BBC Writers Room: Welcome to Northern Ireland

It’s fantastic to hear that the BBC’s Writers Room is opening an office in Belfast. This will be great news for writers from Northern Ireland, those living in Northern Ireland and indeed Irish writers across the island of Ireland interested in writing for UK network. Okay, hands up here: I totally live in Northern Ireland Read more about BBC Writers Room: Welcome to Northern Ireland[…]

Etch a Sketch – 5 Banana Skins New Sketch-Writers Should Avoid

Aspiring sketch writers can often slip up if they’re not wary when tackling this appealing (but deceptively simple) short form. Over the years I’ve read a lot of sketches from new writers wanting to make a name for themselves in comedy. It’s a good aspiration as getting on the writing team of an established sketch Read more about Etch a Sketch – 5 Banana Skins New Sketch-Writers Should Avoid[…]

Getting Your Foot In The Door: Be The Magnificent Seven (Not The Hateful Eight)

So, you’ve written The Best Thing ever to be committed to .pdf and now your energies have turned to getting your foot in the door. We know a passion for your own project is essential – let’s face it, if you don’t believe in it, how will anyone else? – but so too is a Read more about Getting Your Foot In The Door: Be The Magnificent Seven (Not The Hateful Eight)[…]

Let Me Be Your Fantasy: Tackling High Concept Ideas

There are rules when tackling a high concept TV or film idea – and it’s up to you, the writer, to tell us what those might be. I was reading a fantasy series TV pitch recently and I found myself asking a lot of questions about the logistics of the world because I wasn’t given Read more about Let Me Be Your Fantasy: Tackling High Concept Ideas[…]

10 Tips To Pitch Scripts By: Part Two

So yesterday I started a post promising 10 great tips to pitch scripts by – to help you when pitching your idea to a producer or commissioner. Here’s the second half of that post and whilst I can’t promise you a green light or a golden statue, these guidelines will certainly help you make the Read more about 10 Tips To Pitch Scripts By: Part Two[…]

10 Tips To Pitch Scripts By: Part One

Here’s part one of my top 10 tips to pitch scripts to a producer or channel commissioner. From staying positive to being choosy about what you send in, these pointers are aimed to help you in what is a highly competitive and, sometimes, challenging market place. If you are thinking of sending a script to Read more about 10 Tips To Pitch Scripts By: Part One[…]