CoP Show

CoP Show

The first of its kind for the production community, the CoP Show from the BBC College of Production provides practical advice on all aspects of TV, radio and online production. In conversation with industry experts, TV and radio creatives and technologists. We also publish on this feed CoP Talks, special editions recorded in front of a studio audience.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • CoP Show: Review 2014 18 Dec 2014

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    15 mins

    It’s been another great year on the CoP Show. We’ve spoken to a wide range of people in the broadcast industry, all keen to share their tips and TV, radio and online know-how. We heard from Radio 1’s Greg James, Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young, comedy genius Richard Curtis, Bob Shennan, head of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and The Asian Network, Tania Alexander, creator and producer of Channel 4’s Gogglebox and Steven Knight and Colm McCarthy, the writer and director of BBC’s massive hit Peaky Blinders. We also caught up with some of the rising stars in TV, radio and online broadcast who shared their inspiration and advice for those who want to follow in their footsteps.

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  • CoP Show: How to become a radio presenter 11 Dec 14

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    10 mins

    Have you ever wondered how some of your favourite presenters got into radio? Greg James, Yasmin Evans, Marvin Humes and Sam Hall spill the beans on their paths into presenting.

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  • CoP Show: Radio - how to get your foot in the door 11 Dec 2014

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    8 mins

    Want to work in radio but not sure how to get your foot in the door? The Radio Festival Foot in the Door event aimed to help.

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  • CoP Show: Jimmy McGovern - in conversation 04 Dec 14

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    35 mins

    ‘Great storytelling is about complexity of character and simplicity of plot.’ Jimmy McGovern, writer of Cracker, Priest, Accused, The Street and Dockers, joins BBC Writersroom to explore the craft of writing and bringing complexity and richness to characters through simple narratives.

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  • CoP Show: The BRITs: social media success 2014 28 Nov 2014

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    26 mins

    The BRITs 2014 became the most tweeted about non-sporting event in UK TV history. The awards were streamed live to a world-wide audience on YouTube for the very first time, generating huge audience interaction outside of the UK during the broadcast itself and 7.5m views of the YouTube content in the week following the show – more than twice the figure from the previous year. In this session recorded at the Radio Academy's Radio Festival 2014, Michelle Feuerlicht, executive producer of digital at Somethin’ Else, Giuseppe De Cristofano, head of digital at BPI, and YouTube fashion sensation Fleur De Force talk to Steve Ackerman about the secrets behind this huge success.

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  • CoP Show: Nihal – dealing with controversy 28 Nov 2014

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    15 mins

    Listeners please be aware there are some adult themes are covered in this podcast. Multi award winning presenter Nihal takes us behind the scenes of his phone in radio show for The BBC Asian Network. He shares his views on how broadcast media deals with issues of ethnicity and talks about the editorial challenges of putting together one of the most controversial phone in shows aired on any of the BBC networks, and explains the preparation required to get the tone right. This is a special edition of the CoP Show was recorded at the Radio Academy's Radio Festival 2014.

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  • CoP Show: Inner Voices: how writers create character 27 Nov 2014

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    21 mins

    From William Blake to Charles Dickens, authors have written or talked about experiencing auditory verbal hallucinations when writing fiction or hearing voices that others cannot hear. So is this the same when writing for radio or television? And if so, do writers hear characters as clearly as if a real person were speaking or as an external voice outside of themselves? In this podcast we hear from accomplished TV and radio writers Sarah Phelps and Al Smith and from Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, co-author of The Writers' Inner Voices project, the first ever large-scale investigation into how writers and storytellers hear voices. They discuss what it feels like to hear characters, whether there’s a difference between creating characters for television, radio and written fiction and the practicalities of script writing. For more podcasts, videos and articles visit

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  • CoP Show: Richard Herring on podcasting 21 Nov 2014

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    19 mins

    In this specially recorded session from the Radio Academy's Radio Festival 2014, Richard Herring, comedian, writer, online trailblazer and creator of the semi-legendary Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, chats to Absolute Radio'€™s Geoff Lloyd about how he has become a podcasting sensation. He talks about how he shapes his brand, about mixing in free content and about engaging with his audience by building an active Herring community.

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  • CoP Show: Iain Lee - how to do radio 21 Nov 2014

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    20 mins

    Go behind the scenes with Iain and Katherine as they lift the lid on their Radio Academy Award winning breakfast show for BBC Three Counties Radio. They talk about how they decide which stories to run, how to get the best out of callers and why awkward moments on air aren'™t necessarily a bad thing.

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  • CoP Show: Welcome Back: 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    16 mins

    Encouraging and equipping BAME professionals to re-enter the TV industry with renewed confidence and up to date knowledge - a special podcast from the BBC Academy Welcome Back event.

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