Outlining the outline

Thanks to two train journeys, my first draft of the Military Monster pilot was completed and, after feedback and a bit of hack 'n' slash, draft two is back with my editor. The pressures of the deadline! Last week, Danny Stack, screenwriter and co-creator of the Red Planet Prize, posted a few more tidbits of info. This included highlighting the need for a "short synopsis", which may be for the episode or the series - "whatever you think best sells the idea/script/show". And I haven't the first idea how to write such a thing. In my head, I know the theme of the first season, the general character development and the bad guy(s). I've also jotted down some notes to myself, including potential directions for Season 2 and 3 (because, hey, dream big, right?). Yet, is that what's required? Or does this synopsis require episode outlines? And, if so, how many episode outlines? Six, like Hustle, one of Red Planet's shows? Or Thirteen, like...
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The television forecast

Now that the big work project is over, I have more time to work on my writing. Wrong. What I actually need to do is pack up all my belongings for a move. Wrong again. The bigger the task before me, the more I distract myself with writing. And it all gets done eventually, so it's a win-win situation. This morning, instead of piling books and old VHS into boxes, I wrote the series outline to go with my pilot. This may seem a little ambitious, given that the pilot is currently eight pages long and chances of it getting commissioned are slim-to-none. However, I don't think one can write a television pilot without knowing where the whole thing's going. Does it have the legs for a season, let alone five seasons? What is the theme of the season and what arcs need to be set up in that very first episode? Submissions to BBC Writersroom require a complete pilot script AND a brief series...
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