4STORIES, the new-talent scheme, designed to bring on and help establish the next generation of writers and directors, is back!

The scheme is aimed at finding genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television.

We encourage applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama – including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Three writers will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at BlackLight Television to develop an original half-hour idea as part of an ambitious anthology series that will showcase their unique voice.

We are looking for three new exciting directors to direct the final scripts from the three writers who have been chosen for further development and production.

The series will be broadcast on Channel 4. Directors will learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals, kick-starting their careers directing drama for television.

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 from BlackLight Television, the aim is to create an eye-catching, original and bold anthology. We aim to start pre-production in the spring of 2019.

4Stories is the evolution of the Channel 4 talent initiative Coming Up, which most recently created the BAFTA and Broadcast award-winning film ELLEN. The first year of 4Stories resulted in ON THE EDGE, an anthology of films to be broadcast on Channel 4 this August.


The closing Date for directors is 5th November 2018.

Please go to www.blacklighttv.co.uk for more information and to apply online.