Writing The TV Pilot

Short course


The success of ‘Box Set’ TV Drama has created a new appetite among audiences for original and challenging drama series on television.


At the BBC, ITV1 and Channel 4 drama commissioners have emphasised that they are looking to develop drama series of this ambition over the next decade. They will need to identify new talent.


Writing the Pilot is a course designed with this background in mind. It will offer writers, and creative producers, a 'Writers Room' experience with the chance to plan and write a 50-minute pilot episode of an original drama series over an intensive 10 day period. .
Be prepared to write and re-write, and fine-tune overnight .


We will encourage the kind of ambition achieved by the best drama series based on the actual practice of working on a script among professionals.


Led by Peter Ansorge whose award-winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn. We are looking for fresh ideas and the tenacity to bring them to screen.


Week 1 – The challenge of writing the opening minutes of the pilot. We’ll look at landmark series and analyse how you grab an audience. At the end of the week, a group of actors will work on your opening ten minutes. We will reference great drama series of the past and present. You will be writing between three and five minutes of your pilot each day, and reworking overnight.

Week 2 - We move towards the completion of your pilot, and offer advice on the next stage, how to get your pilot script onto the desks of the right producer and commissioning editor. 


Upon acceptance it is possible to apply for contribution bursary funding from our sponsors All3Media, one of the UK’s leading independent television, film production and global distribution companies.  And during the course, participants will also meet and pitch to Heads of Drama at leading All3Media TV drama companies such as Neal Street and Company Pictures who, if excited by your project, will have first refusal in producing and developing it further.


"Peter helped us all find the best in ourselves and make this experience truly rewarding, inspiring us every step of the way."

"I can't believe  that I wrote an entire one-hour drama script in just 8 days! And it was Peter's inspiration and knowledge that made that happen"

Places are awarded on a strictly first come first served basis so don't delay get your application in today!

Freelance Rate: £1125

Corporate Rate: £2000

Current or recent tutors

Peter Ansorge

Peter Ansorge

Course Leader, TV Drama: Creating the Bible

Ex-Channel 4 Head of Drama. His commissions included A Very British Coup and Traffik 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

As part of our work to diversify the screen industry workforce, there is bursary contribution award made available upon acceptance by our partnership with All3Media for freelancers with a disability or who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds