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Script Room FAQs
What happens to my script after I submit it to Script Room?Hide
BBC Writersroom employs professional script readers to assess all scripts. They sift scripts by reading at least ten pages. All eligible scripts are considered in this way. If a script doesn't sufficiently hook our attention at the sift stage, it will not be considered further. If a script hooks our reader’s attention it progresses to a 20-30 page read by a second reader who may then recommend the script for a full read and script report (by a third reader). After the full read stage all decisions are made by BBC Writersroom staff. We look at the reports, discuss with the readers, and read the most promising scripts (the shortlist). BBC Writersroom staff may then invite the writer to come in for an interview with a view to being considered for suitable development opportunities.
Will I get an acknowledgement of my script?Hide
If you have submitted your script online via E-Submissions - you will receive an immediate acknowledgement of its receipt to the e-mail address you have registered with. We will use this e-mail address for all subsequent communication with you - so please make sure you keep this up-to-date - read the E-submissions FAQs for more information.
Why do you only read ten pages in the first sift?Hide
BBC Writersroom receives thousands of scripts every year. We believe ten pages are sufficient opportunity to make an initial decision about the scripts we receive. For the Drama window this is always the first ten pages as all good broadcast stories should hook the attention of the audience in the opening minutes, and we reflect this necessity in our initial assessment of work. Our readers are briefed to look out for quality and talent and potential, regardless of content, subject, theme, message, setting, genre, budget, or the experience of the writer, or the personal tastes of the reader.
Will I receive feedback on my script?Hide
Only the scripts which progress beyond the sift to the full read stage will receive feedback. We do not have the resources to fully read and feedback on anything more than a small proportion of the thousands of scripts we receive a year.
The BBC’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
How long will it take to get a response from Script Room?Hide
In each Script Room window, we will consider all scripts submitted together. Please be aware that processing and reading the scripts can take a number of months. Please note that we will not make contact with any writers until we have made our final selection.
Can I send my script to other parts of the BBC too?Hide
Do not simultaneously send your script elsewhere at the BBC - most departments do not accept unsolicited work and will simply redirect it to us.
How should I format my script?Hide
Format your script as closely to industry standard as you can. We do not accept handwritten scripts. We do not penalise writers for imprecise formatting, but presenting your work appropriately suggests a professional approach and an understanding of the medium and format for which you are writing. There are script formatting programs available. You can read formatted scripts on our website and in our Script Library.
What should I do if my script is the first in a potential series or serial?Hide
If your idea is for a series or serial, please include a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole.
Do I need to provide any information apart from the script?Hide
You do not need to include character biographies, scene location breakdowns, or visual material/aids however you do need to include a Logline. As a general rule, any essential information about the characters and story should come across in the script itself – with the exception of brief series/serial outlines. If you feel the need to include additional information about the story then you should consider how well the script is working on its own merits.
What is a 'Logline'?Hide
In its simplest terms, a logline is a one (sometimes two) sentence summary of your script or TV series. When entering your script for our Script Room you need to provide a logline as part of the online E-submissions process.
Should I provide a biography?Hide
You will be asked to provide a brief biography when submitting your script via E-Submissions. If there is information about your background you feel is relevant, or you have any other relevant experience, then you can include this.
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Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.