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Story Producer (Doctors)

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

Role Responsibility

What is expected of you - 

The Story Producer reports to the Series Producer and is part of the team that produces cost-effective drama within the framework of BBC Editorial Guidelines and Corporate objectives.

They conceive, generate and develop ideas, treatments and formats of the highest standards, consistent with Scripted Department strategy. They will also encourage, foster and develop creative talent and ability on behalf of the Scripted Department.

Your duties will include -

  • To produce high quality, cost effective story documents under the leadership of the Series Producer and Executive Producer
  • Produce clear and concise monthly story documents with sufficient detail to ensure clarity for commissioned writers and all departments within production
  • To run story conferences and meetings alongside the Series Producer
  • To maintain good relations and communications with the Editorial Department, resolving story issues which arise post commissioning
  • To write compelling character biographies as required
  • To keep abreast of any story changes that may occur through the scripting process
  • To keep abreast of cast usage, holidays and rest weeks, working alongside the Scheduler
  • To provide holiday cover for Script Editors where necessary
  • To oversee Shadow schemes and Academy training as well as develop some new writers
  • To ensure that on-screen content reflects the diversity of British society and that diverse groups are portrayed appropriately, in line with BBC Editorial Guidelines
  • To be jointly accountable with other Producers for the maintenance of Health & Safety standards throughout the production process
  • To generate creative ideas, treatments and formats for all aspects of the production. To monitor production values and artistic standards and to balance these aspirations with costs
  • 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 Studios and BBC financial arrangements
  • To be responsible for the delivery of the finished programme within all BBC editorial guidelines

Are you the right candidate?

In order to be successful in this role, you must have:

  • Proven Scripted Drama producing experience or significant drama script editing / storylining experience
  • A passion for Scripted Drama and an in-depth knowledge of Doctors is essential
  • An ability to write clear, concise and unambiguous prose
  • A wide ranging knowledge of television production processes, preferably gained within Scripted Drama, and an understanding of the jobs of programme and resource personnel engaged to complete the production
  • An ability to inspire and encourage others, whatever their role, to champion their own ideas and views
  • Ability to generate and transform original or unusual ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with innovative solutions
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people including senior editorial / management staff and talent. Confident in demanding the best from those on and off camera, but sensitive to the pressures of production and understands the necessity of adapting filming requirements during the difficult production process
  • Knowledge of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health and safety policies, editorial guidelines, contracts, and relevant trade union agreements
  • Effective negotiating and management skills; and experience of leading and motivating teams
  • Proven ability to influence and resolve differences in professional opinions, particularly where conflict may exist.  Resilience and stamina sufficient to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: FTC / Attachment until April 2021
Location: BBC Birmingham Drama Village

**Please note that attached is a generic job description for a Producer.  However, this advert is for a Story Producer and the 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 **

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 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, 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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