Success as a screenwriter is measured by new TV shows

Award-winning screenwriter Gao Mantang discovered that he was reluctant to go into his study and start writing a script every morning for a long time. Alternatively, he would play with his pet, make a cup of tea, or check his phone. But surprisingly, the television show Always on the Move made him stop putting off writing, so he could once more relish the ecstasy of inspiration striking and creativity racing forward. Gao recently recounted the creative process at a symposium in Beijing, saying that he had a great time drafting the script for the 39-episode drama.


When Wang Xin, a novice police officer, embarks on his first patrol on a speeding train in northeastern China in 1978, the narrative picks up steam. Chaos breaks out as they become quickly entangled in a hunt to capture a robber who steals money intended for a man’s fiancĂ©e. Wang finds himself pursuing an arrested man on the train who turns out to be an innocent police officer; in the end, the man ends up being Wang’s closest friend and mentor. The play spans forty years and tells the story of how the two men, committed to protecting the lives and belongings of travelers, also see the system’s dramatic change from steam locomotives to computerized trains and fast-moving bullet trains in China.


According to television project tracker Kuyun, the drama broke ratings records when it debuted on CCTV-8 in February and became the most watched drama during its prime time period. Additionally, it was streamed on iQiyi, where it attracted 29.8% of all viewers and became the most watched drama there. It has also generated some popular issues on the internet, as demonstrated by the 15.5 billion views on Douyin for relevant short films and the over 2.5 billion clicks on Sina Weibo for similar topics.

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