Production / Ideas and research


Whichever area of the industry you're in, the ability to research and tell stories is essential. This section offers lifesaving tips for researchers on how to work creatively and efficiently, and on the resources available to get the best for your programmes.

Stuart Robertson, archive assistant producer

Interested in delving into the BBC archives for a living? Meet Stuart Robertson who has been doing it - and loving it - for over 20 years.

I made… Deadly 360

Bringing predators to life without drowning in a sea of archive rushes – the weird world of the archive researcher on children’s natural history programme Deadly 360. Amanda Kear tells us more.

I made … The Red Cross Crisis

It often takes only a small team to make the most compelling radio documentaries. Isabel Sutton describes how big brains, big questions and editorial judgement helped deliver Radio 4’s The Red Cross Crisis.

Research skills for TV

What are the key skills and resources needed when researching for factual TV? Three guests discuss how to source great stories in this week's podcast.

Science television

Michael Mosley and Helen Docherty join Sophie Lording to discuss the challenges and everyday inspiration they use to bring science to the screen.

Using archive

Good archive can come from many sources and offer productions a window onto the past and a new perspective. Our panel discuss creative ways of finding and using archive.

Working with contributors

How do you ensure contributors are treated honestly and with respect while asking them to do something which is often well outside their comfort zone?

Measuring audiences

Measuring viewers, listeners and users for TV, radio and online - four guests discuss how BARB and RAJAR can tell us about viewers and listeners.

Staying on air - part 2

Dealing with consent, privacy and online content - our podcast gives you useful tips to keep your programme on air or online.