Abi Morgan

Benedict Cumberbatch, Abi Morgan and Lucy Forbes on New York puppet thriller Eric

At face value, Eric is another cop show, albeit one that features a giant walking puppet. But from the pen of RTS Fellow Abi Morgan – whose award-winning dramas include The Iron Lady, Sex Traffic and The Hour – the six-part Netflix series, which revolves around a missing child, is something entirely different, taking in addiction, childhood trauma, homelessness, Aids, homophobia and racism.

Abi Morgan's TV Diary

A headshot of the screenwriter Abi Morgan, a white woman with grey hair wearing a navy blue shirt

The SAG actors were still on strike as the awards season kicked in, throwing up a dilemma for the promoters of TV and film and press junket organisers. Those behind the camera were invited in. Screenwriters, costume designers, composers, make-up artists and production designers were rolled out for the film Q&As, and it proved exhilarating. It is a reminder that it takes a village to raise a great movie.