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Story Researcher

Job Introduction

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

Role Responsibility

You'll work closely with writers, developing and writing stories in a variety of formats and in conjunction with the writers, story team and Executive and Series Producers, produce clear and concise monthly story documents with sufficient detail to ensure clarity for commissioned writers and all departments within production. You will attend story meetings to give research notes and ideas to support stories, and often research alternative approaches to stories providing accurate and detailed supporting material.

You will also research issues arising from story and present comprehensive reports on every side of the argument. You will read storyline material and be able to identify and report on possible areas of research, and also stay up to date with current affairs and social and cultural movements particularly as they pertain to London. You will identify, and where necessary, establish and maintain relationships with experts in specific field, including the initial negotiation of fees or payments where appropriate.


The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will need significant experience as a Researcher, preferably in Drama and will have the ability to write clear, concise and unambiguous prose. 

You'll have a broadly based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques, and a real passion for Drama with an in-depth knowledge of EastEnders being essential. You'll have a the ability to interpret Editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of story problems, and will also have experience of establishing and maintaining office and administration systems.


Package Description

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.

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. 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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