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Producer, NHU series

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Job Introduction

BBC programmes and channels are enjoyed by millions of viewers around the world. Now an opportunity has arisen for a Producer to join the Natural History Unit. 

The Natural History Unit is the world leader in natural history programming and includes outstanding landmarks e.g. Blue Planet II, children’s series and exceptional live events such as Springwatch and Big Blue Live.

The makers of Blue Planet II are now embarking on a new ambitious series, exploring the world’s oceans to reveal their wonder. Delivering in autumn 2021, the series will combine landmark blue chip natural history content with exploration and adventure.

Subject to greenlight funding. Interviews predicted to take place in early February.

Role Responsibility

Producers contribute to the output of the NHU by working as part of a production. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production. You will be passionate about all our output, know what makes a good story and relish the challenge of producing creative and ambitious content.


A Producer role will vary according to genre, channel and programme style – but duties may encompass any or all of the following:

  • To work effectively to ensure all content is thoroughly researched and meets the BBC’s editorial standards and seek out those never seen before stories.
  • To be involved in shaping the research with your team and setting up filming working closely at all times to the editorial brief of the Series Producer and Executive Producer.
  • To direct crews or self-shoot creatively and efficiently on location, inspiring and pioneering new film-making techniques to help create a fresh visualisation of our ocean.
  • Oversee the health and safety of your team’s shoot sin highly specialised areas of filming - from scuba diving to deep-sea submersibles.
  • To be responsible for offline and online edits, in the available time and within the allotted budget.
  • To write commentary script, direct commentary recordings and supervise post production.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Clear evidence of ambitious natural history filmmaking and the skills and talent to deliver this ambition.
  • Experience of producing visually stunning behaviour-led landmark natural history shows to a populist audience.
  • Evidence of strong directorial skills and ability to identifying key story lines.
  • Demonstrates visual flair and a good storytelling technique.
  • Ability to work well in teams, manage complex relationships with external organisations, sharing information and knowledge and working closely with the AP and researcher in their team.
  • The ability to react appropriately to channel strategy/direction and to deliver to the changing requirements/brief of channel/commissioners/co-producers accordingly.
  • A track record in the successful management of budgets.
  • An interest in new camera technologies and techniques, using them to deliver increasingly intimate and dramatic shots.
  • Proven ability to manage complex and remote shoots and being responsible for safety on location in these highly specialised ocean environments.
  • Confident track record of sound editorial judgements with respect to subject matter, contributors, content, presentation, legal and editorial policy, coupled with appropriate referral to EPs/SPs.
  • Understands the duty of care in general with regard to individuals’ wellbeing and in particular with regard to Health & Safety issues.
  • Knowledge of editorial guidelines and awareness of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making, familiarity with the BBC employment practices and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities, and health and safety guidelines.

About the BBC

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

 The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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