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Ideas from the Public

Are you are in the right place? This page explains what to do if you are a member of the public with an idea for a new TV programme.  

Programme Ideas

Programme development and production requires an in-depth understanding of the television process. The BBC simply does not have the resources to support individuals through this process as it can take many months or even years to develop a successful idea and will often involve multiple people. 

Other Opportunities 


Would you like to be a Writer?

The BBC Writersroom aims to discover and develop new writing talent for Drama and Narrative Comedy. Visit the website to find out how to get in touch and for advice about writing and delivering scripts.


Are you a Documentary film maker?

BBC Fresh: New Directors gives up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to have their one hour Documentary films broadcast on BBC Three. Each year six films are selected for commission with a budget of up to £100,000.  

BBC Fresh Online is an online community for new film-making talent giving upcoming Factual filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their short form work on BBC Online.

Find out more about Fresh: New Directors and Fresh Online.


Are you interested in working for the BBC? 

Check out the BBC Careers website for the latest job opportunities.

As well as traditional job oppertunities there are a number of apprenticeship and training schemes available through the BBC, many aimed at individuals without degrees. Find out more about these schemes on the BBC Careers Website: Trainee Schemes

Current opportunities include the Business Management Higher Apprenticeship and The Local Apprenticeship Scheme in Journalism.

 

Got a News story?

There are a number of ways you can contribute to BBC News. Have you got a story to tell or is there something you think the BBC should follow up? Have you seen or been involved in a news event? Is something significant, bizarre or unusual happening where you live? If so find out how you can get in contact with BBC News.


BBC College of Production

The BBC College of Production is a free online learning resource for radio, TV and online production offering videos, podcasts and articles from broadcasting innovators and experts and is a great place to find further advice and tips.


Working with an Independent Production Company

If you are a member of the public with a programme idea you could work with an independent production company to get your idea to the screen. An independent production company will provide the support and expertise needed to realise your programme idea.

When researching what company to contact it’s a good idea to watch programmes similar to your idea and note down the name of the production company from the end credits.

The majority of these companies do not accept unsolicited ideas from members of the public so please contact them first to check before sending them your idea. 

PACT, the industry body representing the independent sector publishes a directory of their members which is a useful resource for contacting relevant companies.

Broadcast is a weekly magazine for the TV and radio industry which provides news on commissioning, production, facilities and technology and can be a useful point of reference.

The Broadcast Production Guide can provide information to help you find production companies amongst other useful film and TV contacts.

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