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WFTV Pat Llewellyn
Bursary Fund

the Pat Llewellyn Bursary FUND WILL RE-OPEN IN 2024

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The Pat Llewellyn Bursary fund is for the next compelling talent led documentary. Do you think you’ve discovered the next Stacey Dooley, Yinka Bokinni or Louis Theroux? Pitch us a winning proposal and not only will we give you £10,000, we’ll also match you with a mentor to help you make your idea happen.


To apply, we ask for 250 words to sell us your idea which should be suitable for commission by a UK broadcaster.


The 2023 Fund will give four successful applicants £10,000 each to develop their TV proposal. To celebrate Pat Llewellyn’s Welsh roots, and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, one place this year will be held specifically for any woman either born in or living in Wales, or with a Welsh parent.


The Fund is a collaboration between WFTV, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, All3Media and The Welsh Government.




Before you apply for this bursary, please make sure you have read the Bursary FAQs. These include important information about what you need to include in your application.


It is free to apply, but you may only submit one application with one idea. If you submit more than one application, or more than one idea in a single application, only your first submission/idea will be considered.

You can watch WFTV Chair Liz Tucker, explaining what the awarding committee is looking for and the key things you need to consider when putting together your application, on our Catch-up Hub.

To be eligible to apply:

  1. You must be resident in the UK.

  2. You do not need to be a member of WFTV.

  3. If you are the owner of a production company, your annual turnover must be below £1m. In certain cases, verification of turnover may be required.

  4. To celebrate Pat’s Welsh roots and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, two places each year will be held specifically for women either born  or living in Wales or with a Welsh parent.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by members of the awarding committee in the spring and the Bursary winners will be announced shortly after that.

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Everything you need to know about applying for the WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary

If you are thinking of applying, we strongly recommend you watch this session with host WFTV Chair Liz Tucker, who is also the chair of the bursary awarding committee, explaining what the awarding committee is looking for and the key things you need to consider when putting together your application.

She revealed the critical information you need to include, both about yourself and your TV proposal.

You will also get the chance to hear from previous bursary winner, Laura Martin-Robinson who used the bursary to develop 60-minute documentary Mothers, Missiles & the American President.

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about the Pat Llewellyn and the Bursary Fund


The fund was first launched in 2018 in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn. She died of metastatic breast cancer in October 2017, and the Bursary Fund was created to remember her and honour the huge contribution she made to TV programming worldwide.


Pat was a multi-award-winning producer and renowned for discovering and developing new talent. During her career, she created BBC2’s Two Fat Ladies, discovered Jamie Oliver and christened him The Naked Chef, made Gordon Ramsay famous with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and launched the career of Mary Portas with Mary Queen of Shops.

Pat ran Optomen, a production company with offices in London, New York and LA, which under her leadership grew from a turnover of £5m to £55m.


The Bursary is funded by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, the Welsh Government and AllThreeMedia and managed by WFTV.


We are very grateful to our sponsors of this initiative:

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