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4Stories, the new-talent initiative, designed to bring on and help establish the next generation of writers and directors, is back!

4Stories is aimed at finding genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television. We encourage applications from talent currently underrepresented in TV Drama – including women, disabled talent, BAME talent and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How it works

How it works

Initially we are looking for six writers who will be commissioned to write a treatment for an original half hour idea that can form part of an ambitious anthology series. Of those six, three will then be commissioned to write scripts for production. They will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at BlackLight Television to develop their scripts. The series of 3x30min dramas will be broadcast on Channel 4.

Additionally, at the end of the process the three chosen writers will also have the opportunity to develop an original series, serial or single with BlackLight Television and Channel 4.

Directors will learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals, kick-starting their careers directing drama for television.

This is a unique opportunity for emerging writers and directors to make an authored TV drama with a guaranteed network broadcast. 

Commissioned by Channel 4 from BlackLight Television, the aim is to create an eye-catching, original and bold anthology.   We aim to start pre-production in the spring of 2020.

Who can apply

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who are currently underrepresented in TV drama, namely: women; people with a disability; BAME talent; and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010.

We want to hear from emerging UK writing and directing talent who bring a distinct and alternative view of modern Britain. 


We want to hear from you if you haven’t had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television. It’s fine if you’ve contributed to episodes on soaps, series or serials but you should have no more than two hours of broadcast credits. You’ll need to submit an original full script for TV, radio, film or stage.


Those without a TV drama credit on a single or series and no more than two hours of broadcast credits on soaps. You’ll need to submit a short or long-form film.

Applications are welcomed from any writer or director who meets the criteria set out above. Although all applications will be considered on their individual merits, in order to promote diversity and to increase participation of those who are currently under-represented in TV drama, use may be made of the positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010 when deciding between two equally qualified and talented applicants.

All applicants must be a resident of the United Kingdom.

4Stories is in its third year and has proven to be a successful launchpad for emerging British talent. The first series of On The Edge received 2 BAFTA nominations for Best Single Drama and Best Breakthrough Talent and 3 BAFTA Cymru nominations for Best Drama, Photography and Sound. On The Edge series 2, shot earlier this year, sees 3 new films by exciting first-time writers and directors- Adulting, For You and BBW will TX on Channel 4 early next year. 

Applications are now closed. Please check back for updates on when 4Stories will open again in the future. 

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