UKTV & Female Pilot Club announce new script call

Monday 8th August 2022, 2:46pm

  • Female Pilot Club is working in conjunction with UKTV for its latest script call-out
  • Submissions are invited from female writers with scrips "featuring female lead characters over the age of 45"
  • Entries are now being accepted until midnight at the end of 11th September 2022
Female Pilot Club

Female Pilot Club has issued a new call-out for scripts from female comedy writers.

In conjunction with UKTV - the writing initiative's first direct partnership with a broadcaster - from today (8th August) until 11th September 2022 they are seeking "original comedy scripts featuring female lead characters over the age of 45".

Female Pilot Club was founded with support from gender-balance campaign Comedy 50:50 by comedy writers Kay Stonham and Abigail Burdess, and actor and writer Emily Chase.

Since 2019 Female Pilot Club has produced readings of new comedy scripts in front of live audiences with an array of British comedy talent, including Arabella Weir, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Robert Webb.

Stonham says: "Female Pilot Club exists to amplify brilliant female comedy voices and to help great TV pilot scripts take off and fly. We're excited to partner with UKTV to find some great new comedy scripts written by women."

In a detailed call-out, they explain: "We're looking for authentic-feeling, relatable, warm, and upbeat stories that reflect modern life in the UK. And although we love a good sci-fi, fantasy, mockumentary, or period comedy, that's NOT what we're looking for this time. Also, as important as these stories are, we're NOT looking for scripts about cancer or terminal illness right now."

Four finalists will have their scripts developed by UKTV and Female Pilot Club, followed by a live reading by top comedy acting talent in front of an exclusive industry audience.

See femalepilotclub.co.uk for full details and instructions on entry.

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