4Stories Scheme Launch

4Stories is a new talent scheme, brought to you by the producers of Coming Up, which will bring on the next generation of writers and directors.

The scheme is aimed at encouraging applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama - including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.


We want to hear from emerging UK talent who bring a distinct and alternative view of modern Britain. We are looking for 3 writers and 3 directors to take part in the initiative. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on a new three part series of half-hour, interconnected films. One big story, told via three unique points of view, made by new diverse talent. This ambitious series will be broadcast on Channel 4.

As part of the paid development programme writing-trainees will participate in a writer's room out of which the series will be created. They will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at Touchpaper TV where their scripts will be developed. The process will see trainee writers and directors learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals. They will also be mentored by high profile drama talent, and will take part in a bespoke training programme to run alongside and beyond the production of the series. It will include masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events.

This is a unique opportunity for emerging writers and directors to make an authored TV drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Touchpaper Television, a Banijay Company, the aim is to create an eye-catching, original and bold series.

What do we look for? Bold, unique and surprising voices - unafraid of ambition, with, urgency and fearless entertainment. We are looking for diverse talent who bring a fresh perspective.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcomed from any writer or director who meets the criteria set out above. Although all applications will be considered on their individual merits, in order to promote diversity and to increase participation of those who are currently under-represented in TV drama, use may be made of the positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010 when deciding between two equally qualified and talented applicants.

All applicants must be a resident of the United Kingdom.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions section before applying.

Please follow the links below to apply:

4STORIES 2016 Writer Guidelines
4STORIES 2016 Director Application Form
4STORIES Equal Opportunities Form

The closing date for receipt of applications is:
Writers - MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2016
Directors - FRIDAY 6th JANUARY 2017

Writers - Submissions accepted by EMAIL ONLY to:

Directors - Submission accepted by POST ONLY to:

Touchpaper Television
21 John Adam Street