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[…]

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[…]

15 Golden Rules for A Killer Treatment – Part Two

  Hello again. Carrying on from where we left off, here’s Part Two of my 15 Golden Rules for writing a killer TV treatment:   Speaking of clichés: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW (ie have researched properly). Don’t call something a procedural drama unless it IS actually a procedural and you understand the procedure! Which comes back to Read more about 15 Golden Rules for A Killer Treatment – Part Two[…]

15 Golden Rules For Writing A Killer Treatment – Part One

Having read (literally) hundreds of drama treatments in a few short weeks over the summer, I began to realise what it is that makes a treatment really stand out from its rivals so without further ado, here’s Part One of my 15 Golden Rules For Writing a Killer Treatment – to help YOURS stand out from Read more about 15 Golden Rules For Writing A Killer Treatment – Part One[…]

In Treatment – How to Write A TV Treatment

Over the summer, I had a job for a broadcaster where I was reading (literally) hundreds of drama treatments in a short space of time. It got me pondering on what makes a good drama treatment stand out from the crowd. How to write a TV treatment and what to include is a thing that Read more about In Treatment – How to Write A TV Treatment[…]

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[…]