Drama on BBC One
BBC One attracts a wide, naturally diverse audience and we need to ensure that we continue to offer a broad range of drama so that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Six or eight part dramas have a place alongside shorter serials, singles and established long-runners like EastEnders and Casualty.
Reaching and rewarding new types of audience is critical to us. Whilst ratings winners are important, programmes such as Our Girl, The A Word and Ordinary Lies speak to a younger demographic and bring in a new, more diverse and harder to reach audience. At the same time we want to challenge our viewers and the boundaries of BBC One by taking ambitious risks with edgier programmes such as Happy Valley and the up-coming Taboo.
Mid-week at 9pm remains a critical focus, but we are also keen to find mid-week pre-watershed returners that will attract a broad and loyal audience.
Saturday night at 7pm – the Doctor Who slot – is massively important, especially for younger audiences and we are always on the lookout for titles that can deliver on this scale, but the bar is very high.
Where are the opportunities available?
Limited availability in 2017/18 with more available in 2018/19 and beyond.
How should I submit my ideas and who should I pitch to?
All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre controller or commissioner.
Members of the public unattached to an independent production company or agent can not use BBC Pitch. Instead, please visit the BBC Writersroom for information about how to write for BBC Drama or the Ideas from the public page for further opportunities to work with the BBC.
Information reviewed 19 September 2016
Latest BBC Writersroom opportunities
2017 Papatango Prize for new writing
Seeking original, unperformed and unproduced theatre scripts. Deadline March 5
Carabosse Theatre Company
Welcoming short play submissions for ‘Real Ale and Drama Shots 5’. Deadline: March 6
Three opportunities with Writers Avenue
Open to writers of 18-30 years. Multiple deadlines available in 2017
BBC Essex Playwright of the Year
Seeking fifteen minute fictional radio play with an Essex connection. Deadline 31 March
Kenneth Branagh Award
Winning scripts to be performanced at Windsor Fringe Festival. Deadline 5 March.
Little Pieces of Gold showcase
Plays sought on theme of faith for Southwark Playhouse production. Deadline 15 March
FAB prize 2017
Prize for black, Asian or minority ethnic writers and illustrators for children. Deadline 6 April
Latest Drama news
New steers for suppliers include formats across BBC One daytime and afternoon quizzes along with family friendly pieces for school holidays.
Current commissioning needs are focussed on the returnable format and for the next few months his team will be almost solely focused on finding and backing the next ideas that can get to scale on BBC One and Two.
Further casting has been confirmed for Gunpowder, with Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, and Tom Cullen among those joining Kit Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss and Liv Tyler in BBC One’s new three-part television drama produced by Kudos.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content today announced Rose Garnett as the new Director of BBC Films.
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