Researcher (Birmingham Drama Hub)

Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Studios Scripted (Drama) makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City, and Doctors, Daytime dramas including Father Brown, and Shakespeare and Hathaway, to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Musketeers, to name just a few! 

Role Responsibility

This role is to work across a number of projects including Father Brown, The Sister Boniface Mysteries and Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators as well as other projects in Development.

What will be expected of you -

  • You'll provide support to the Script Producer and Writers in order to identify and carry out research activities on any subject matter suggested by the story lines and ideas. 
  • You will also be required to generate suitable alternative ideas where research indicates that original ideas are not viable/ appropriate
  • You will undertake all necessary administrative tasks, including negative checks, billings and synopsis
  • You will provide research support and graphics content (e.g. newspaper articles) for the art department

The Ideal Candidate

It’s really important you have the necessary skills we’re looking for.

  • Practical experience of drama television production techniques and an informed interest in Scripted drama production specifically. 
  • You will also need a broadly based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques. 
  • It is essential you can demonstrate an understanding of script writers and the script writing process
  • You need the ability to interpret editorial intentions and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems. 
  • You will also need some experience of establishing and maintaining office and administration systems along with familiarity with office and information technology. 
  • You will also need the ability to communicate information effectively to a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to the BBC as well as the ability to handle confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: FTC / Attachment - January to November 2021
Location: Birmingham Drama Village

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

  • 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.

​The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


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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