, as mine was set in the late 21st century, but I was astounded by this one similarity, including the title.
I think the point I’m trying to make is that if you’ve thought of something, the chances are someone else has thought of it too.
Absolutely. And then of course there’s the case of Groundhog Day.
Alan Davies tweeted you… *Blinks* I know there’s a larger story here, but that is so cool.
Isn’t it just? (BTW mega congrats on your forthcoming collection – I’m seriously jealous)