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  1. 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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  2. 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 fallen by the wayside slightly due to real life encroaching. However, I had always kept my eye open for the opportunities in The Writers Room in case something took my fancy. It was during a casual check when I saw an advert for “Craic Off”; a competition aimed solely at Northern Irish writers who were asked to write a 15-30 min original comedy script. I mopped my perspiring brow as my attention was not only grabbed, but forcibly man handled, bundled into the back seat of stolen Citroën Saxo and driven off into the distance...
    First and foremost, I knew I wanted to the script to be set in...

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  3. 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 Writersroom

    We spoke to two members of the London Voices scheme, Max Katz and Stephen Hoo, about how they got on the scheme, their experience and what they will take away from it.

    What has been your writing journey so far?

    Max: My journey so far as a writer has led me to staged and rehearsed readings including the Royal Court, Soho, Young Vic and Edinburgh Fringe and informal attachments with Clean Break Theatre and the Royal Court. These theatre connections have been strengthened through relationships with Talawa Theatre, Islington Community Theatre, and Theatre503.

    I have been short-listed for...

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  4. 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

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  5. 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...

    Read more about Remember Me - writer Gwyneth Hughes

  6. 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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  7. 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...

    Read more about Mackenzie Crook on writing, performing and creating BBC Four's Detectorists

  8. 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...

    Read more about Harry and Jack Williams - the writing brothers behind BBC One's powerful drama 'The Missing'

  9. Squaring a Circle - Filming pilot online web-series InSecurity

    Monday 10 November 2014, 15:06

    Henry R Swindell Henry R Swindell Development Producer

    There is an adage/idiom/saying "you can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job" and I'm sure this particular 'Catch 22' is true of most careers but it's certainly true of 'meedja'. 

    InSecurity InSecurity - cast members Luke Bailey, Roberta Kerr, Peter Slater and Gary Damer.

    At BBC Writersroom we are always looking for ways to square this particular circle.  Although we work with writers at any stage of their career we often meet very talented writers who haven't yet written for broadcast.  It occurred to us how much talent and access to equipment and manpower the...

    Read more about Squaring a Circle - Filming pilot online web-series InSecurity

  10. The Passing Bells - an interview with scriptwriter Tony Jordan

    Wednesday 5 November 2014, 15:51

    Tony Jordan Tony Jordan

    The Passing Bells Michael (Jack Lowden), Thomas (Paddy Gibson) Image: BBC/Red Planet/Ola Grochowska

    What attracted you to writing the series? 

    I was interested in telling the stories of the young men who were sent to war, the really young men who lied about their age to be able to go. It meant something to me because I’ve got sons, and although they’re in their early twenties now I can certainly remember them in their late teens. I wanted to tell a story from their perspective, to show what it must have been like for a boy to be sent to the other side of Europe to fight in the most terrible war that has...

    Read more about The Passing Bells - an interview with scriptwriter Tony Jordan

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