TV fiction writing

TV fiction writing

This guide aims to navigate you to key quality resources to help you locate information to support your research. If you need help referencing your work, please see our referencing page which has guides to all the referencing systems used across the university.

For further help, please contact your librarian for advice and support.

Finding journal articles

A good general starting point if you are looking for journal articles on a specific subject is to use the Library's Discover service. Discover is a fast, broad search across the majority of the library's full text resources.


Databases allow you to perform more focused searches which can help you find relevant information more quickly.

  • ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database with over 19,000 journal titles (millions of articles) in full-text. The data covers 1905 to present. As well as journal articles, the database includes international newspapers and dissertations
  • Web of Science Core Collection includes the Social Sciences Citation Index which indexes over 1700 major social sciences journals from 1900 onwards
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive indexes the core US and UK trade magazines in film, music, broadcasting and theatre
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences is a unique resource which indexes over 2 million journal articles, book reviews and book chapters from 1951 to present providing international coverage of social science and related disciplines. Over 7000 books and 3000 journals are indexed annually

Moving image and sound archives

  • Box of Broadcasts is a TV and radio off-air recording service with archives of programmes from 2007 onwards. Staff and students can record, view and create playlists of programmes. See About BoB for more information on this resource
  • Media Plus is a multimedia platform offering digital image, video and audio collections copyright cleared for use in education. There is an online quick guide to the collections
  • Screenonline is an online encyclopaedia of British television and film with hours of film and clips
  • TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching) is a key source of British television and radio data


  • BBC Writer’s Room is a resource which supports aspiring writers with practical advice as well as material to inspire creativity
  • The Daily Script is a collection of downloadable movie scripts and screenplays
  • Film Scriptwriting has supporting material on story structure, format, character development as well as practical information on submission and lists of freely available scripts to read
  • Internet Movie Script Database is a large repository of film scripts which you can read or download
  • The Script Factory is a London-based company who specialise in supporting script development through tailored one-to-one sessions with writers