If you are a UK-based writer looking for some recognition, the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. We look for the best new writers and best writers new to the BBC with the potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast.
We look for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card of a writer’s talent, ability, and voice.
We primarily look for what a writer can deliver in script form rather than unscripted ideas.
We also consider whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production. If we believe a script is worth further development by a BBC department, we will send it to them with the writer's knowledge. Original scripts written on spec' are produced extremely rarely, and writers should not send them in with the expectation that they will be produced. However, original spec' scripts are the means by which writers get noticed, so you should always write your script with the same level of commitment as if it were for production in order that it is as strong and impressive as possible.
We want to see the best possible draft you can achieve. We are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready, even if it means waiting for a later Script Room window for submissions.
We look for original voices - and original scripts that express those voices. We do not look for more of the same – we look for something new.