NFTS Scotland: Commentary Writing for TV Online

Short course


Delivered via Zoom, in partnership with NFTS Cymru Wales and NFTS Leeds 

This interactive course delivered by Patrick Uden will take you through the essential steps to writing good commentary and offers a toolkit for sharpening your writing skills. 

The course is structured around reviewing clips, discussion and demonstrations so that you will come away with a better understanding of both the why and how of writing good scripts, backed up by a handy list of dos and don’ts.  You’ll learn how to construct scripts and how to rewrite poor or draft scripts so that they enhance the synch and empower your pictures. Patrick will also look at the importance of script layout to get maximum impact from your commentary recording session.   

With plenty of opportunities for Q & A throughout the session, this course will give you the confidence to tackle one of most vital but underestimated skills in television production. 

About the tutor: 
Patrick Uden made his name as a director and documentary maker at the BBC where his credits included Horizon and Forty Minutes.  Patrick set up his own pioneering production company Uden Associates before becoming the creative force behind Channel 4's Bafta-winning documentary upload website Four Docs. More recently, he has worked as a consultant executive producer on some of television's most successful series including The Apprentice, The Restaurant, and Junior Doctors.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance rate £50
Corporate rate £100


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ.

How to apply

Application deadline: Coming Soon

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to submit your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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