Opportunities: Pick of the Week –BBC Drama Writers Programme 2017

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: BBC TV Drama Writers Programme 2017


Description: The BBC will be commissioning 8 writers to write an original series or serial script for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online. To apply you must have at least one production credit (a drama, at least 30 mins in duration) to your name. They are looking for experienced writers with an idea for an original drama series to take part in the year long scheme.

What’s so great about it? The deadline on this one has been extended so we thought it was worth giving it a shout out in case you missed it – it’s one of those high profile opportunities that’s definitely worth giving a shot if you fit the criteria. The scheme isn’t for beginners and they want to see a proven track record of writing experience but the eight chosen writers get to work on three drafts of a script with  with dedicated Script Editor and Executive support. There will also be  a series of screenwriting lectures, workshops and events throughout the course culminating in a reading and presentation of extracts from the writers’ scripts. Writers will be paid a minimum script fee as agreed by the WGGB/PMA and the BBC on a favoured nations basis (currently £11,520 for 60 minutes).  Expenses will also be paid. You need to send in an original script, a one page outline of your idea for a drama series and a CV, so if you’ve got all that ready to go, what are you waiting for?!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re  not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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