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Writing Drama for Television

Jed Mercurio

Writing Drama for Television

Write a gripping screenplay with the creator of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.

This course includes:

28 lessons

7 hours

78 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Jed as he goes deep into the anatomy of a television drama script. Spoiler alert: there’s more science in telling a story than you might think.

  • Develop your idea into an outline
  • Create compelling characters and setting
  • Learn the science of story structure
  • Write your pilot screenplay
  • Build a series bible and shape your story arc
  • Grow your career as a writer

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Jed Mercurio is one of Britain’s most successful television writers. The award-winning creator of Bodyguard, Trigger Point and Line of Duty will show you how to master mystery, jeopardy, and structure to create edge-of-your-seat drama.

Lesson plan (28)

  1. 01

    Writers are made, not born


  2. 02



  3. 03

    Developing ideas


  4. 04

    What kind of show are you making?


  5. 05

    The setting


  6. 06

    Relationship between character and setting


  7. 07

    Starting the pilot


  8. 08

    The content of the pilot


  9. 09

    Story architecture


  10. 10

    Inciting incidents


  11. 11

    Science of a story


  12. 12

    Set-ups and natural story


  13. 13

    Story events


  14. 14

    Plots and subplots


  15. 15



  16. 16

    Projecting forward - the series bible part 1


  17. 17

    Projecting forward - the series bible part 2


  18. 18

    Coefficients of narrative power 1


  19. 19

    Coefficients of narrative power 2


  20. 20

    Coefficients of narrative power 3


  21. 21



  22. 22

    Attenuators of narrative power 1


  23. 23

    Attenuators of narrative power 2


  24. 24

    Attenuators of narrative power 3


  25. 25

    Mastering your craft


  26. 26



  27. 27

    Rewriting and collaboration


  28. 28

    Career development


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