EP 43 – Anne Edyvean – Head of the BBC Writersroom – How To Get Your Writing Noticed By The BBC

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EP 43 – Anne Edyvean – Head of the BBC Writersroom – How To Get Your Writing Noticed By The BBC


Total run time: 1 hour 28 mins 19 secs.

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About Anne Edyvean…

Anne Edyvean is the head of the BBC Writers Room. The Writers Room is the creative heart of the BBC set up to discover and develop writing talent for future shows.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Commissioning writing work…


  • What is the BBC writers room? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • Do the writers all work for the BBC or is it all freelance? [0 mins 17 secs]
  • Open submission windows and how that process works. [2  mins 05 secs]
  1. Barry Humphreys
  2. Dame Edna
  3. Mad Men
  • Are the scripts read anonymously? [19 mins 40 secs]
  • Do you take into account a writer’s social media profile? And if so, how much? [20 mins 50 secs]
  • Biggest mistakes people make when sending in scripts?[23 mins 30 secs]
  • With commercial channels using advertising to fund programs. Is the BBC (non-commercial) a better bet for new writers? [24 mins 20 sec]
  • Does the BBC have a perception issue amongst writers? [36 mins 40 secs]
  1. Inside No 9
  2. Psychoville
  3. Mrs Browns Boys

Script library & blog…

  • The website links to a lot of additional content and behind the scenes footage from shows. Do you think making TV shows an experience rather than a passive viewing activity has helped build followings for shows and writers? (The Last Hours of Laura K / Inside No 9) [47 mins 10 secs]
  • If you want a script commissioned… is the writer’s room the best method of getting it seen? [50 mins 50 secs]

A few last things…


  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [53 mins 05 secs]
  1. Into the Woods – John York
  2. Screenwriters workbook
  3. Syd Feild
  4. Adventures in the screen trade.
  5. The writers tail – Russell T Davis
  • Best bit of advice you’ve got for future writers? [53 mins 30 secs]






Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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