Who We Are
I tell lies on paper.Lisa Holdsworth
The team at BBC Writersroom works across drama, comedy and children's output for TV, Radio and online. We have staff in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.
Alice Ramsey is the Salford-based Development Producer where her primary role is to identify and develop writing talent with a specific focus on the North of England. Alice joins from the BFI NETWORK where she developed a slate of feature scripts with exciting new writers across England, as well as executive produced short films.
Anne Edyvean is the Head of BBC Writersroom, since April 2015. Find out more about Anne on our Blog
Amanda Farley is Assistant Script Editor for BBC Writersroom with a focus on comedy schemes and development. She works across events, initiatives, workshops and talent searches. She organises the yearly BBC TV Writers’ Festival and is Assistant Producer on the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room scheme.
Amira El Nemr is Development Producer for BBC Writersroom since August 2018 and is based in London. Amira has responsibility for a variety of schemes including Drama Room and the Writers Access Group, an initiative aimed at developing and finding opportunities for writers with disabilities. She also produces London Voices, a scheme aimed at London based playwrights and introducing them to writing for broadcast. Before joining the BBC Writersroom, Amira worked for a variety of independent production companies, producing and script executing high-end international co-productions.
Anna Hinds is the Development Coordinator based in Belfast, working across the events, schemes, workshops and talent searches for the region. Prior to joining the BBC Writersroom Anna worked as a freelance Production Coordinator on various feature films.
Angela Galvin is Development Producer in Glasgow. She looks after the events, talents schemes, programmes and opportunities in Scotland and feeds into the pan-UK schemes too
Audrey McFadden is the Development Coordinator in Glasgow coordinating events, opportunities, schemes, workshops and talent searches.
Cassandra Bekoe is the Development Coordinator working across the Continuing Drama Shadow schemes, the TV Drama Writers' Programme,,the Continuing Drama Directors scheme, London Voices and the Writer's Acccess Group.
Emily Demol is the Development Coordinator for BBC Writersroom North based in Salford. Before joining the team she worked for Radio Drama, coordinating productions as well as script reading and editing on various projects ranging from classic adaptations to long running series for Radio 3, Radio 4 and digital content. She looks after the development of writers across the North of England, working with partners in Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online and others, on new and ongoing projects.
Emily Willis is the Development Coordinator for BBC Writersroom in Wales and comes from a background of both freelance production and in-house roles. Emily has previously worked as Drama Coordinator for BBC Wales Drama and as Assistant Production Coordinator and Travel/Accommodation Coordinator on drama productions.
Helen Perry is the Development Producer for BBC Writersroom in Wales since January 2018. Before joining the BBC Writersroom she worked as a Producer / Director in BBC Radio Drama. She has produced a vast number of original dramas, readings and series for Radio 4, Radio 3, World Service, Radio Wales and 1Xtra. She previously ran the BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with the British Council and Commonwealth Writers.
Keith Martin is the Development Producer based in Belfast. Keith is a former “Broadcast Hotshot” from Northern Ireland who joins us from a BBC Comedy/ BBC Studios role as producer. Having just co-written a CBBC sitcom pilot and launched /produced BBC online strands Short Stuff and Tight Shorts, his TV producer credits include Pumped and V-Sign for BBC3 and Headwreckers and APE For C4 and E4. Keith has co-written and produced two series of SKETCHY for BBC1NI and Touching People for RTE2, co-devised and series produced RTS nominated Monumental for BBC1 NI and co-devised Bad Language for Radio Ulster/Radio Scotland/ BBC1 NI and the award winning Breaking the News for Radio Scotland.
Philip Mattison is the Digital Content & Communications Manager with responsibility for the website, blog, social media and other communications. He works to represent, promote and develop the work and resources of the BBC Writersroom in digital spaces, including new forms of storytelling.
Simon Nelson is Development Executive in London. Simon looks after writer development and talent searches, development schemes, partnerships and production projects including the Continuing Drama Directors' scheme and Writers' Festival. (Read a blog by Simon)
Alongside us is a team of freelance professional script readers who work on the script calls, talent searches and competitions.
Deadline: Various deadlines. Green Stories Writing Competitions are a free set of competitions with prizes, open to all, looking for radio plays (deadline 12/7/2019), film screenplay (deadline Sept 2019) and TV series/drama (deadline Nov 2019). 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.
Deadline: 5th October 2019. INK is a theatre company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage and radio, from writers predominately with an East Anglian connection and each year showcases the new work at The INK Festival and on Tour. For 2020 entries are open to writers worldwide in the categories Short Play, Radio Play, Themed Play, Radio Game Show and Young Writer (under 18).
Deadline: 20th September 2019. Comedy writers and performers - can you make a 2 minute comedy video? Chorts are 2 minute comedies that show potential to be developed into a series of superb episodes or sketches.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read this script from the BBC Radio Drama archive.