BBC Studios Drama Productions has announced two new TalentWorks initiatives, offering training and development opportunities for writers and directors on BBC medical drama Casualty.

The Casualty Directors’ Scheme is designed to give eight established directors the opportunity to learn how to bring episodes of Casualty to life across two bootcamp weekends at the show’s home in Roath Lock, Cardiff. Up to four successful candidates will then be chosen to direct an episode, with the support of an established mentor director.

Meanwhile, The Writers’ Studio: Casualty is an open script call for screenwriting talent who are looking to take the next step in their writing career and join the ranks of the Casualty writing team. Ten writers will have the opportunity to write shadow scripts and up to four will be commissioned to write an episode.

Kris Green, Training Executive for BBC Studios Drama Productions will oversee both schemes which are being brought to life in partnership with BBC Public Service.

Kris Green said: “Training sits at the heart of our culture at BBC Studios Drama Productions and we’re so excited to be able to invite fresh talent to join the amazing creative team of our beloved medical drama. These two extraordinary opportunities have been designed to teach promising new voices how to deliver appointment-to-view, Saturday night television.”

Roxanne Harvey, Executive Producer, Casualty and Executive Producer, Development Wales, said: “Casualty has a long history of developing new talent both on and off screen, so we are absolutely delighted to be launching these two important training initiatives that will help ensure we sustain the high quality of our iconic drama well into the future.”

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Jon Creamer

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