... It all started earlier this year with a new website, and an opportunity to breathe fresh air into a script system that had opened its doors to 50,000 scripts over more than 10 years. What we'd noticed is that the way we run our one-off talent searches seems to make everyone (us, the writers, BBC departments) happier, more excited, more successful than an interminably rolling 'unsolicited' system. (For evidence of this, see the CBBC show Wolfblood by Debbie Moon, which came directly out of our last CBBC open opportunity and is currently wowing younger audiences.) We don't see scripts as unsolicited - we see them as wanted, called for, welcomed. Only a tiny proportion progress all the way through any opportunity - but that doesn't mean we're not genuinely fired up about uncovering that tiny proportion as it comes through the door.

Script Room writers have a group chat with Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer, BBC Drama

On Tuesday, we welcomed through the doors of BBC Broadcasting House a group of 25 writers whose work had progressed through Script Room (first sift, second sift, full read, to final shortlist) and fought off competition from the other 1800 scripts submitted. They had written anything and everything from hi-concept TV Drama, to comedy-action-adventure movie, to downright strange sitcom, to intense stage play, to poignant radio drama, to boisterous children's show. The writers and the writersroom team spent time getting to know one another, dissected a current drama and sitcom we'd all watched, speed-dating (of sorts) with a range of BBC execs, producers and development people, and talking through what they want to do and how we might be able to help.

 

Script Room writers have a group chat with David Hunter, BBC Drama Producer

Some of the writers will be recommended straight to BBC people/departments, some will come back for other tailored development sessions, some we'll read more scripts, some we'll help develop future scripts. The ball is also firmly back in their court as to how they move forward - our job will be to help and encourage them where we can.

The Brothers Lynch - Script Room writing duo, having an interview about their experiences

In the meantime, the next Script Room doors are open and scripts are already steadily trickling through... (Or is that another flood of scripts I can see coming towards us?)

Ps. If you have a radio drama or a radio comedy, make sure you send it to the Writer's Prize rather Script Room this time round ... !

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by LaGrange

    on 12 Nov 2012 12:55

    I submitted a script in the recent Writersroom round. It was delivered (and signed for) on 10/10/12, but I have not received confirmation of receipt from you. Should I be worried ?

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Susan Mac Nicol

    on 11 Oct 2012 07:36

    Hi Paul. Yes, 100% own and original work and publisher fine with it. I'll forge on then..

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 10 Oct 2012 13:19

    Susan - you may adapt your own work so long as it's all your own original work in the end. (Though you may wish to check that this is ok from the point of view of your publisher?)

  • Comment number 16. Posted by Susan Mac Nicol

    on 10 Oct 2012 12:39

    Hi
    I'm wanting to convert a novel I've already published into a script. Is this acceptable?

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 3 Oct 2012 19:02

    bendler - well, my honest advice would be that unless you have plenty of time (and head space) to commit to both in the coming weeks, i would suggest concentrating on just one of them with a view to submitting to the Writer's Prize, rather than trying to finish both for the two different opportunities. Script Room will continue to reopen in other windows - The Writer's Prize won't ...

  • Comment number 14. Posted by Bendler

    on 3 Oct 2012 15:57

    Hi Paul, I have two different radio scripts I'm working on. I take it I can still send one in to the scriptroom?!

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 3 Oct 2012 11:59

    Craigie - if it's a drama series or serial then it needs to be the pilot episode - if it's a classic sitcom then it need not be the 'first' episode (Fawlty Towers episodes could have transmitted in any order ...)

  • Comment number 12. Posted by Craigie

    on 3 Oct 2012 10:48

    I have three episodes, is it essential to send episode 1 or can I pick a different?

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 3 Oct 2012 09:37

    Mr Midnight - keep it simple, try to get across the heart of the show, the genre, the feel, the world, the form/format, the hook of it for an audience, and what it is that drives it forward as a show - the series engine. keep further episode outlines/ideas simple, we mainly need to know where the show is going, where it will end up, and how it will get there dramatically.

    laurawaurakins - formally, i think, you can submit it - but you need to ask yourself (and it) what were the reasons it didn't make it through before - and remember, the initial sifting assessment stages will be much the same for the Writer's Prize as for Script Room. don't just send the same script in ...

  • Comment number 10. Posted by laurawaurakins

    on 2 Oct 2012 21:13

    Hi, I realise once you have had a knock-back with a script to writersroom, you can't re-submit after editing. That said, (and I'm almost embarrassed to type this, because I'm pretty sure the answer is no), is it possible to enter a script that was knocked-back in the spring round into the Writer's Prize?

    Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere. Apologies for the shamelessness inherent in my question.

    L

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