Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom

The current boom and global expansion of high-end TV Drama has opened a new era of opportunity.  ‘Script Editing Today’ will introduce you to the role of the script editor in TV Drama today. The course will provide you with an understanding of the tools and skills that are needed by the industry today. It will take you through the process of the script editor’s work from assessing a first draft of a TV pilot to planning future episodes. Throughout, participants will work independently on scripts with the tutor but also collectively as editors in the heat and excitement of an online writers’ room.

The course is led by Peter Ansorge, ex-Head of Drama at Channel 4 who began as a script editor in David Rose’s ground-breaking drama department at the BBC. Peter’s award- winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn.

His NFTS course ‘Writing the TV Pilot’ is sponsored by All3Media; six of the scripts completed on Peter’s recent courses at NFTS Scotland and Beaconsfield are in development with leading production companies including Amazon Studios, Company Pictures and Sam Mendes’ Neil Street.

The course will include sessions working with writers on original scripts from ‘Writing The TV Pilot’. The emphasis will be on practise not theory. Developing and improving a script and engaging with the writer in the room.

Week 1

You will be assigned scenes from an original script to read as homework each evening. The morning and afternoon daily sessions will involve analysis and discussion of the scenes with the whole group led by Peter. You will also work in breakout groups learning how to analyse a script and come up with different ideas on how to improve and develop it.

Week 2

In the second week you will work in pairs. You will meet and work with a new writer on a project in development, involving group discussions, breakout sessions with the writer and outlining ideas for new episodes of a TV Drama series. By the end of the week, you will be required to submit a script report but throughout the course, the emphasis will be on your verbal notes and dialogue with the writer.

The course will include sessions with guest speakers: a producer will give their perspective on the role of the script editor and its importance in the creative and production process, and an established writer and script editor will share their experience of working together.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £950 
Corporate Rate: £1675

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


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.

How to apply

Application deadline: 05 Apr 2021

Please complete the application form to apply. As part of the application process for the course, you will be asked to write notes on a scene, which we will send you after you have completed your online application.

Begin your application