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 Drama news
BBC Teach wish to commission a series of short films to complement its existing computer science related content. The deadline for initial proposals is 21 June 2017
Head of Music Commissioning for television Jan Younghusband is interested in a new popular music series for Friday nights on BBC Four for transmission in 2018 or 2019.
Read up to date commissioning priorities for BBC One, Two and Three.
Hugh Grant is to return to British television screens for the first time since the early 1990s as the disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe, who in 1979 was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott. The 3 x 60 minute production is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Stephen Frears.
Latest BBC Writersroom opportunities
Theatrefullstop seeking spoken word, songs, short plays and monologues. Deadline 27 June
Three opportunities with Writers Avenue
Open to writers of 18-30 years. Multiple deadlines available in 2017
Creative Future Literary Awards
£10,000 worth of cash and writer development for poetry and fiction. Deadline 26 June
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