Our Partnerships - Inside and Beyond the BBC

Writing is re-writingPaul Abbott

Partnerships are vital to the way we reach writers.  We have a wide network and seek out new collaborations inside the BBC and across the industry, in order to fuel that industry.  It's all about creating more opportunities for writers - and supporting them on their roads ahead.

Beyond the BBC

Writersroom 10 was a group of emerging theatre writers. We asked theatres with a new writing profile to nominate up to two writers from which we selected ten writers to form a cohort who received a bursary, mentoring, workshops, masterclasses and opportunities to showcase their work. The second Writersroom 10 culminated in a read-through at Birmingham Rep in June 2015. Find out more

The Talawa Writers' Programme - a year-long development programme for three Black British writers at different stages in their career to write a new play and build networks across the entertainment industry.  Talawa Theatre is Britain's foremost Black-led theatre company.

The Trans Comedy Award run in partnership with All About Trans and On Road Media was a talent search for scripts promoting a positive portrayal of Transgender people in mainstream comedy.  We're delighted that the winning script, Boy Meets Girl went into production and was broadcast on BBC Two for two series. Find out more on our blog

We have collaborated successfully with The Space on The Space Prize, an award for digital innovation in theatre.  

B3 Media produced our slate of 'Cineast' short films with emerging East Asian talent, following a grassroots development programme.  Watch the films 

The 50 was our partnership with the Royal Court Theatre to celebrate its 50th anniversary. We invited 50 theatres to nominate 50 writers who would each receive a bursary, a BBC mentor, workshops/masterclasses, and opportunities to pitch for radio and TV commissions.

Northern Exposure was a wide-ranging investment in new writer development at theatres across the north - in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Newcastle. From this partrnership, numerous writers made their first contact and have developed a lasting relationship with the BBC - for example Mark Catley, Alice Nutter and Tom Bidwell at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Northern Film and MediaNorth West Vision and Screen Yorkshire have been involved in various 'Northern Voices' and 'Northern Laughs' projects, which have developed numerous talented writers write their first drama and comedy calling card scripts for TV.

We have run numerous sessions, events and projects with writer networks and organisations including New Writing NorthSpread the WordIdeastap, and with universities and colleges, including the Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins' MA in Dramatic Writing.

Alongside working with BBC in-house and BBC Studios we also work with independent production companies to help bring writers to BBC shows being independently produced. Examples include Rollem Production to commission writers for series two of The Chase on BBC One, Kudos to offer shadowing of the writing process on M.I.High and Avatar Films to develop BAME writing talent.


Inside the BBC

It is integral to BBC Writersroom to work closely with the BBC's production arm BBC Studios and in-house productions in Radio and Children's.  

Recent successful collaborations include Room to Write with BBC Comedy Scotland, The Wales Drama Award, Future Talent with BBC Radio 1Xtra, The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award with BBC Radio Drama North, the Tony Doyle Award with BBC Drama in Northern Ireland, the Writer's Prize with Radio Drama Commissioning and The Break with BBC Taster and BBC Three.

BBC Writersroom also oversees new-writer schemes for BBC Drama, including the Drama Production Writers Scheme and the Continuing Drama Shadow Schemes and we act as consultants for the Original Drama Shorts for BBC iPlayer.  Find out more on our blog

Some of our greatest successes have come about through partnership work inside the BBC.  These include CBBC's Wolfblood, created and written by Debbie Moon and found through a targeted talent search and BBC Three's In the Flesh by Dominic Mitchell who came through our Northern Voices scheme.

Latest opportunities

  • The University of Southampton - Green Stories

    The University of Southampton - Green Stories

    Deadline: Various deadlines. Green Stories Writing Competitions are a free set of competitions with prizes, open to all. Writers are asked to write stories that present positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like, or integrate green characters, policies, solutions etc. in the backdrop of an otherwise mainstream story. Upcoming deadlines include TV Series (30 Nov), Short Film (26 March) and Screenplay (18 April).

  • International Radio Playwriting Competition

    International Radio Playwriting Competition

    Deadline: 31st January 2020. The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 - from the BBC World Service and British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers - is an opportunity for writers from outside the UK to tell their stories. It is open to new and established writers who live outside the UK and are aged over 18 on 31 January 2020.

  • Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2020

    Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2020

    Deadline: 31st January 2020. Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2020 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, now in its twentieth year.

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