Ever wanted to write or direct for a mainstream TV show? BBC Studios Continuing Drama are looking for a new generation of writers and directors to reflect the stories of today’s Britain on its multi-award-winning dramas Casualty and Holby City. If you’re passionate about bringing your voice to one of these shows they would like to hear from you! Full details are below.
Casualty – Details
Writers – Casualty
Casualty’s looking for writers with a fresh perspective to write for this award winning BBC series. If you’re passionate about bringing your voice to this show then they would definitely like to hear from you. You have to be familiar with the show’s characters and have watched a minimum of 10 episodes (watch them now if you haven’t already!). You will need to have a writing credit, either in film or TV. For film this would be a short or feature at a prestigious and recognised film festival. For TV you need a writer’s credit on a broadcast show (within the past two years).
Directors – Casualty
Casualty also want directors with a fresh perspective. You will need to have watched at least 10 episodes and have an enthusiasm for the show and understand its ambition and style. To be eligible you will need to have taken a short or feature to a prestigious and recognised international film festival – with a showreel to evidence this.
Submissions for Casualty
All writers and directors must submit a maximum 500 word pitch on why your perspective will bring about fresh stories and ambition for the show (please don’t exceed this word count as it won’t be read).
- Writers must submit a minimum of a 45-minute original script for television, film or stage (i.e. not a Casualty script) with an accompanying Casualty guest story pitch of no more than 500 words.
- Directors must also submit a 5 minute showreel, with two industry references.
Email your Casualty submission to FreshPerspectiveCasualty@bbc.co.uk
Submission are open until Saturday 29th February 2020
The Casualty team will read and watch all submissions, however sadly they cannot provide individual feedback on all submissions due to the small size of their team and the high volume of submissions anticipated.
Holby City – Details
Even though Holby City isn’t running a specific writers’ scheme at this time, the team are still very keen to hear from writers and potential directors.
Holby City is a 60-minute award-winning show that requires significant TV and film writing and directing experience and credits. You must be able to demonstrate a minimum of credits as per the Casualty scheme listed above. Credits must be from TV or Film.
Submissions for Holby City
- Writers have to submit a maximum 500 word statement on why your perspective will bring about fresh stories on the show, a maximum 500 word guest story pitch, accompanied by a minimum 60 minute film or TV script.
- Directors must submit a 500 word statement of why their perspective is fresh, a five minute showreel (please do not send a short film) and two industry references (up to 500 words each).
Email your Holby City submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
The team at Holby City will read and watch all submissions, however sadly they cannot provide individual feedback on each submission due to the small size of their team and the high volume of submissions anticipated.
Submission are open up until Saturday 29th February 2020
Very Important: Additional Information
NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE?:
If you feel that you do not have the required experience at this stage, but you do have experience of telling exceptional short form work, for film, TV or stage, please submit a maximum 500 word statement on why your voice is needed on one of the long running Continuing Drama series and which show you want to write or direct for: Pobol y Cwm, River City, Doctors.
Your statement must be accompanied by an original script for television, radio, film or stage or showreel. For River City writer submissions it needs to be a minimum 60 minute script, For Pobol y Cwm or Doctors it needs to be a minimum 30 minute script. Please do not send short films.
Please send your submission to CDS.Talent@bbc.co.uk
This open call will close on Saturday 29th February 2020