Senior Script Editor (EastEnders)

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 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 dramas such as Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway, to series and serials such as Silent Witness and Luther to name just a few!

Role Responsibility

The postholder will report to the Script Producer.

What is expected of you?

As Senior Script Editor, you will be required to support the Script Producer and ensure all commissioned scripts are delivered to a standard and conform to the editorial brief, as well as provide advice on all script related matters associated with the production.  

You will be available to give help and guidance to the Script Editors on problematic stories and episodes along with giving help and support in the development and nurturing of the Assistant Script Editor and other prospective members of the script editing team.

In the absence of the Script Producer, you will be required to act up and offer support as required, along with edit their episodes, attend production meetings and cover the Executive Reviews as and when necessary.

Your duties will include

  • To Edit scripts as required and also cover triple bank blocks and holiday cover
  • To be first point of contact from all departments for all editorial script issues and escalate to the Script Producer where necessary
  • To read various drafts throughout the draft process and attend meetings and give any series notes and to ensure proper continuity in all scripts – including that of story, tone, character and details of fact
  • To help and support the Script Producer in overseeing and police Story and Character continuity
  • To compile a list of weekly and monthly contentious bullets for the Script Producer
  • To generate creative ideas and story ideas of the highest standard, consistent with EastEnders
  • To help identify and encourage new writing talent. To maintain an up-to-date awareness of emerging talent
  • 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

The Ideal Candidate

  • Significant experience as a Drama Script Editor in a long running drama series
  • You should have significant experience in generating creative ideas and treatments and experience of working with new and experienced writers under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • You should also be able to work well under pressure with strong communication, negotiation, influencing and persuading skills and the ability to work within a team and on your own initiative
  • The ability to handle confidential information with tact and sensitivity
  • A sound understanding of copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of production processes
  • An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions
  • A thorough knowledge of script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent
  • An enthusiasm and interest in popular drama entertainment, especially EastEnders


Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12 Month FTC / Attachment
Location: BBC Elstree

**Please note that this is a generic job description for a Script Editor. However, this advert is for a Senior Script Editor on EastEnders and requirements and duties specific to this 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 **

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  • 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.


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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