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.

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.

Profession based dramas

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

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.

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.

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.

Jed Mercurio: In conversation

How the writer of Line of Duty, Bodies and Critical creates television programmes and builds realistic characters

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.

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.