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Work Experience Opportunities in London within Television

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction


  • Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout July, August & September


Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Television. If you’re interested in Arts, Science & History, Documentaries & Specialist Features, Drama, and Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for a large volume of TV including programmes such as The One Show, Watchdog and Horizon.

Role Responsibility

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of production. You could be helping with research, learning how a studio operates, and working on outside broadcasts and in a live studio. You may get the chance to watch programmes go out on air and understand the processes for commissioning, producing, scheduling and broadcasting. 

During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in. 

The Ideal Candidate

What we’re looking for

We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In Television we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.

We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.

We take our jobs seriously, and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about Television and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.


You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Television and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.

Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work.

We have placements available in the following areas:

Arena (August & September only - over 18)

Arena offers an opportunity to work on in-house productions as well as co-productions, offering the chance to get involved in online projects and research.

Arts Development (4 week placement - over 18)

Gaining experience with research and writing proposals for arts documentaries, contributing ideas to team brainstorms and acting as a runner on occasional shooting days.

Documentaries (over 18)

Working in the heart of one of our busy production teams, assisting researchers with finding potential contributors and filming locations; working in post-production by logging tapes and rushes. There may also be opportunities to support the team with filming on location.

Entertainment Television (over 18)

You'll work alongside the production team helping with basic research work, undertaking day to day office duties whilst working alongside the production runner. There may also be opportunities to accompany teams on location shoots.

Factual London - Arts (over 18)

Factual London – Arts offer experience in the day to day running of the programmes that will be in production at that time. This will involve accompanying teams on location, basic research work, running for the office team, transcribing interviews, etc. You should be interested in the administration and organisational side of production rather than the editorial side.

Factual London - History & Business (over 18)

Factual London – History & Business offer an opportunity to assist the production teams. This is likely to involve basic research work, running for the office team, transcribing interviews, and possibly accompanying teams on location. You should be interested in gaining an overview of the production process.

Factual London - Science (over 18)

Factual London – Science offer experience in the day running of the programmes that will be in production at that time. This will involve accompanying teams on location, basic research work, running for the office team, transcribing interviews, etc. The ideal candidate will be interested in the administration and organisational side of production rather than the editorial side.

The Sky at Night - (April over 18)

You'll assist in production on the day to day running of the programmes.  The ideal candidate will have an academic background in Astrophysics or a strong interest in astronomy side of production rather than the editorial side. 

Films (over 18)

Films offer an exciting opportunity to witness first-hand the filmmaking process and both the creative, business and legal side of production.  

Horizon (August and September only - over 18)

Horizon offers an opportunity to witness all parts of the television production process from idea generation to filming and editing.  

In-house - BBC Comedy, London (4 week placement – September only – over 18)

Candidates will be working on the second series of Brian Pern. To be initially based in Grafton House then on location. To help the Production Co-ordinator in setting up filming (call sheets, artists transport etc.)  They will be assisting the runner in looking after kit/food/drinks etc. on location. To provide ad hoc support to the production team as required.

Music Television – The Proms 2014 (over 18)

The Proms and Proms Extra is part of the BBC Music Television department within Radio Production, which is responsible for much of the BBC’s music and dance output on television and other audio-visual platforms.  We are looking for applicants with a demonstrable interest in Television and Classical Music

Storyville (over 18)

STORYVILLE is the BBC’s flagship international strand. Our day-to-day work is primarily editorial and not production-based so you will not be “on-set”. However there will be opportunities to attend meetings, edits, shoots and screenings with members of the team. You will also have opportunity to meet with other strands such as Arena, and work with the Executive producer for Factual Acquisitions.

The Culture Show (July and August only - over 18)

Candidates will be supporting research, assisting on shoots and day to day office duties whilst working alongside the shows Runners, Directors and Coordinators.

The One Show - London (over 18)

An opportunity at entry-level to learn the basics of television production and build a foundation of skills and experience.  The Runners are a key part of the Production Management team and the One Show machine.

Watchdog (Rogue Traders) (August & September - over 18)

Candidates will gain the opportunity to work alongside the Production Team opening and replying to viewer correspondence, go on hunts for locations and potentially attend a film shoot and editing afterwards

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.

Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.

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