BBC Studios - Continuing Drama opportunities for Writers & Directors

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Continuing Drama (Casualty, Holby City etc) | BBC Studios | Writer & Director Opportunities | Deadline: 29th February 2020

BBC Studios Continuing Drama are seeking a new generation of writers and directors to reflect the stories of today’s Britain on its multi-award-winning dramas Casualty and Holby City. If you are passionate about bringing your voice to one of these shows then they would like to hear from you. You must be able to demonstrate a familiarity with your chosen show and a relevant and recent credit. 

Casualty

Writers - Casualty 

Casualty seeks writers with a fresh perspective to write for this award winning flagship BBC series. If you are passionate about bringing your voice to this show then they would like to hear from you. You must be familiar with the show's characters and have watched a minimum of 10 episodes. You will need to have a writing credit, either in film or TV. For film this would be a short or feature at a prestigious and recognised film festival. For TV you need a writer's credit on a broadcast show (within the last two years).

Directors - Casualty

Casualty are also looking for directors with a fresh perspective. You will need to have watched at least 10 episodes and have an enthusiasm for the show and understand its ambition and style. You will have taken a short or feature to a prestigious and recognised international film festival – with a showreel to evidence this.

Submissions for Casualty

All writers and directors must submit a maximum 500 word (do not exceed word count as it won’t be read) pitch on why your perspective will bring about fresh stories and ambition for the show.

  • Writers must submit a minimum of a 45 minute original script for television, film or stage (ie not a Casualty script) with an accompanying Casualty guest story pitch of no more than 500 words.
  • Directors must also submit a 5 minute showreel, with two industry references.

Email your Casualty submission to FreshPerspectiveCasualty@bbc.co.uk

Submission are open from Saturday 18th January to Saturday 29th February 2020 

The Casualty team will read and watch all submissions, however sadly they cannot provide individual feedback on submissions due to the small size of the Casualty team and the high volume of submissions anticipated.

Holby City

The team at Holby City are very keen to hear from writers and potential directors.

Holby City will also be running a shadow writers scheme on which they will have ten writers

Holby City is a 60-minute award-winning show that requires significant TV and film writing and directing experience and credits. You must demonstrate a minimum of credits as per the Casualty scheme listed above. Credits must be from TV or Film.

Submissions for Holby City

  • Writers must submit a maximum 500 word statement on why your perspective will bring about fresh stories on the show, a maximum 500 word guest story pitch, accompanied by a minimum 60 minute film or TV script.
  • Directors must submit a 500 word statement of why their perspective is fresh, a five minute showreel (please do not send a short film) and two industry references up to 500 words each.

Email your Holby City submission to holby.talent@bbc.co.uk

The team at Holby City will read and watch all submissions, however sadly they cannot provide individual feedback on each submission due to the small size of the Holby City team and high volume of submissions anticipated. 

Submission are open from Saturday 18th January to Saturday 29th February 2020 

Additional Information

If you feel that you do not have the required experience at this stage, but you do have experience of telling exceptional short form work, for film, TV or stage, please submit a maximum 500 word statement on why your voice is needed on one of the long running Continuing Drama series and which show you want to write or direct for: Pobol y Cwm, River City, Doctors.

Your statement must be accompanied by an original script for television, radio, film or stage or showreel.  For River City writer submissions it needs to be a minimum 60 minute script, For Pobol y Cwm or Doctors it needs to be a minimum 30 minute script. Please do not send short films. 

Please send your submission to CDS.Talent@bbc.co.uk 

This open call will close on Saturday 29th February 2020 

Find out more by attending one of the Roadshows

Please note that these opportunities are in addition to the BBC Studios Writers' Academy and the BBC Continuing Drama Directors' Scheme from BBC Writersroom and Directors UK (which also covers EastEnders)

To explore other writing opportunities from the BBC and other organisations visit the BBC Writersroom opportunities page

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