Staff writing challenge raids BBC sets

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If Casualty's emergency ward sets your creative pulse racing, or the One Show sofas plant the seed of a hilarious sit-com, then you might want to consider a new staff writing challenge.

Budding scriptwriters are invited to pen a short script that takes place on one of four BBC sets - Casualty, One Show, the CBBC Office or the CBeebies house.

BBC iCreate (BBC Production's ideas-sharing website) and BBC Writersroom (which develops writing talent for the industry) have come together for the new 'Smash and Grab' campaign.

'Smash and Grab offers new writers the opportunity to be bold, imaginative and entertaining,' says the Writersroom's Kate Rowland.

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It will raid the BBC's fantastic sets during downtime to make original stories in familiar places that will surprise and challenge the audience in weird and wonderful ways”

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'It will raid the BBC's fantastic sets during downtime to make original stories in familiar places that will surprise and challenge the audience in weird and wonderful ways.'

Masterclasses

Entries should be between five and ten minutes (roughly equivalent to pages) long and can be either drama, thriller, comedy, science fiction, sit-com or rom-com.

Scripts will be judged by Rowland and Pat Younge, Television Production's chief creative officer who launched iCreate at the end of 2012, alongside representatives from the relevant genre.

The best submissions will be made into short films on the appropriate sets and posted on iCreate and Gateway.

Those unsure how best to translate their creative thoughts into sharp scripts can sign up for a masterclass on scriptwriting for short films.

Rowland will host a session in London's New Broadcasting House on September 18 (use the password - writersroom).

To sign up for the Salford masterclass, please visit 3 MEs; the session is listed under 'Creative Me' and 'Career Me'

BBC iCreate already has more than 1900 active users, with staff having submitted programme ideas on subjects ranging from young women's lives to gaming.

Users can also view and comment on all ideas or form groups to develop any suggestions.

Email innovationunit@bbc.co.uk to register for iCreate.

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