Channel 4 are Looking for the next generation of British writers and directors!

Are you the next Noel Clarke? Or the British Shonda Rhimes?

Channel 4/Touchpaper Television are looking for the next generation of talented British writers and directors with the launch of their new scheme  ‘4Stories’. The scheme is aimed at encouraging applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama – including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Touchpaper Television are looking for 3 writers and 3 directors to take part in the initiative. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on a new three part series of half-hour, interconnected films. One big story, told via three unique points of view, made by new diverse talent. This ambitious series will be broadcast on Channel 4.

As part of the paid development programme writing-trainees will participate in a writer’s room out of which the series will be created. They will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at Touchpaper TV where their scripts will be developed. The process will see trainee writers and directors learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals. They will also be mentored by high profile drama talent, and will take part in a bespoke training programme to run alongside and beyond the production of the series. It will include masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events.

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 and produced by Touchpaper Television, a Banijay Company, the aim is to create an eye-catching, original and bold series.

How To Apply

In order to apply directors must submit a short or long film and writers have to submit an original full script for TV, radio, film or stage. Those that are interested in applying can visit


Closing date for writer’s applications is 14 November 2016

Closing date for director’s applications is 12 December 2016.

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