Production / Ideas & research

Scripting and writing

Putting your ideas into words can be tricky but ultimately rewarding. This section will help you understand more about the process of writing, the direction to take your work and the audience to aim for, with articles, videos and podcasts from top writers and commissioners in TV and radio.

Profession based dramas

How to create authentic drama around specific professions - three writers and producers share the secrets of the craft.

Writing sitcoms

From Absolutely Fabulous to The Thick of It, how do you go about creating the immortal characters that will make generations laugh for years to come?

Writing sketches

Tips on writing comedy sketches for TV and radio for the budding comedy sketch writers, with advice from the writers of Mitchell and Webb, The News Quiz and Armstrong and Miller.

Writing comedy & drama

How to get paid for doing what you love - we discuss getting into writing comedy and drama for radio and television.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: StrangeCast

An interactive guide to the making of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

A Brit abroad: working on drama in the USA

What are the differences between working on an American and a UK TV production?

Sarah Solemani: writing comedy and drama

How easy is it to go from acting to writing drama or comedy? Sarah Solemani, star of Bad Education and Him and Her, talks about her writing for BBC One's The Secrets and beyond.

Creating radio drama

No sets, no make up, no lights, but painting vivid pictures in listeners’ minds for over ninety years – Hazel Marshall and guests pull back the curtain on radio drama.

Richard Curtis: comedy masterclass

Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Four Weddings and a Funeral: these classics have placed writer Richard Curtis at the heart of British comedy. He joins us to talk punch lines, characters and creating comedy gold.