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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.

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who and Sherlock

A must listen for budding writers everywhere. Doctor Who lead writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat talks openly about his writing career.

Free your imagination: scriptwriting

The new tax rules on making high end drama may mean new opportunities for writers. Can they be bolder and riskier than before? An expert panel discuss the impact on the industry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peaky Blinders: meet writer Steven Knight

Peaky Blinders is not your typical English period drama. Writer and creator Steven Knight tells us how the series came about and how the tough characters and gritty stories take shape.

Jimmy McGovern: in conversation

From early Brookside and Cracker to controversial Priest, writing rebel Jimmy McGovern joins The Writersroom’s Henry Swindell to talk about breaking rules, and finding the complexity in the simplest of plots.

Inner Voices: how writers create character

Do writers hear their characters as they write? Two top writers discuss the practicalities of character creation for TV and radio drama.