Are you are in the right place? This page explains what to do if you are a member of the public with an idea for a new TV programme.
Programme development and production requires an in-depth understanding of the television process. The BBC simply does not have the resources to support individuals through this process as it can take many months or even years to develop a successful idea and will often involve multiple people
BBC Entertainment is the only BBC department to accept unsolicited programme ideas from members of the public. To find contact details, tips for writing a proposal and to check if your idea fits into this category please see the attached document Writing a Poposal for a New Entertainment Programme.
The BBC do not accept proposals for any other genre of programming from members of the public.
The BBC Writersroom aims to discover and develop new writing talent for Drama and Narrative Comedy. Visit the website to find out how to get in touch and for advice about writing and delivering scripts.
BBC Fresh Online gives upcoming Factual filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their short form work on a BBC platform with the chance to be featured on BBC Three. If you’re over 16 find out how to submit.
Check out the BBC Careers website for the latest job opportunities.
The BBC College of Production is a free online learning resource for radio, TV and online production offering videos, podcasts and articles from broadcasting innovators and experts and is a great place to find further advice and tips.
If you are a member of the public with a programme idea you could work with an independent production company to get your idea to the screen. An independent production company will provide the support and expertise needed to realise your programme idea.
When researching what company to contact it’s a good idea to watch programmes similar to your idea and note down the name of the production company from the end credits.
The majority of these companies do not accept unsolicited ideas from members of the public so please contact them first to check before sending them your idea.
PACT, the industry body representing the independent sector publishes a directory of their members which is a useful resource for contacting relevant companies.
Broadcast is a weekly magazine for the TV and radio industry which provides news on commissioning, production, facilities and technology and can be a useful point of reference.
The Broadcast Production Guide can provide information to help you find production companies amongst other useful film and TV contacts.
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