NFTS Scotland: How To Write a Factual TV Proposal Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Cymru Wales Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom, in partnership with NFTS Scotland and NFTS Leeds

OK. You’ve got a great idea for a factual or factual entertainment TV series but now you’ve got to create a mouth-watering programme proposal for your show that a commissioning editor is going to want to read and ultimately want to commission.

This combination of words and pictures could be the difference between success and failure. So how do TV development professionals do it?

In this 1-day course, we’ll show you:

  • How to create a memorable title and logline for your show
  • How to focus on the key selling points of your idea
  • How to describe a TV show that doesn’t yet exist – what to include and what to leave out
  • How to structure your document to make it easily understood
  • How to capture the style and tone of your show and the channel it’s intended for in your writing
  • How to vividly present your work

Along the way, we’ll review a variety of professionally produced TV programme proposals.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in creating proposals for factual programmes of all kinds, from daytime series to peak.

Tutor Simon Broadley has worked in Development for broadcasters including BBC, ITV, STV, IMG, LWT and Sky Vision and for indies including September Films and Hotbed Media. For the past 8 years, Simon has also been the Course Leader for the NFTS Factual Development & Production Diploma, a year-long, part-time course sponsored by Discovery.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £225

Corporate Rate: £345

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


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 (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

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: Book Now

To secure your place on the next course, please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.

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