Writing The TV Pilot
Duration 10 days
Course dates 20 Apr 2020 - 01 May 2020
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, 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 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 AnsorgeCourse Leader, TV Drama: Creating the Bible
Ex-Channel 4 Head of Drama. His commissions included A Very British Coup and Traffik
How to apply
This course is currently full - but do not despair - places often become available! Email Us to be added to the Reserve List