Inside the Writersroom Podcast

Category: Drama
New podcast series of up-close-and-personal interviews with the UK’s most brilliant writing talent.

BBC Writersroom - the BBC’s department for developing and nurturing new writing talent - has released a podcast series, Inside The Writersroom.

It features up-close-and-personal long-form interviews with some of the UK’s leading television drama writers, including Jed Mercurio (Line Of Duty, Bodies), Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax), Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This Is England), Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, The Witness For The Prosecution), Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling) and Marlon Smith & Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan (Run, New Blood).

Recorded inside the room where they write, each writer is asked the same 20 questions by BBC Writersroom’s Abigail Gonda, laying bare their habits, habitats and stories of disappointment and success. These podcasts give a unique insight into the process of some of the country’s most brilliant writers.

Over six fascinating conversations, Jed Mercurio gives advice on how to become a showrunner; Sally Wainwright reveals what inspired her to write; Sarah Phelps talks about adapting Agatha Christie and JK Rowling; Jack Thorne talks about his time on Skins and how important shows like this are for nurturing the next generation of drama writers; Dennis Kelly tells how a chance meeting in a pub with Sharon Horgan lead to Pulling; and Daniel Fajemisin Duncan and Marlon Smith on advise how to remain friends in a creative partnership.

Inside the Writersroom is available to download from BBC Writersroom website and iTunes from Wednesday 13 September.

Notes to Editors

  • Inside The Writersroom is produced and researched by Abigail Gonda, Development Producer for BBC Writersroom; editing and sound design is by Becky Smith, research is by Rosa Course and music is composed and performed by brass band Goldie Horn.
  • Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard will start filming later this year for BBC One; Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack (starring Suranne Jones) will start filming in 2018 for BBC One; Sarah Phelps has adapted Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence which currently filming and will air later this year on BBC One and Jack Thorne is currently writing His Dark Materials for BBC One.
  • BBC Writersroom discovers, champions and develops writing talent across the BBC, working with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, TV, Radio and Online.
  • BBC Writersroom is now part of the BBC’s in-house Commissioning arm, fulfilling an important part of the public service remit. It plays a unique role in supporting new and experienced writing talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and from across the UK, and working in partnership with all BBC Scripted Departments and the Independent Production community.