Production / Ideas & research

Pitching and development

The media industry thrives on creative thinking but there is more to it than just coming up with a good idea. This section looks at the process of creating and selling ideas, and ultimately turning them into a production.

Writing For BBC Radio Comedy

If you want to write comedy, what better place to start than this guide written by the producers and writers from BBC Radio Comedy.

The secret art of script editing

What do script editors do and why is the relationship with the writer so important? Corrie writer Ellen Taylor and BBC Writersroom's Henry Swindell tell us more.

Our War

A talk with the producers behind the hit BBC Three documentary which tells the story of the ten year war in Afghanistan through the eyes of the soldiers who have been fighting in it.


Getting the best out of your pitch - our guests share their tips on how to get noticed and make your pitch stand out from the crowd.

BBC Pitch: making pitching easier

Introducing BBC Pitch - a simpler and smarter way for in house and indie producers to send through ideas to commissioners, and for commissioners to manage them.

Pitching: handy tips for selling your idea

Got a great idea for a TV or radio show, but not sure how to sell it? It's all in the pitch - these five tips will tell you how to nail it.

Making the most of your ideas

That lightbulb moment: tips from the BBC’s Creative Leadership Programme on how to be more creative, harness your best ideas and make that killer pitch

Just a Minute

We hear from the producers who transferred the much loved radio comedy programme to the television screen.

Features and formats

Finding the next ground-breaking features show is the the holy grail of commissioning. A masterclass from the BBC Academy’s TV Fast Train event, May 2012.