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Researchers, Animal Impossible

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Job Introduction

We are looking for 2 experienced and highly motivated Researchers for a new science entertainment format called Animal Impossible, a brand new series for a new client with a packed schedule and fast delivery of 10x50’ episodes for Jan 2020.

This is a chance to help shape a brand new format as well as visualise and create an array of experiments and stunts to put Mother Nature to the test in the most entertaining ways. 

You will need to demonstrate that you can find and research stories and contributors, and set up filming trips in remote parts of the world.  Experience of working with presenters, contributors and wildlife is desirable.  Start date is early January 2019, through to November 2019 or later. Subject to greenlight.

Role Responsibility

  • After initial briefing by the producer, undertake independent research to a broad or specific brief, using all sources of reference, both internal and external, including proper note-taking.  Such research may involve either a journalistic or academic approach, and may involve finding and contacting individuals and organisations; finding locations for filming; identifying and selecting stock shots, film clips and UGC.
  • Evaluate research in terms of programme aims and intentions, make preliminary selections and present findings either verbally or in writing to the producer. As required, to view archive material, select relevant sections and arrange viewing facilities for the producer.
  • Be prepared to work as part of a strong and effective team. Be able to demonstrate judgement on appropriate referral of issues to more experienced members of the production team.
  • Take responsibility for delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest journalistic standards.
  • Suggest strong stories and offer creative and compelling ways of presenting research material within the programme.
  • Find and make initial contact with appropriate contributors; ascertain their views; brief them on the programme intentions; make arrangements for them to be filmed; and look after them before during and after filming.
  • When requested, to attend filming and carry out duties as required, including DV shooting/operating sound. Assist in assembling programme material in its final form. This can include the preparation of interview questions, draft scripts and assembly and preparation of material for rostrum work.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Experience as a television researcher and/or a track record in journalism in other media.
  • Excellent people skills and communication skills and the ability to establish positive working relations with a wide range of contacts
  • Great phone skills
  • Wildlife and/or science knowledge and/or experience.
  • Good understanding of television production techniques and procedures.
  • Strong analytical thinking and the ability to assess complex information to provide accurate and engaging summaries of research
  • Experience of working effectively with a team - be able to demonstrate judgement on appropriate referral of issues to more experienced members of the production team.
  • Understanding of policy requirements, safety regulations, contractual provisions and limitations, statutory requirements relevant to programme making, Producer Guidelines and the legal issues associated with investigative journalism, covert filming and programme financing.
  • Flexibility, resilience and sense of humour

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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