How to Pitch a Script Idea to the BBC

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have completed a script you think would be a good fit for the BBC and are interested in pitching it, you can do just that. In fact, pitching your script idea to the BBC may be easier than you suspect. Unlike in Hollywood, you do not have to have an agent or manager to get a completed script to the BBC. In fact, you can submit your script to the BBC directly all on your own.

Take your idea and get it into a full-length script format. The BBC will only take full-length scripts from unsolicited writers.

Ensure that your script has a key British element. The BBC only accepts scripts that have a distinctly British element to them, such as the films "Billy Elliot" and "Notes On A Scandal."

Print out your script in the standard screenplay format. Any type of binding is acceptable, however the BBC does advise against using a three-ring binder or folder.

Compose a cover letter and resume, or Curriculum Vitae, to send with your script. You can also include a brief synopsis of your script, but this is not required.

Send your script, cover letter and resume to the BBC at: BBC WritersRoom 1st Floor Grafton House 379 Euston Road London NW1 3AU


Be sure to put an e-mail address and return address in your cover letter so you can be contacted. Expect a response time of 4 to 5 months.

Things You'll Need

  • Script or idea
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