Frequently Asked Questions

Contributor Access application

Contributor Access

If you, or your company, organisation or property has been featured in a BBC programme, you may be able to purchase a copy. Please read the information below carefully and if you would like to request a copy, click on the link at the end of this page.

Who can make a request?
Anyone who has made a substantial contribution to a programme, e.g. credited as a performer, writer, guest or production team member. This does not include studio audience members or those seen only in a crowd scene or group. Relatives may make a request on the subject's behalf.

What programmes are NOT available?

  • Programmes not broadcast on the BBC or other non-BBC programmes 
  • Programmes not held in the BBC Archives
  • All sports programmes pre-1966, and some sports programmes since
  • BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television
  • Regional news, Local Radio and programmes broadcast only on BBC Scotland, BBC Northern Ireland or BBC Wales

How much does it cost?

We are required to cover all the costs of providing copies. Costs include research, sourcing and transferring of material, administrative and postal charges.

Some material may be more expensive to retrieve or transfer. If this is the case, we will let you know the additional charges that apply, and confirm that you wish to proceed.

If you were offered a free copy by the production team, please contact them directly.

  1st copy posted to UK 1st copy posted to EU 1st copy posted to USA/Australia Duplicate copy requested at the same time as the 1st copy Subsequent episodes requested at the same time as the 1st copy
TV - Film or Standard Definition Master to a single DVD £132 £135 £140 £29 £55
TV – High Definition Master to a single DVD £162 £165 £170 £29 £85
Audio to a single CD £77 £80 £85 £29 £29

The copy supplied is for personal use only. Any unauthorised use, transmission, distribution or reproduction of the material supplied though the Contributor Access process is not permitted in any circumstances.

Please note that copies supplied to contributors may be made from archive recordings of varying quality reflecting the age and original format. Therefore, sound and vision standards may be considerably lower than copies from more recent programmes. Where an original is on film, standard charges do not cover the cost of re-grading colour, improving sound quality or other restoration work as this would incur considerably higher costs.  

If you've read the above and believe you meet the criteria, please complete the Contributor Access Application Form to begin the application process.