2nd Assistant Director (Casualty)

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Job Introduction

Do you have professional experience of working in the role of 3rd or 2nd Assistant Director?  Are you passionate about Drama?  Ready for the opportunity to progress your career?   Then this is the role for you!

Multi award-winning drama series about the staff and patients at the Holby City Emergency Department, charting the ups and downs in their personal and professional lives whilst tackling many controversial and taboo issues. Through great writing and visual flair the show balances gritty realism with high drama to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, week in week out.

Becoming integral member of the AD Department of a continuous drama is relentlessly challenging and diverse. Refining your ingenuity and problem solving to keep the show rolling. The fast paced and varied  nature of Casualty nurtures development in all areas of the profession. Being a Medical Drama creates challenging stunts, current medical storylines and long running character development.

Role Responsibility

The Second Assistant Director will report to the Production Manager on a day-to-day basis.

The postholder will work on their own initiative and also as part of the Assistant Director’s team.



To assist with the shooting schedule in conjunction with the Production Managers and 1st Assistant Directors and to have an overview of the overall production schedule. 

To be aware of likely effects of day-to-day filming issues, acting swiftly to respond and then communicate necessary changes to the relevant departments.

To identify and communicate additional support requirements during the planning stages of a block.

To facilitate Post-Production requirements in conjunction with the shooting schedules and artist availability.



To be an inspiring team leader who will motivate and encourage the AD teams.

To understand the various cast issues and personalities and resolve with diplomacy.

To maintain good working practices.

To act as a focal point for everyday issues concerning the production process.



To ensure production and distribution to the production office of the call sheets and recording orders.

To provide the Line Producer, Producer, Production Manager and 1st Assistant Director with relevant information, thereby alerting them to any significant issues regarding the cast, crew, schedule and/or potential production problems as they arise.



The 2nd Assistant Director will be required to keep themselves informed of other broadcast output, industry issues and be up-to-date with developments in new technologies and ways of working.

To share and communicate, as appropriate, their industry experience with colleagues in the department.

To manage their own and encourage the other AD’s aspirations and expectations in terms of development and training.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience as a 2nd Assistant or 3rd Assistant Director or a Stage Manager from theatre
  • A developed knowledge of television or stage production and an understanding of the roles of production personnel
  • Experience working within a production or theatre team, facilitating efficient group dynamics
  • A knowledge of BBC Health and Safety Regulations and BBC Values
  • Proven ability to work with a range of people and to demonstrate effective production skills
  • The ability to meet deadlines whilst working across a range of tasks at different stages of completion
  • The ability to adapt to changing circumstances, planning quickly and efficiently
  • Is computer literate with a working knowledge of Movie Magic Scheduling and Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge and passion for Continuing Dramas, especially with Casualty


Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Contract type:                   10 month FTC / Attachment 

Band:                                 B

Location:                            BBC Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff Bay

**Please note that this is a standard Studios Production contract and potentially can involve up to 55 hours per week **

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with ref: BBC/TP/224227/58177 in the subject.

We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.

About the BBC

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Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise. 

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