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TV Drama New Writers Scheme

TV Drama New Writers Scheme

TV Drama New Writers Scheme

Channel 4’s TV Drama New Writers Scheme (West and South West) is a one-stop-shop for unrepresented writers looking for their first writing credit, to writers who are working on developing their own original series.

Channel 4’s TV Drama New Writers Scheme (West and South West)

APPLY NOW for this unique opportunity to gain the skills needed to forge a successful writing career, and tell stories which reflect the diversity and creativity of the West and South West of England.

Over 6 months, you will benefit from expert industry training, mentoring and introductions to scripted drama production companies. You must be available to attend training days in Bristol once a month (expenses will be paid). Within 6-9 months of completing the scheme, submit a first draft script for feedback from Channel 4’s Drama Commissioning Editor, Gwawr Lloyd.

This scheme is targeted at emerging writers from the West and South West of England. You will build your skills, knowledge and networks to develop and write scripts reflecting the lived experience of people in this region, with a particular focus on diverse perspectives.



  • You must be living and working in the West or South West of England.
  • You will demonstrate a burning desire to write television drama.
  • Submissions will be assessed on the strength of the writing and the originality of the pitch.
  • You may have had experience in writing for theatre, radio or made short films though this is not essential.
  • The scheme is open to all new writers. You do not need to have had a professional commission, or have an agent.
  • Submissions will be the your original work.
  • We welcome submissions from writing partnerships (two maximum) as long as both writers meet the criteria.



Applications for the scheme open Monday 16th May, and close midnight Sunday 12th June. Click here to apply for the scheme and to find out more.



Watch back our Q&A Webinar to find out more about the scheme. This is an online webinar event, and captions are provided.




  • Applications for the scheme will be open from Monday 16th May to midnight on Sunday 12th June.
  • There are 10-12 places on the scheme and we shall be shortlisting 15-20 writers for interview. 
  • The interviews will be held virtually w/c 18th July 2022 (exact dates tbc).  The scheme will begin in September.
  • If you are selected you must be free to attend a series of training days and events between September 2022 and February 2023.  These sessions will be held in Bristol so if delegates are travelling from further afield, they should be mindful that attendance may require an overnight stay.



Q) Which counties count as 'West and South West'?

A) The following counties are classified as within the region of the 'West and South West':

  • Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Wiltshire

Q) Can I apply for the scheme if I don't live in the West/South West of England?

A) All applicants to the scheme must currently be living and working in one of the above mentioned regions.

Q) Will training be delivered virtually?

A) We will offer a mix of face to face and virtual training, however we expect the majority of this to be delivered face to face.

Q) I can't attend the Q&A webinar, will a recording be provided?

A) Yes, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to this page after the webinar has taken place.

Q) Can writers partnerships submit a joint application? 

A) Yes, we welcome submissions from writing partnerships (two maximum) as long as both writers meet the criteria. If successful, both writers would then attend interviews and training. 

Q) Can I submit a script from a sub-genre of drama? 

A) Yes, we also welcome scripts from sub-genres of drama, e.g comedy drama. 

Q) I'm unable to upload all of my application documents to the website.

A) Please ensure you collate your application documents into 1 or 2 PDF files which can then be uploaded to our site, the following link can help with this:

Q) Can my pitch document and original script be the same?

A) The pitch document and script need to be separate ideas.


Channel 4’s TV Drama New Writers Scheme (West and South West), has been developed by Channel 4’s Bristol hub in partnership with Bristol UNESCO City of Film, BFI NETWORK (delivered regionally in the South West by Watershed), UWE Bristol and The Bottle Yard Studios. Developed as a result of Channel 4’s presence in the South West, it supports partner ambitions to develop TV drama talent and increase representation of regional stories on screen.


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