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Script Editor - Dr Who

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Studios is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television.  These range from continuing drama such as Doctors, Casualty, Holby City and EastEnders to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Mother Father Son, to name just a few!

Role Responsibility

You’ll report to the Associate Producer and Executive Producer:-

To support all additional script requirements and development for the series and any spin offs that may be undertaken on screen and online

To support the development of storylines and scripts editorially and administratively.

To ensure that commissioned storylines and scripts are of the required standard, conform to the editorial brief and are available for use at the appropriate time.

To advise on all script related matters associated with the production, and to help manage the relationship between the writer and the production.

To generate creative ideas of the highest standard consistent with the series.

To work collaboratively with the other Script Editor on the show and to support them and cover on their blocks as needed.

Throughout the production, to represent the interests of the writer to the production team and the interests of the production team to the writer.

To ensure that the writer consents to major script changes and to convey the writers point of view in his/her absence.

To ensure that the writer is actively involved in script alterations in order to preserve the quality of the working relationship between the Producers/Director and writer.

To ensure that writers are sufficiently aware of the financial implications of editorial decisions.

To work with all departments in production to ensure they are kept up to date with the demands of the script. Where challenges arise to help find creative solutions with the relevant department in collaboration with the Writer, Producer and Director.

To be responsible for providing writers with sufficient information to enable the editorial brief to be met in respect of style, content, form and any other special considerations.

To ensure the consistent treatment of established characters and continuity within the story line and episodes.

Where necessary to restructure and generate new storylines within your scripts.

To generate creative ideas and long term story ideas.

To turn drafts around quickly and creatively and to ensure all deadlines are met.

To co-ordinate and communicate all script changes to those concerned.

To seek new material and take steps to identify and encourage new writing talent. To maintain an up-to-date awareness of emerging talent.

To ensure that scripts are prepared in the appropriate format.

To be aware of the full extent of the financial and purchasing authority of the post, and to ensure that this authority is exercised in accordance with BBC financial arrangements.

To ensure that writers are sufficiently aware of editorial values and standards and that scripts are developed in a manner consistent with the BBC’s editorial policy guidelines.

To support all additional script requirements and development for the series and any spin offs that may be undertaken on screen and online.

To undertake the necessary story research and provide specialist advice to support the writer through story development and drafting.

To make sure that all scripts legally comply with the BBC editorial guidelines and are checked by the editorial policy unit and business affairs where necessary.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following;

  • Experience of script editing prime time TV drama.
  • An excellent understanding of all aspects of screenwriting, including premise, story, structure and character and an ability to apply this knowledge to working situations with writers.
  • Experience of working with writers under pressure
  • Interest in popular drama in particular an awareness and understanding of BBC Drama for a family slot
  • Thorough knowledge of script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent.
  • A knowledge of and access to new writers/talent with diverse backgrounds
  • An understanding of copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of the production process.
  • An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.
  • Knowledge of FINAL DRAFT and other script packages.
  • Experience of having worked in writers/story rooms and broken story in a group setting would be extremely desirable.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to establish and maintain good working relations with a wide range of contacts.
  • The ability to establish quickly the intentions of Producers and convey these to the writers.
  • An ability to empathise with writers.
  • The ability to generate creative production ideas, treatments and formats.
  • The ability to display tact and sensitivity when dealing with writers and producers.
  • Resilience and stamina to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules.
  • You’ll be proactive, self-sufficient and able to trust your own instincts
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • The ability to keep abreast of professional, technological and working practice changes.
  • A range of life/work experiences and talents that would be a useful asset and enrich the contribution to the whole team.

Package Description


For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

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

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.  Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application.  There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to.  Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage. 

  • 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 25 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Package Description

Length of contract – 22 Months

Grade/Band - D

Hours – Production

The beginning of this contract will be based in London with a move to Cardiff.

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

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.

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. 

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



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