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The BBC and Netflix have formally opened the submission process for their joint disability-led programming initiative.

The five-year scheme is open to UK-based indies that have had a TV commission in the past three years from the BBC – including BBC Films shown on a British BBC platform – or from another major UK broadcaster or SVoD service available in the UK.

The partnership, unveiled at the Edinburgh TV Festival last month, aims to find dramas for the broadcasters to jointly commission that “place disability front and centre” and “increase the range, scope and ambition of stories featuring disability”.

In the creative brief, issued today, the BBC and Netflix state that they want ideas written, created or co-created by deaf, disabled or neurodivergent talent that “challenge any limits that the industry consciously or unconsciously puts upon disability”. It stresses that the broadcasters are not looking solely for returnable series.

The BBC and Netflix will provide joint responses and feedback to submissions, which should be sent to

The broadcasters will host a webinar briefing in due course.

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