Broadcasting Group AGM and talk 'This is a true story: All you need to know about factual drama'

Location: SoA offices
Address: Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB
Event time: 5.30-8pm
Join us for the Broadcasting Group AGM, talk and social

Event details


5.30-45 AGM

6-7pm Talk

7-8pm Social (wine and nibbles)



The BG AGM is open to members only and is free to attend, but you will need to reserve a place. The AGM will consist of a short chair’s report befor breeaking for wine and the evening's talk. Please email Theo with any issues you may like to raise in advance.

The committee would like to nominate Sean Grundy and Hannah Silva for election to the committee. Any alternative nominations must be supported by two BG Members and be sent in writing to the Secretary no later than Friday 20 October, accompanied by a letter signed by the candidate expressing willingness to serve.

This is a true story: all you need to know about factual drama

Mark Redhead (Head of Drama, Hat Trick) in conversation with producer and writer Neil McKay. Chaired by Catherine Johnson

Mark Redhead and Neil McKay are responsible for some of the most compelling and riveting dramas to hit the UK screens. They have entertained millions of viewers. What's the secret of their success and why is factual drama - from costume to contemporary - catnip for commissioners?

Come with your questions and get the facts: what does and doesn't work on-screen or with commissioners; what's the difference between 'based on real events' to 'this is a true story'?; should the facts be sacrificed to express the emotional truth?; are some events and situations too sensitive to cover? What are writers' obligations to historical accuracy, political sensitivities, living characters and minors?; what legalities should writers bear in mind?; how do you square your vision with how the influence production has on scripts?


All prices are inclusive of VAT and include wine and nibbles.

You can also book offline by calling 020 7373 6642 quoting event 635.

Remote Access

We are offering remote access tickets (audio and images, but the visual is not broadcast quality) for members unable to attend the event in person.

Participants can email questions during the event, but we will need to liaise with you in advance to arrange access. Please book your ticket and request further instruction.

If you have any questions or wish to arrange an audio ticket, please email Poppy Rosenberg