What We Do

We discover, develop and champion new and experienced writing talent across the whole of the UK.

BBC Writersroom is a cross-genre department for scripted content. We work with Drama, Comedy, Children's, Radio, Online - and others.

We work with and develop both new and experienced writers.

We are part of BBC Commissioning, sitting within BBC Public Service. We work in partnership with BBC Studios, as well as independent production companies across the UK.

Where We Are

BBC Writersroom works with writers across the UK from our bases in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.

Meet the Team and find out which staff are based in your area

Visit our blog for the latest news and updates, including news from our teams in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Salford.

Map of the UK with BBC Writersroom's office locations

How we work with writers

BBC Writersroom is the public face of the BBC to the UK writing community, online and in the real world. Our focus is developing scriptwriters working in the English language. We run targeted Writers' Groups, support talent initiatives, offer career and script advice, and champion the writers we work with. We look for unique voices, identifying and developing talent through our schemes.

In partnership with BBC Studios production, BBC production departments and independent production companies we run:

Read more about our Successes

 

BBC Writersroom within the BBC

Addressing specific Production needs

We run regular writers' residentials for many different genres, for example Radio Drama, Radio Comedy, BBC Children’s and TV Drama using expert mentors and industry professionals.

BBC Writersroom staff attend development meetings and work as an internal agent, suggesting writers for specific projects. We also run other workshops on request (for example on storylining with the Natural History Unit).

The development of writers for the BBC's Continuing Dramas (EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, River City and Doctors) is managed by BBC Studios through the BBC Studios Writers' Academy. We support BBC Studios, with application windows advertised on our Opportunities page and entries via our online E-submissions system.

 

A Lab for New Forms of Storytelling

The award-winning The Last Hours of Laura K was a pioneering 24-hour long immersive drama, which placed the audience at the heart of the story. It was developed at a BBC Writersroom residential and subsequently produced by us.

We also work with other BBC Production departments including Research and Development to explore fictional storytelling using new forms of technology and social media.

Find out more and try two recent AI storytelling projects on the BBC Taster website.

BBC Writersroom within the Industry

In addition to BBC in-house, we work in partnership with BBC Studios and independent production companies across the UK.

For our TV Drama Writers' Programme, writers are placed with independent production companies to develop their first original script commission.

Other recent partnerships with companies across the industry include:

We welcome approaches from Independent companies who have a track record of making quality Drama and Comedy for broadcast, and a history of supportive and creative relationships with writers. We would be happy to meet and discuss whether we could support your scripted development slate for the BBC.

Watch an interview with Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom) in December 2017

Contact us

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