BBC New Directors’ Scheme – Doctors

Note: this one isn’t a writing opportunity but we thought it might be of interest to some of our readers.

BBC Drama, supported by Creative Skillset and Directors UK, is pleased to announce the second year of their directors’ training scheme.

Over the next year, 9 drama directors will be mentored on one of the following continuing dramas: Doctors, River City, Holby & Casualty; and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme.  If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission.

It is the ambition of BBC Drama that this will be the first step of an ongoing partnership with each of these directors; and, as their careers develop, so will their relationship with the BBC and the wider television drama community.

In their words:

We are beginning this year’s initiative by inviting applications for Doctors.

We are looking for directors who are passionate about the show and candidates should be able to show a solid knowledge of the drama if they are invited to interview.

There will be three trainee director spots available on Doctors and applications are open to anyone who meets the terms and conditions outlined below.

The selection panel will include: Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom), Simon Nelson (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom), a team of experienced TV directors and BBC Execs from Doctors.

OPENING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, 10th October, 2016 from 10am

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, 14th November, 2016 at 5pm

LONGLIST INTERVIEWS: 16th – 27th January 2017



Please submit your CV; a pitch of up to 1 page explaining why you would like to be considered for the BBC Doctors Directors’ Scheme; and up to 2 hyperlinks to your showreel and/or other supporting materials. You should submit via the BBC Writersroom online submission system. Please note that your CV and pitch must be submitted in PDF format.

Please note the terms and conditions for the BBC New Directors’ Scheme.

Deadline: 14 November 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

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