Philip - BBC Writersroom
Digital Content Manager
Today we’ve relaunched the BBC Writersroom website with a vibrant new look and also taken the opportunity to make the content on the site more accessible and hopefully easier to find.
Firstly a bit of background to why we’ve made these changes:
The BBC website consists mainly of 10 ‘Products’ which are connected to different areas of the BBC’s output – News, Sport, Radio, TV etc. (you can find out more about them on this blog by the BBC’s Director of Future Media, Ralph Rivera.)
The BBC Writersroom sits in an unofficial eleventh Product, which is known as ‘Corporate’, alongside areas like Careers, About the BBC, the Media Centre and the BBC Academy. All of the BBC Corporate websites are being moved to a single online platform, using the same content management system, called iSite 2, which is used by the rest of the BBC (you can find out more about that here.)
As far as we’re concerned at the BBC Writersroom this is great news for both us and you. It means technical support for our website is brought inside the BBC rather than relying on external developers. The system for updating our website and blog are now the same and the two are properly integrated with a clear…
Writer, Actor, Director
Editor's Note: The Writer's Prize is an innovative and prestigious new writing award for Radio Drama which ran for the second time in 2014. The scripts were judged by Jeremy Howe (Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Drama), Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director, New Writing) and award-winning writer Katie Hims. The winner is Christine Entwisle for her script Doyouwishtocontinue which has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4.
This is a strange position to be in. I have been asked to write a blog style piece on my experience of winning the BBC Writer’s Prize (I don’t even allow myself to write status updates on Facebook anymore – long story). People – real ones – will read it. This makes me feel a bit panicked. I may be writing this whilst partly lying down, but I am still panicked. In the same way that I am panicked at the thought that in May, people – yep, again, real people – will hear the words that I wrote as the sun streams through their kitchen windows on an idyllic spring afternoon… and they will think: blimey, Radio 4’s gone downhill a bit.
I’m not used to this. I’m used to the effort. I’m used to the rejection - no, actually, you never get used to the rejection but I am…
BBC Creative Director of New Writing
I just wanted to follow up and clarify a few key points after announcing changes to the Scriptroom submission system in the Christmas blog. We’ve had lots of comments posted, so thanks, it’s always good to hear your thoughts.
The unsolicited system has never been fixed and is always responding to changes in the broadcast landscape and also to BBC Writersroom priorities. At the end of the year it’s important for us to review what we‘ve done and explore whether we have made the best use of our resources and more importantly created the most effective system for all the writers we don’t know across the UK. The BBC Writersroom is a small team and as you are aware, like all areas of the BBC and public services, it faces a tough financial climate, so we are constantly having to examine our practices. However the other thing to stress is that alongside any internal BBC opportunities we continue to host those from across the industry and provide a unique service to all writers by posting such a rich diversity of content and opportunity.
BBC Writersroom e-submissions
When did you become familiar with Hilary Mantel’s books?
I remember reading A Place of Greater Safety in the early nineties and being utterly gripped by it, falling in love with the characters and feeling hugely impressed by its scale and sweep. I felt exactly the same way reading Wolf Hall for the first time.
What conversations did you and Hilary have before you started?
I think before I began writing there was an afternoon meeting - just to say hello and get to know each other a bit. But during the actual writing I was often in contact with Hilary, checking on her reaction to changes,…
The most exciting place for a writer who feels he/she has anything worthwhile to say about society at present is radio drama. It's accessible to anyone with a voice who can structure a dramatic tale; it offers a great platform for radical ideas, and a lot of freedom to the creative and imaginative.
Back in 1975 when I was commissioned by Tony Garnett to write the original Law and Order for BBC2 I had never written drama. The commission came about as a result of my first novel 'Sir, You Bastard', an original and controversial tale about endemic police corruption. I was living in Ireland…
The writer of Silent Witness, Tim Prager, will be answering questions in a live Q&A on Twitter after this week's episodes conclude on Tuesday 20th January at 10pm.
To take part tweet your questions for Tim using #SilentWitnessQA
Answers will be tweeted from @BBCwritersroom
You can also put questions in advance in the blog comments below. After the Q&A we'll publish all the questions and answers on Storify
Silent Witness - Series 18
In 2001, I was lucky enough to go and study at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television in Westwood, Los Angeles. The campus, which was bigger than most towns I’d been to at the time, was like Oxford University reimagined by Universal Studios. Here, Baz Luhrmann or Jodie Foster stopping by to do a guest lecture was as much to be expected as vending machines selling mini-doughnuts and never-ending flavours of iced tea. With a spectacular alumni list, it was also a place where writing and selling a Hollywood screenplay didn’t seem an unrealistic or even especially ambitious aim,…
BBC Creative Director of New Writing
Seasons greetings from all at the BBC Writersroom!
Robin in the snow
Script Room Dates for 2015
So the team and I have been thinking ...
During 2014 we ran ten different Opportunities where writers could submit their work. In total we received an extraordinary 10,000 scripts, which meant a phenomenal number of reading hours, blood sweat and tears on…
Editor's Note: Silent Witness returns to BBC One for its 18th series at 9pm on Tuesday 6th January. We took the opportunity to catch up with writer Ed Whitmore to ask about his journey to writing Crime Drama, which has also included Waking the Dead, Identity, Dalziel and Pascoe and CSI.
Silent Witness - Series 18
Can you describe your writing journey? Is it something that you always wanted to do? How did you get…
Editor's Note: As BBC Films approach their 25th anniversary we asked them for a brief introduction to their work and how to get involved. Keep an eye on our websites (BBC Films, BBC Writersroom) and @BBCwritersroom and @BBCFilms for news of forthcoming events to mark the anniversary.
BBC Films is the feature film-making arm of the BBC, established in 1980 with the production of Anthony Minghella’s Truly Madly Deeply. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary next year. We’re a small team based at New Broadcasting House, led by Christine Langan, the Head of BBC Films, and Joe…