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The Literary Consultancy’s script division works with writers of film, TV, theatre and radio scripts. Our excellent team of readers is made up of experienced writers, script editors and producers, who have worked for the BBC, Channel 4, The Film Council, Miramax, the Arts Council, Hampstead Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, among others.

“A great editorial service with a proven record in the world of book publishing turns its attention to scripts of all kinds – I think this is a much needed and exciting venture.”

Jane Campion, Director of The Piano and Bright Star

The principles we apply to the book division apply equally here. We will provide a detailed, professional and objective critique of work at all stages of development. If you have some way to go, we will tell you candidly. If your script shows outstanding promise, we will suggest appropriate development or production companies who may take your work further.

As a part of the scriptwriting section of our company, TLC plans on hosting and creating film and theatre related events as part of our extended services.  Our newsletters and website will provide updates about our programmes or film related events.

For more information about our script readers, please see the list of readers in our manuscript assessment section.

Fees for Television, Film, Radio and Theatre Scripts

Hard copy scripts will not be read without the correct fee attached. Please include a cover letter and a synopsis, as well as an SAE, if you would like your work returned. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Our fees include VAT which is applicable to all UK residents. If you are ordinarily resident outside of the UK, there is no VAT payable. Our secure online payment portal will automatically calculate your tax rate for you based on your country of residence.

Not sure how to format your script? The BBC has guidelines available here.

Treatment (averaging 350 words per page)Prices (VAT inc.)
Treatment of up to 10 pages£250
Treatment of between 11-30 pages£320
Treatment of between 31-50 pages£400
Any additional pages should be priced at £1.55 per page£3/page
Scripts (averaging 250 words per page)Prices (VAT inc.)
Script of up to 30 pages£250
Script of between 31-60 pages£310
Script of between 61-90 pages£380
Script of between 91-120 pages£450
Any additional pages should be priced at £1.55 per page£5/page

“I wholeheartedly applaud The Literary Consultancy’s script-reading enterprise and I hope it will encourage playwrights to open themselves to the kind of feedback that’s essential if a play is to make the journey off the page and into the audience’s imagination.”

Nick Hytner, Director, National Theatre