Inside the UK Writers’ Room: TV Drama Demystified


Inside the UK Writers’ Room: TV Drama Demystified

Date: (awaiting dates)

Duration: 1 day
Capacity: Approx. 20-25 participants
Fee: £125 10% Early Bird discount availablefor a limited period.

At the heart of every acclaimed TV drama, is a great story. In this newly developed 1-day workshop, experienced screenwriter and series story producer, Neil Arksey, will give you invaluable tips and tools to navigate the colourful world of team writing.

Serial drama has always been the training ground and key route into TV scriptwriting on both sides of the Atlantic. Using practical examples you’ll be examining the process of in-house story development, from character to dialogue, method and structure. You’ll develop your story muscles in one action-packed day, and walk away armed with an understanding of what it takes to be part of the writing team on a successful continuing drama.

Learn what goes on inside the story office, including how to storyline, beat, scene-by-scene and weave together multiple story strands. With practical advice and real-world insights, you’ll get a solid framework to help you develop your next project and give you the edge in the competitive world of TV drama.


  • The big idea
  • Precinct
  • Creating core characters
  • Serial storytelling
  • Futures – long-term stories
  • Launch episodes
  • Storylining
  • Beats
  • Scene-by-scenes
  • Story editing
  • The Head Writer
  • Teleplays
  • Script editing 

Tutor profile: Neil Arksey, Screenwriter and Series Story Producer


Neil Arksey's workshops at LFS

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As screenwriter, story editor and consultant, head writer and series producer Neil Arksey has been responsible for over a thousand episodes of serial drama at home and abroad. In the UK, he has worked on shows such as CROSSROADS, FAMILY AFFAIRS, DOCTORS, MILE HIGH, and RIVER CITY. And abroad, amongst other projects, he was head writer on Salatut Elämät, a 5-day-a-week soap in Finland, and series story producer on Jóban Rosszban, a continuing hospital drama set and based in Budapest.

In addition to working as a writer and producer, Neil has taught writing at several universities, colleges and film schools. He is the author of a number of popular books for children, teenagers and young adults, published by Penguin and Random House, including Playing on the Edge, Brooksie and Flint.