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  1. Merry Christmas from BBC Writersroom - Script Room dates 2015

    Monday 22 December 2014, 12:15

    Kate Rowland Kate Rowland BBC Creative Director of New Writing

    Seasons greetings from all at the BBC Writersroom!

    Robin in the snow 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 your part and joy and disappointment on our part - not necessarily in equal measure! We have come across some fantastic writers who we had no knowledge of before, and are now involved with us in different ways.

    This was the first time we split the year into genre based Script Room windows, which in the main worked.  But when we looked at the way we broke it down we questioned whether it was the best approach.  So we have decided to fine tune the system and simplify further.  In the spring we will have a Comedy window, and in the autumn a Drama one.  This means that whatever platform your Comedy script has been written for - TV, Radio, CBBC or Film, you can submit your script to the first window, which will go live on March 9th 2015 and close on April 2nd 2015. The same will apply for the autumn Drama window - whether TV, film...

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  2. Writing Crime Drama - including Silent Witness and CSI

    Friday 19 December 2014, 12:09

    Ed Whitmore Ed Whitmore Writer

    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 Silent Witness - Series 18

    Can you describe your writing journey?  Is it something that you always wanted to do? How did you get your first break?

    I left university with the ambition of becoming a director and naturally assumed working as a runner would somehow get me there.  Then a kindly Third AD told me I was wasting my time and the best two routes to directing were through writing or cinematography.  As I had an English degree, writing felt like the better route so I enrolled in a screenwriting course at Birkbeck, devoured all Syd Field-type books I could get my hands on and watched Chinatown about a hundred times while living on the dole in Kilburn.  Eventually all that led to work writing script reports for  a production company, Portobello Pictures, who were then making Dalziel and Pascoe for the BBC.  I began to contribute a few rewrites here and there and finally got to write an...

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  3. BBC Films

    Tuesday 16 December 2014, 13:36

    BBC Films BBC Films .

    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 Oppenheimer, the Commission Executive. Funded by the licence fee, our remit is to support and bolster the British film industry and, working in partnership with UK and international producers, we co-produce approximately eight feature films a year.

    mrs_browns_boys_dmovie_brendan_ocarroll_supporting_cast_1.jpg Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie

    We aim to make strong British films with range and ambition, and with titles as diverse as box office smash Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, BIFA award-winning Pride, and the forthcoming adaptation of the National Theatre’s experimental verbatim musical London Road, we strive to serve as wide an audience as possible. Our back catalogue...

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  4. The Craic Off Experience

    Tuesday 9 December 2014, 11:18

    Jeff Hare Jeff Hare Writer

    Standing with Popcorn
    Before this opportunity, I had been writing for years. Several attempts at getting the breakthrough had led to me making contacts in UK, Scotland and Ireland. I’d got to the redraft stage on two occasions, had a script discussed at a production meeting and been continually encouraged and told I had talent. However, all I had to show for my writing career was the odd online article here and there, a double page cancer awareness article in the city newspaper and, of course, my sarcastic status updates on Facebook; the refuge of all frustrated writers.
    In the last three years, my writing had...

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  5. The London Voices writers group

    Friday 5 December 2014, 15:02

    BBC Writersroom BBC Writersroom .

    "We came up with the London Voices writers group as an opportunity to bring together ten writers whose original voices reflected the dynamic mixture of people in the city of London. These were writers whose work we had come across through readings and unsolicited scripts. They were mostly quite early in their careers and keen to work across all mediums. The course was designed to expose them to writing for as many of these mediums as possible and give some very clear tools to write for them. We hope they will all thrive with this useful information."

    Abigail Gonda, Development Producer for BBC...

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  6. From Script Room to shadowing Radio 4's World War One drama, Home Front

    Monday 1 December 2014, 12:13

    Khush Chahal Khush Chahal Writer

    Back in May I was on holiday in sunny Cyprus and nervously awaiting an
    email from BBC Writersroom to see if I had been successful for Script Room
    4. I can’t tell you how nervous I was, especially as I knew the email was
    coming. I had no access to the internet and considering all those who had
    entered my chances of getting through were slim. My writing experience up
    until then had been writing small pieces for theatre, which had began as part
    of a project from Birmingham Repertory Theatre. I became part of a writers
    group called Cucumber and we began to stage our little pieces in and around
    Birmingham...

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  7. Remember Me - writer Gwyneth Hughes

    Friday 28 November 2014, 14:28

    Gwyneth Hughes Gwyneth Hughes Writer

    Editor's Note: The BBC TV Blog spoke to writer Gwyneth Hughes about her new spooky Sunday night drama, Remember Me, starring Michael Palin.

    We took the opportunity to slip in a couple of questions about Gwyneth's writing career and advice ...

    Jodie Comer, Mark Addy and Michael Palin star in this spooky drama Jodie Comer, Mark Addy and Michael Palin star in Remember Me

    What was your journey into becoming a writer?

    I started out as a newspaper reporter, on the Sheffield Morning Telegraph. Then I went to Yorkshire Television to work on the local news programme. After that I became a director of documentary films. So I have always told stories, in different ways...

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  8. Inner Voices: How Writers Create Character

    Friday 28 November 2014, 12:49

    BBC Writersroom BBC Writersroom .

    Editor's Note: The latest podcast published by the BBC Academy investigates the mysterious process of giving life to characters - BBC Academy Producer, Helen Hutchinson explains.

    Miss Havisham Miss Havisham (Gillian Anderson)

    "We all have one. That inner voice that talks to us. Our constant companion, our own personal radio service. But the dial is stuck. The only station we can hear is ours.

    One of the reasons why stories are so powerful is because they allow us to discover other worlds.

    Writers spend their lives creating and exploring other psyches. I have always been fascinated by how they develop believable...

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  9. Mackenzie Crook on writing, performing and creating BBC Four's Detectorists

    Wednesday 19 November 2014, 16:33

    Mackenzie Crook Mackenzie Crook Writer and Actor

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    Mackenzie Crook in Detectorists Mackenzie Crook as Andy in Detectorists (BBC/Lola Entertainment/Channel X)

    What is your writing background?  Have you always written alongside acting?

    I started out doing character comedy on the stand up and cabaret circuit. Over the first couple of years I wrote material and cobbled together a five-minute open spot, then ten minutes and eventually the tried and tested twenty minute routine needed to get proper paid gigs in the clubs.

    Soon after I’d managed that I got a regular compère spot at a cabaret club in Deptford. It was quite a popular club for a few years and attracted a good...

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  10. Harry and Jack Williams - the writing brothers behind BBC One's powerful drama 'The Missing'

    Thursday 13 November 2014, 14:06

    BBC Writersroom BBC Writersroom .

    Harry and Jack Williams Harry and Jack Williams

    How did you both get into writing – was it something you both had an interest in growing up?

    [Harry] Our father is a writer and would make up stories when we were younger, and so it’s something we just grew up with. [Jack] I’ve always wanted to write since I was five and started out doing bad short stories.

    What path have you taken to where you are now?

    [Jack] I worked at a TV production company as a script editor for a while, where I read a lot of scripts and decided maybe writing TV would be better than the novels I couldn’t sell. When I was 25 I wrote a comedy...

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