BBC Writersroom Script Room DRAMA 2020-open!

BBC Writersroom’s annual window for unsolicited drama scripts is open until 5pm on Monday 6th January 2020 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).



  • They are especially looking for distinctive voices – and scripts that express those voices. They do not look for more of the same – they look for the writer’s ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. It’s not necessarily about finding precincts or situations that have ‘never been done before’ but having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal.
  • They want to see characters who are well rounded, consistent and who drive the action rather than are carried by it. Also, a sense of storytelling ability – handling of pace, climax, mood for example.
  • They look for what the script tells them about the writer as we see all scripts as a calling card to showcase a writer’s ability and talent.
  • 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.
    • One drama script of at least 30 full 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.
    • *If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 minute episodes as a single PDF document.
    • Scripts must be at least 30 pages in length. It’s extremely hard to judge a writer’s abilities with a view to BBC broadcast slots if their work is shorter than this. Increasing the spacing or font size of a short script will not make your script eligible. Font sizes should generally be 11.5 or 12.
    • They cannot accept scripts submitted previously to BBC Writersroom talent searches and opportunities, the old BBC Writersroom unsolicited system or previous Script Room windows.


5pm on Monday 6th January 2020.

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 2020/21.

Published on:
9 Dec 2019


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