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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

    14:41

  2. 02

    Inspiration

    06:35

  3. 03

    Developing ideas

    15:39

  4. 04

    What kind of show are you making?

    13:10

  5. 05

    The setting

    09:06

  6. 06

    Relationship between character and setting

    14:50

  7. 07

    Starting the pilot

    13:04

  8. 08

    The content of the pilot

    23:58

  9. 09

    Story architecture

    17:08

  10. 10

    Inciting incidents

    15:06

  11. 11

    Science of a story

    19:22

  12. 12

    Set-ups and natural story

    15:30

  13. 13

    Story events

    12:46

  14. 14

    Plots and subplots

    09:48

  15. 15

    Episodes

    22:48

  16. 16

    Projecting forward - the series bible part 1

    15:13

  17. 17

    Projecting forward - the series bible part 2

    11:43

  18. 18

    Coefficients of narrative power 1

    10:08

  19. 19

    Coefficients of narrative power 2

    09:53

  20. 20

    Coefficients of narrative power 3

    12:12

  21. 21

    Dialogue

    23:19

  22. 22

    Attenuators of narrative power 1

    12:39

  23. 23

    Attenuators of narrative power 2

    14:03

  24. 24

    Attenuators of narrative power 3

    06:51

  25. 25

    Mastering your craft

    13:31

  26. 26

    Fallacies

    17:23

  27. 27

    Rewriting and collaboration

    09:24

  28. 28

    Career development

    11:05

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