Two of the BBC's flagship long-running dramas, 'Holby City' and 'Casualty', are now taking applications from agented writers for this year's Shadow Writing Scheme. Applications are being accepted and considered over the summer with the schemes then running from September until Christmas. For both programmes, applications via agents only will be accepted.
'Casualty' needs a writer to tell sustaining and gripping standalone story over 50 minutes. Applicants should submit a one page script for guest A story, and a CV. If you are shortlisted on the basis of your pitch, you will be asked to provide a spec script that is contemporary, and intended for a slot of at least fifty minutes. One page pitches and CVs should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with 'Shadow Scheme' in the subject line, by 27th July.
'Holby City' has a different tone and format, with less emphasis on the guest story. Applicants should send a CV and an original script sample to email@example.com, also by 27th July, marked 'Shadow Scheme'. As from 2012 the Holby City Shadow Scheme returns to being specifically targeted at new writers with little or no television experience (theatre and radio play samples will be accepted) looking for their first break.