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  • Popcorn Award for New Writing - Longlist and Judging Committee Announced

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    Top row (left to right) Francesca Moody, Jonathan Yeo, Luke Thompson, Lydia Leonard Bottom row (left to right) Charlotte Colbert, Jack Rooke, Nainita Desai

    Popcorn Group have announced this year’s judging committee along with their longlist of new plays for the Popcorn Writing Award. Partnering for the first time with BBC Writersroom, Popcorn offers a prize fund of £6,000. Opening the door for emerging writers, BBC Writersroom are reading all of the longlisted plays and members of the BBC Drama Commissioning team will offer valuable one-to-one meetings with each of the playwrights. 

    Judging the award this year will be Bridgerton’s Luke Thompson (Hamlet, Almeida and West End; King Lear, West End), Olivier Award-winning producer Francesca Moody MBE (Fleabag, West End), celebrated portrait artist Jonathan Yeo, award-winning comedian Jack Rooke (Big Boys, Channel 4), star of stage and screen Lydia Leonard (Ten Percent!, Amazon/AMC; Wolf Hall, RSC), BAFTA and two-time Emmy and Ivor Novello nominated composer Nainita Desai, and award-winning director and artist, Charlotte Colbert

    The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is vital for launching the…

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  • Cornish Voices Concludes

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    Cornish Voices was a one-year screenwriting group created and run by BBC Writersroom, in partnership with Screen Cornwall.

    In 2021 we were lucky enough to work with some of Cornwall’s most exciting and promising writers. Cornwall is much more than a stunning holiday destination: it’s an area of huge socio-economic deprivation – something that visitors rarely see. It is also a Celtic nation with a unique culture and heritage, which is rarely represented on screen in a contemporary context.

    The aim of Cornish Voices was to bring through the voices of that culture and develop stories of contemporary Cornwall. At the same time, we provided training in craft skills, supported the development of TV and Radio/podcast ideas, demystified the business, set up networking events and introduced those writers to the wide range of opportunities offered in the broadcast industry.

    These emerging writers have all had a year of development and support from BBC Writersroom, focusing on writing for all…

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  • Mammoth Screen NI Writers Award - Winner Announced

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    We are delighted to announce Aislinn Clarke as the winner of the Mammoth Screen NI Writers Award.

    Aislinn’s idea was selected from an extremely competitive shortlist of four writers who each received a paid treatment commission to develop an original series idea with Mammoth Screen. Aislinn will now be given a paid commission to develop her treatment idea into a pilot script.

    The scheme was run by Mammoth Screen in partnership with BBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Commissioning to search for the most exciting writers with a strong connection to Northern Ireland to develop bold, original drama and comedy-drama television series for BBC network broadcast.  

    Mammoth Screen commented :

    “We hoped when we launched this Award with BBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Commissioning that we would find some really great writing talent, and we couldn’t be more impressed by the incredible talent of everyone who applied. Our four shortlisted writers all brought an original voice and very different…

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  • The Control Room

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    The Control Room is a gripping new three-part thriller written for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.  Award-winning writer, Nick Leather (Mother’s Day, Murdered For Being Different) talks about his latest show and reveals the inspiration for the drama.

    Watch The Control Room on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Sunday 17th July at 9pm

    Describe the story of The Control Room?

    The Control Room is…

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  • Becoming a BBC Writersroom Voice

    Katie Elin-Salt

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    All last week we announced the 69 writers who have been part of our five Voices development groups for 2022 across the UK.

    But how do you become a 'Voice'?

    We asked Katie Elin-Salt from the Welsh Voices to tell us about her writing journey to date and how that led to a place in the BBC Writersroom Welsh Voices 2022.

    Meet all the Voices writers for 2022 and find out more

    The Welsh Voices 2022 - one of BBC Writersroom's five Voices development groups around the UK.

    I always say I started…

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  • BBC Writersroom's Voices 2022 - Welsh Voices

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    Welsh Voices 2022

    All this week we've been announcing the names of the 69 writers who have been part of our Voices development groups for 2022. The final group (for purely alphabetical reasons) are the 13 Welsh Voices. Meet them all below and find out more.

    "It’s a real treat to be able to announce our Welsh Voices 2022. I hope these writers go on to do amazing things, because not only are they extremely talented,…

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  • BBC Writersroom's Voices 2022 - Scottish Voices

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    Scottish Voices 2022

    Today we're announcing the names of the 12 writers who were part of our Scottish Voices development group for 2022. In total 69 writers were part of our Voices groups this year and we're delighted to be announcing them all this week.

    "BBC Writersroom Scotland are incredibly excited to announce the 12 Scottish Voices we’ve been working with over the past few months. It’s been a real pleasure…

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  • BBC Writersroom's Voices 2022 - Northern Voices

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    Northern Voices 2022

    All this week we're announcing the 69 talented emerging writers from across the UK who have taken part in our Voices development programme for 2022. Today it's the turn of the 14 Northern Voices.

    "We’re delighted to announce the 14 writers we’ve been working with from across the North of England, over the past few months. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know this talented group of writers and…

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  • BBC Writersroom's Voices 2022 - London Voices

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    London Voices 2022

    All this week we're announcing the 69 talented emerging writers from across the UK who have taken part in our Voices development programme for 2022. Today it's the turn of the 13 London Voices.

    "We’re so pleased to introduce these super talented, passionate writers from London, who we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the last few months. They all delivered brilliant treatments with a…

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  • BBC Writersroom's Voices 2022 - Belfast Voices

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    Belfast Voices 2022

    It’s an immense pleasure to introduce you to our incredible Voices 2022 cohort. This year we have worked with 69 talented emerging writers from across the UK as they hone their craft skills and industry knowledge and apply their learning and creativity to the creation of treatment documents for new and original series ideas.

    Between March and June this year the writers have participated in a…

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