BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 5pm on Monday 10th December 2018 and 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). The Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. They look for writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast. You could be new to writing or new to the BBC but equally, you may be a playwright looking to write for TV, or you’ve written for radio and would like to try your hand at writing for CBBC.
They will also consider whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production.
They are looking for distinctive voices – and scripts that express those voices. It’s not necessarily about finding ideas that have ‘never been done before’ but having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal. A sense of storytelling ability – handling of pace, climax, mood.
They want to see the best possible draft you can achieve. They are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready, even if it means waiting for a later Script Room submission window.
At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2019.
Opens: Monday 10th December 2018 at 5pm
Deadline: Monday 7th January 2019 at 5pm
Submission is open to one drama script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online* with your personal details removed. Your script should be saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size, with your name removed from the document.
A brief biography of your writing to date and, if you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline, 1-3 pages, of further episodes.
*If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 min episodes as a single PDF document.