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Writers' Studio: EastEnders  

 

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BBC Studios Drama Productions sits at the heart of the UK as our slate of award-winning soaps and dramas that continue to bring audiences together week after week. EastEnders, Casualty, River City and Pobol y Cwm remain a constant source of gripping entertainment, addictive storylines and loveable characters year on year; as well as our fabulous Cosy Crime shows Father Brown and Sister Boniface.

At BBC Studios Drama Productions, we’re passionate about developing and nurturing a creative and diverse workforce. We pride ourselves on providing some of the most supportive, hands-on editorial and production training opportunities across the whole of the UK.

 

EastEnders

EastEnders is the multi-award-winning continuing drama broadcast on primetime BBC One. As one of the UK’s longest-running and most iconic TV dramas, it is now approaching its 40th year on air and has consistently delivered hard-hitting, ground-breaking stories that grip the nation and shine a light on new social issues. The show is made by a dedicated and hard-working team at BBC Elstree, Hertfordshire, and is committed to continue its innovative and creative storytelling with humour, pathos, and gritty realism.

 

About the course

The Writers’ Studio: EastEnders is an open script call for those who are looking to take the next step in their writing career and join the ranks of the EastEnders writing team. The initiative intends to find writers with some experience, who are actively keen to pursue a career in continuing drama. As avid viewers of the show, you should be familiar with its recent stories and characters, and with the tone and style of storytelling.  

 

The open call process will shortlist 8 writers who’ll each write a paid trial script. The 8 shortlisted writers will embark on their paid trial script with the full support of the in-house development editor and other resources. Writers will be paid £2,000 per script, which will include up to 2 rounds of notes. The trial scripts are then reviewed by the producers to select who may be suitable to proceed to a full commission. 

 

Of the 8 shortlisted writers, up to 5 commissioning slots will be available on the main show. Those successful will be invited to a paid 3-day induction workshop at Elstree, before spending a paid month in the EastEnders story room ahead of their first commission. The induction week includes series of in-person masterclasses on pitching and writing for the show; are given the opportunity to visit the set at Elstree to familiarise themselves with the sets and spaces available to write in; will meet the production and editorial teams; shadow a commissioning meeting; and attend a story conference. 

Timeline

March 19th, 2024 – Submission window opens at noon 

April 22nd, 2024 – Submission window closes at noon 

April 22nd-May 20th, 2024 – Review submissions, shortlist up to 15 

May 20th-31st, 2024 – Interview top 15 shortlist, select final 8 

June 1st-November 1st, 2024 – Top 8 write shadow scripts (these will be staggered and scheduled accordingly) 

November 1st-29th, 2024 – Select (up to) to 5 scripts to progress to commission 
 

Please note this timeline is only a guide and is subject to change. 
 
EastEnders will aim to commission successful applicants within 12 months following notification of their success. Again, this is subject to change, and is wholly dependent on editorial and production schedules. 

How to apply

Eligibility

Applicants must have:

  • 1 x writing broadcast credits of 30 mins or more;
  • OR have agent representation;
  • OR had a play performed at an established* playhouse (proof of this will be required); 
  • OR had a film (short or feature length) given a theatrical release, or screened at an established* festival (proof of this will be required); 
  • OR be a current or previous member of one of the following BBC Writers’ groups: Pilot/TV Drama Writers Programme/Scripted/Drama Room/Writers’ Access Group); 
  • OR have 1 or more paid development credits with a UK broadcaster or indie that has a proven track record of production credits (proof of this will be required). 

*there is no exhaustive list of “established” playhouses and film festivals, however this denotes that it is a professional production rather than a student, “amateur”, or self-funded project. 

BBC Studios is committed to having a diverse range of skills, experience and talent working on our programmes, and as such we’re keen for applicants from underrepresented groups to apply and particularly welcome applicants who are deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent, are from an ethnic minorities background and/or lower socio economic groups to ensure we are representative of all.

 

Submitting your application

We would ask all applicants to complete the following:

  • Written Task: Using the below story document options, please select ONE option as a guide to write an arc comprised of no more than 5 scenes and 15 pages. As scripts are being read anonymously, please DO NOT include your name on the script. 
  • Written Task: In no more than half an A4 page, please outline your relevant writing experience and why you want to write for EastEnders.
  • Upload your CV.

 Please Note: ALL files uploaded to the eSubs system must be in PDF format, maximum 10MB per file.

 

Resources

The following resources will help in completing your application. 

To find out more about the course and the selection process, please refer to our FAQs and our Terms & Conditions

 

Submit your application via the eSubs system by clicking here.

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