Production / Ideas and 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.

Arthur Mathews: comedy masterclass

As creator of acclaimed comedy Father Ted, Arthur Mathews has carved his place at the top of British comedy. In this specially recorded masterclass, we hear about his route to success.

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.

Q&A: writing for medical drama

Does medical drama make your heart race? Some tips on how to write continuing medical drama from the team behind Holby City and Casualty.

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.

Profession based dramas

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

Writing comedy & drama

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

Scriptwriting for factual TV

Bring your story together and keep the production on track - this week's podcast examines how getting the script right can shape and save your factual production.

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.