TV long form drama, or box set drama, is the dominant form across a wide range of popular genres from police procedurals to workplace or domestic comedies. Many people feel that this form of storytelling has raised the quality of television drama.
Box sets hook us in, they can take over lives (!), and they can build worlds we come to know intimately. But just how do the writers achieve this level of consistent storytelling and audience engagement?
This short course will explore the techniques that are used to shape compelling and convincing small-screen, long-form drama. It will help you develop creative ideas if you are a writer wanting to contribute to this ever-growing form of TV drama. It will also enhance your understanding and enjoyment of viewing box sets.
We will analyse how stories are coherently told over multiple episodes, and how different plot levels shape mini story arcs. We will use examples from box sets in different genres to understand how characters grow with the story and engage us as viewers. We will see how writers create the world of the drama. Finally, we will look at the opportunities for creating new styles and subjects for long form small screen drama in an ever expanding market for quality original television drama.
No writing experience is necessary but a willingness to creative share ideas with fellow students is essential. Being able to mention at least one box set that has impressed you would be a distinct advantage.