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BBC Writersroom's Anne Edyvean talking to screenwriter Kay Mellor
On Monday 18 July BBC Writersroom held their TV Drama Writers' festival, a spectacular event bringing together established and emerging television writers alike. Anyone with a television broadcast credit was welcome to attend the day which was hosted by UAL Central St Martin’s in London’s Kings Cross. This year the theme – put forward by keynote speaker Kay Mellor - was “Unheard Voices”.
I’ve been to Writersroom TV Drama Festivals before and there’s only one problem with them: my inability to clone myself and be in two places at once. As you’ll see from the full list of sessions at the bottom, there were an array of well-known writers talking on an wide list of subjects. And with some sessions happening simultaneously decisions had to be made. BBC Blue Room were also in attendance showcasing some of the work they are doing that would be of interest to writers.
This blog is a round-up of the sessions I attended – Chatham House Rules apply as the event is intended to be a safe space...
BBC Three's Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared sees reporters Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro launch a detailed and serialised investigation into a teenage boy who mysteriously vanished on the Isle of Wight 20 years ago. Here the pair answer questions about the investigation and the series.
What made you want to investigate Damien’s case?
When we came to this story, over a thousand people had already been involved in the police investigation; they had taken hundreds of witness statements, reviewed thousands of documents. Yet the case remained unsolved. That’s extraordinary. But this story is about more than a missing boy. It was about the ripple effect that occurs after an event like this – and a family and a community coming to terms with this kind of grief - it's called "ambiguous loss".
Because no one actually knows what happened to Damien, his family have been left with a very complicated grief – there is no body, no grave, and no closure. That’s a very hard thing...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
A round-up of BBC announcements and press releases and blogs, plus some highlights from our TV, radio and online output last week.
John Thomson and Sarah Hadland to star in BBC One Daytime’s new adaptation of mystery adventure classic The Moonstone.
It was announced that Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of this year’s BBC Young Musician, will be the subject of a BBC Four for BBC Music (1x60) documentary, Young, Gifted And Classical (working title), along with his six musically gifted brothers and sisters, Sheku also blogged this week about his win.
Meanwhile, BBC Three launches Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared, a real-life investigation into the twenty-year-old case of a British teenager's disappearance.
A new CBBC series, The Zoo (working title), is set to...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Last night’s Strictly Prom featuring the nimble footwork of Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham is broadcast on BBC Four later tonight. For some of us who slavishly work our way through the summer using the Proms brochure as a guide, the party atmosphere in last night’s concert was an early Last Night of the Proms – a little treat at the end of the first week of concert-going.
There should be more...
Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development
Following our award-winning coverage of London 2012, which saw over 90% of the UK population watch the Olympics on the BBC, we will again be at the heart of the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, delivering blanket coverage from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games across TV, radio and online.
On TV, there will be over 550 hours of coverage from Rio on BBC One and BBC Four. We’re expanding the hours of BBC Four across all platforms so that it starts from 1pm in the afternoon and runs through to 2am, offering live coverage of key events in Rio.
We’ll also be delivering many more hours of content...
Winner of BBC Young Musician 2016
Winning BBC Young Musician 2016 still feels very fresh and exciting. That evening in the Barbican, playing in front of such a wonderful audience, will stay with me forever. And from the moment my name was called out, my life has changed enormously.
I gave a couple of concerts shortly after the BBC YM finals that I had already booked prior to the competition which were really enjoyable to...
Editor, BBC Radio Devon
HRH Duchess of Cornwall at the new BBC in Plymouth
It’s not often the story comes to you, but today it has. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is stopping by for a tour of the BBC’s new multi-million pound broadcast centre here in Plymouth. Local dignitaries are camped out in our conference room, and they’re all looking through the window into the radio studios where I am about to spend 10 minutes with HRH showing her the studio. No pressure.
Executive Producer, Gardeners' World
Despite a wet winter, snow in April and a distinct lack of sunshine it’s been a good year for gardening. The teams behind Gardeners’ World and the Flower shows have been working tirelessly to bring the very best in gardening and horticulture to our loyal viewers. We produced almost 13 hours of coverage from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in all its glory and then followed it with 2 1/2 hours...
Head of BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
"Our people were the media until people got radios and televisions and telephones. We were the walking people, the Pavees" - the words of Thomas McCarthy – an award-winning Irish Traveller and singer speaking and performing at BBC Outreach’s Media on the Move conference.
Thomas was talking and singing about a time when Gypsies in Ireland told the news of the day, walking from place to place and made welcome by the people they visited: the name Pavee gives a clue, its origins the same as pavement.
As a contrast, in more recent times, the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community have become...
Director of Homepage & myBBC
If you’re anything like me and a massive sports fan, this summer has the perfect line up. With Andy Murray winning Wimbledon along with Wales’ triumph at the Euros (I grew up there – so not just riding the glory wave) it’s got off to a great start. And, with the Olympics starting in just under two week’s time, it’s about to kick off all over again.
Our goal is to make this year’s summer of sport and live events the best ever, by making it more personal and relevant to you.
Over 7 million of you have signed into the BBC in just over a year – and over a third of you come back on a...