Ceri Meyrick - Development Producer | BBC Drama

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HER…? Because in heading up the BBC Drama Writer’s Academy, she has successfully trained many writers who have gone on to secure jobs within the industry.


WHAT SHE’S DONE… BALLYKISSANGEL, THE CLINIC, DIRTY TRICKS.






Ceri Meyrick is a Development Producer at BBC Drama.  She runs the BBC Drama Writers Academy with John Yorke.  The three month course trains eight writers a year to write for CASUALTY, EASTENDERS, HOLBY and DOCTORS.

The course has been running for six years, and has produced new showrunners on CASUALTY (Mark Catley) and HOLBY (Justin Young) as well as numerous core writers for the series, some of whom have now gone on to develop original projects.

Ceri started as a Radio Production Trainee at BBC Wales, and has worked as a Script Editor and Producer in the UK and Ireland for the BBC, Carlton, World Productions, Granada Kids, Chatsworth, RTE, Parallel and Accomplice.

Favourite productions she has worked on include: BALLYKISSANGEL, THE CLINIC, DIRTY TRICKS, BERTIE & ELIZABETH, POCOYO, WALES PLAYHOUSE and STREETLIFE.




Q: What was your favourite film as a kid?

A: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A: Tony Garnett.

Q: What was your big break?

A: Getting a place on the BBC Radio Production Trainee Scheme.

Q: What was the best day in your career?

A: There's too many to mention.

Q: What has been your most important lesson?

A: Be nice.

Q: If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A: Watch TV.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A: Worrying that I've missed a really good writer.  Just worry really.

Q: What do you feel is a writers’ or filmmakers' key responsibility?

A: To tell the truth. To enjoy it.

Q: What mistakes do you see writers or film makers making over and over?

A: Trying to write "Television" rather than drama.

Q: What advice would you offer a writer?

A: Write what you want to write, not what you think people want.