We spoke to Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodies, Cardiac Arrest) at the TV Drama Writers' Festival in July 2014.
Jed talks about which dramas and characters inspired him.
He describes his unusual journey into being a scriptwriter for television.
He explains why he was attracted to the idea of writing a police drama and the particular focus of Line of Duty on police corruption.
Jed also explores why he has been complimented on writing realistic female characters and shares his advice for new writers.
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).
Opens: Monday 10th February 2020, Deadline: Monday 11th May 2020. The Wales Writer in Residence offers two placements over a year - at National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales - and a guaranteed broadcast credit on BBC Radio 4. There is a bursary of £12,000.
Deadline: 9pm on 2nd February 2020. The 2020 Papatango Prize for new writing is open to all residents of the UK or Ireland, free to enter, and assessed anonymously.. The winner of the Prize will develop their play with Papatango over several months, building towards a four week run in London followed by a national tour in October and November 2020, a 10% royalty of the gross box office, publication and a £6500 commission plus support for a new play.
Read this script from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.