Script Producer (River City)

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 EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, River City, and Doctors, Birmingham drama such as Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway, to series and serials such as Silent Witness and Luther to name just a few!

River City has been running since 2002 and is our successful continuing drama based in the fictional district of Shieldinch, a close-knit Glasgow community. 

Role Responsibility

Under the management of the Series Producer, you will have overall responsibility for ensuring that the editorial vision of the Series Producer is maintained within scripts, in conjunction with the storylines.  

You will be responsible for the editorial quality of all scripts in development including reading treatments and selected drafts of every episode; ensuring the Series Producer's notes are addressed at the various stages of script development.

You and the Story Producer, will be the first point of contact for all writers and writers' agents, establishing and building on existing relationships with agents and maintaining the standard of writers.  You should also have an up-to-date awareness of emerging talent.

You will be expected to highlight to the Producer concerned and the Series Producer, any script which should be considered for a re-brief, or which might have to be pulled.  In the event of a problem with a writer it will be your responsibility to deal with the writers and agents, ensuring proper feedback is given.

It will be your responsibility to ensure that the continuity of stories and content throughout the series is consistently monitored and you will communicate all changes and consequences for existing material to the Series Producer, Story Producer and Block Producers.

In addition you will inform the Business Affairs Executive for literary copyright, Line Producer and Accountant about commissions and confirmation of delivery so that payments can be made.  Working with the Series Producer and Line Producer, you will manage the Script writing budget across the series. 

It will be your responsibility to maintain a script schedule for all drafts of episodes, a spread sheet that is easy to access and understand. This schedule must be available to the Series Producer and Story Producer and must be maintained and up to date despite the regular changes that can occur. You will also ensure that delivery dates and all changes to existing dates are clearly visible to all of the editorial team. You will communicate all relevant changes to the Series Producer.

You will be expected to develop and line manage a team of Script Editors on a day to day basis on behalf of the Series Producer, including managing performance and annual appraisal, recruitment and contract renewal with the Line Producer and managing any change as and when the business requires it.

The Ideal Candidate

It is important you have the necessary skills we are looking for:

  • Significant television drama experience including extensive Script Editing.
  • Awareness of audience needs, and the ability to respond with original and viable production ideas
  • An understanding of Copyright law, and Writers Guild agreements, knowledge of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health and safety policies, BBC's Editorial Guidelines, Recruitment and contracting process and the legal implications of the production process
  • Experience of working with Writers under pressure
  • Proven ability to influence and resolve differences in professional opinions, particularly where conflict may exist
  • Effective negotiating and management skills and experience of leading and motivating teams
  • Thorough knowledge of established writing talent, script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent
  • Experience of reconciling artistic aspiration with financial constraint to deliver programmes on time and within budget
  • A proven awareness, enthusiasm and interest in popular television drama, with specific relevance to Continuing Drama.  A passion for drama and knowledge of River City is essential

Package Description

Band – D

Contract - Continuing Contract

Location – Dumbarton, Glasgow

**Please note that attached is a generic job description for a Producer.  This advert is for a Script Producer and the requirements and duties specific to the role can be found below**

**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.

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