Junior Topical Researcher, The One Show (BBC Studios)

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Job Introduction

The One Show is looking for a talented, creative and reliable junior researcher to work on its topical film team which supplies one or two short films a day to the running order of the UK’s favourite prime-time magazine show.  You will help with originating, researching and casting those films and assisting in shooting them on location.

This is a high profile show constantly in the public eye and we are only looking for the most able candidates.

Role Responsibility

The topical film team’s Junior Researcher works to the Film Team Producer who in turn reports to the Executive Editor and Deputy Editor with responsibilities as follows:

  • Initiating, researching and developing fresh ideas for topical films.
  • Keeping abreast of the news and reading a wide range of newspapers, magazines and other source material.
  • Suggesting original, thought-provoking and if appropriate humorous treatments.
  • Writing clear, concise and accurate briefs for reporters and film-makers.
  • Casting the best contributors who will shine on camera rejecting those who don’t meet the highest standards.
  • Fact-checking sometimes at short notice to tight deadlines.
  • Having the confidence to reject narratives and allegations reported elsewhere as a result of research.
  • Adapting to a fast-changing environment.
  • Carrying out thorough research telephone interviews with contributors.
  • Sourcing props and locations for shoots.
  • Negotiating access to locations and securing all permissions.
  • Ensuring all films abide by the BBC's Editorial and Legal guidelines.
  • Assisting on shoots and self- shooting if required.
  • Working with colleagues in relationships in accordance with the BBC's stated values.

The Ideal Candidate

You must be able to display a good grasp of current affairs and topical news stories with a commitment to rigorous fact-checking and the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and have a thorough knowledge of The One Show and its audience.

You will be an ideas person with flair and the confidence to propose and argue for your ideas in the knowledge that only the best will be commissioned.


Package Description

Band: A
Contract type: Fixed Term - Full Time
Location: London

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/1206242/53831 in the subject.

• Flexible / agile working -  opportunities across the business

• 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.

• Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.


About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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