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  1. The main thing is to believe writers know what their voices are, and if they are left alone, they will come through with something. There are a load of brilliant U.S. comedies: at the moment, I’m loving ‘Girls.’ People say the U.S. is more conservative; I think, actually, it is a bit looser here, but trends change.
  2. That is one thing I really hate about working in TV — you have to shape episodes to exact time-lengths, do like 22 minutes, and it is just so against what you are making.
  3. I can’t just lie in bed and be self-obsessed if there are two children running about who could easily fall down the stairs.
  4. I do use a laptop, but I’m very technophobic. I’ve never downloaded anything. I’ve never bought anything on Amazon. I’m really ridiculous. I don’t know what it is.
  5. I’d love to find a lifelong female film editor as Scorsese has with Thelma Schoonmaker. I think women are probably, without generalising, sensitive to subtle things as an editor.
  6. I’m sure all parents think their kids are funny, and I’m sure a lot of kids are, whether their parents are comics or not.
  7. I think most people, including me, like to read gossipy things about others: revealing things that I love to read but I don’t really want known about me.
  8. I think, in comedy, you only hit about one or two great characters in your career. Sometimes my character will be just a sketch… what is the funniest situation to put this person in?
  9. You have to be enough of a parent — you have to be there. If I’m feeling bad, I really do just have to get on with it and try and channel it back into my work somehow, do something positive with it.
  10. People could write stuff that’s really offensive, but if it’s written within a believable world that has a tone to it, then it can be funny. But if it’s just shock-value stuff, then it’s not going to work, because it’s not coming from a true place.
  11. I’m quite tactful, actually. I worry about whether people are all right. With my friends, obviously, conversations are quite free and uncensored, but I would never enjoy making someone feel uncomfortable at all.
  12. To me, if something makes you laugh, that’s heart-warming. It doesn’t necessarily have to be friendly; it might just be the weirdest thing ever. Laughing makes me feel better.
  13. I still think of things for ‘Jill’ all the time. It’s annoying, because I want to be able to find another character who I could write for indefinitely.
  14. I love watching programmes about food. I always think, ‘When I’m old, I’ll take up baking.’ There’s something calming about watching the recipe and thinking, ‘I’m going to make that’ — and it’s never going to happen.
  15. People say the comedy is so shocking, but if you read newspapers or look around generally — I mean, obviously I’m not writing about all the lovely things that there are, which I do see as well — but there is a lot of outrageousness around, slightly covered up. And obviously, it’s fun to take that a little bit further.
  16. As a child, I just found a lot of things quite difficult. I found school quite overwhelming. There were just too many people. I wish I could have gone to a school with about five people. And if I saw someone bullying someone else, for example — I don’t mean because I’m a perfect person, because I’m really not — but I’d always be, ‘Well, why?’
  17. With ‘Nighty Night’ series one, Oprah Winfrey’s channel took it on, so she must have liked it.
  18. My desktop is really chaotic, and I’m always trying to work out where I am going to put all these ideas.
  19. I would never say, ‘Ooh, let’s do something really dark.’
  20. I think I am generally prone to exaggerating characters, taking them to a ridiculous extent. But you do also meet those people in real life who are just really awful.

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