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Sophie Cousens has worked in television for over twelve years, working her way up from Runner to Series Producer. She has produced, among other things, The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother, Ant and Dec, Russell Howard’s Good News and most recently Murder in Successville for BBC3. Sophie recently won the LoveAtFirstWrite competition, run in partnership with Corvus and LoveReading with her debut novel How to Get Ahead in Television.
Before launching into a Television career, Sophie gained a History Degree from Edinburgh University. She currently splits her time between London and Jersey, TV Producing and writing. She lives with her husband Tim and spends lots of time growing vegetables, baking cakes and yearning for a time when she will be able to own a miniature dachshund.
How to Get Ahead in Television
Poppy Penfold thinks she’s found the job of her dreams when she wins an internship at the UK’s biggest production company, RealiTV. But there’s a problem – there are two runners on the placement and only one job at the end of it. Her competition is Rhidian Drummond; highly competitive, irritatingly confident and infuriatingly good-looking…
Poppy and Rhidian must prove themselves on a range of TV shows such as Can Your Dog Do Your Job?, Changing Grooms and Strictly Come Prancing. With her parents dead-set against the idea of a career in show business, this is Poppy’s one chance to show she can make a go of it.
Unfortunately for Poppy, she’s not very good at a lot of the things a runner needs to be good at, namely: driving, getting people the right coffee, dealing with drunk and abusive celebrities, comforting comedians on the brink of a breakdown and capturing rampaging glitter-encrusted horses… As Poppy chalks up disaster after disaster, Rhidian can seemingly do no wrong and Poppy despairs she will ever win the job. Moving to London, working in TV, living with cool hipster flatmates - none of it turns out as Poppy expected, but then when is life ever what you expected?