Friday 31 October 2014, 11:02Charlie Perkins and Arnab Chanda
Wednesday 29 October 2014, 13:13
Monday 27 October 2014, 15:50
“We are delighted to be able to share some news about three initiatives being run by BBC in-house Drama to develop new writing talent. Vital to our work at the BBC Writersroom is the partnerships we have with internal departments, where we champion and promote talent. We have worked closely with BBC Drama to support these exciting developments and acted as consultants on all three schemes. They are targeted at writers who have already made the first important steps in their careers and have an existing body of exciting and innovative work. All three demonstrate how the BBC aims to support writers throughout their careers, from uncovering new talent in our open Script Rooms, through targeted talent searches and other writer initiatives including residential workshops and the annual TV Drama Writers’ Festival.”
Kate Rowland, Creative Director New WritingBBC Drama Production Writers’ Scheme - the nine writers on the scheme The BBC Drama Production Writers' Scheme
"The BBC Drama Production Writers’ Scheme was originally pitched to the former Head of Drama England, Kate Harwood, back in 2012. When the Writers’ Academy came to an end it was felt that BBC Drama needed...
Friday 24 October 2014, 11:40
Editor's Note: Following Olly Perkin's recent blog on the Casualty Writers Shadow Scheme, Laura Turner blogs for us about her experience so far on the equivalent scheme for Holby City. Shadow Schemes are run for writers on all the BBC's Continuing Drama shows: EastEnders, Doctors, Casualty and Holby City.
Filming Holby City
Writers write. Simple. Except writers also wait. And wait. For the phone to ring, their emails to refresh – and the past couple of months have been full of nervous excitement after applying for the Holby City shadow scheme. I’ve watched the show since its inception...
Monday 20 October 2014, 16:40Room to Write
So here I am, somehow, in the BBC, the home of most of the comedy I’ve loved since I was only yay high (imagine I am positioning my hand to indicate a low height, perhaps the height of a twelve-year old or a particularly ashamed man).
I’m one of the people lucky enough to have won a place on the BBC’s Room to Write scheme. Masterminded by Steven Canny and Laura Marks (BBC Comedy), Room to Write is setting out to find and develop the next wave of Scottish comedy writers. Twenty-two of us have made it this far, and as the scheme continues we must kill each other off with a...
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 16:28
Editor's Note: Writers Shadow Schemes are run for all the BBC's Continuing Drama shows - EastEnders, Doctors, Casualty and Holby City. They mirror the show's writing process by developing and producing an episode from which the writer will be assessed for a commission. Training includes workshops, lectures and exercises on storytelling and the show's format together with a formal induction and set tour. There are eight writers on this year's Casualty Shadow Scheme including Olly Perkin who blogs about his experience so far.
The Casualty Writers Shadow Scheme has been a great learning...
Friday 3 October 2014, 16:09
“Yeah, you should definitely be a Copywriter. That’s a great way of meeting loads of people who work in television.”
That’s what I was told four years ago, late one stuffy September evening, in Mexico City by a fellow traveller. “Really?” I replied, wide eyed at the prospect of how simple it was to infiltrate the perceived fortress of the television industry. “Yeah, pretty much every decent television writer starts off as a copywriter”. It seemed a watertight argument.
Fast forward a few months and back on home soil, I’d managed to get myself some regular freelance copywriting...
Tuesday 30 September 2014, 13:39The Secret Art of Script Editing
With long-running series like EastEnders and Coronation Street gracing our screens several times a week, writers have a tough task in keeping the story fresh and maintaining the audience's interest. So what role does the script editor play in the process?
Tuesday 23 September 2014, 14:43
In all my most recent shows – Exile, Talk To Me, The Street and Accused - I have created lead characters that are morally complicated. Lead characters that walk the fine line between good and bad, their behaviour is sometimes appalling, but in the next breath they are charming, funny, likeable. These characters are interesting to me – I don’t do good guys - I like characters that are difficult, characters that tell lies, characters that keep secrets, characters with flaws. So when Jim Poyser and myself came up with the idea for The Driver – a taxi driver who starts driving for a criminal...
Monday 22 September 2014, 12:55
Editor’s note: Marvellous is a new film about the extraordinary real-life story of Neil Baldwin - a man who refused to accept the label of learning difficulties and confounds all expectations. It will be on BBC Two, at 9pm on Thurs 25th.Marvellous, BBC Two: Toby Jones as Neil Baldwin
I was sitting in rolling fields in brilliant sunshine outside Stoke On Trent. An unlikely sentence, I know, but it gets unlikelier. A few yards away the industrious hum of film making could be heard. Sitting next to me was Neil Baldwin. He had an oversized clown’s shoe on his lap which he was signing for...