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: How to make a radio trail 17 July 2014

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    22 mins

    30 seconds to impress: how to create radio trails that will make your audience sit up and listen. BBC Radio Cross Trails producer Dominic Ross, BBC Radio 4’s Anne-Marie Luff and Celador Radio’s (The Breeze, Jack FM) James Stodd offer their advice.

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  • CoP Show: Making the most of your idea 10 July 2014

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    19 mins

    Ideas are the lifeblood of TV, radio and online production as fresh and unusual concepts are constantly in demand. But can anyone come up with a great idea? And how do you maximize the impact and success of your ideas? In this podcast Emer McPolin talks to Linda Green, executive producer of the BBC Academy’s Creative Leadership Programme, and BBC producer Claire White, to reveal the techniques that will help you to develop and hone your programme ideas, taking the best from paper to pitch.

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  • CoP Talk: The joy of sketch 04 July 2014

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

    31 mins

    John Finnemore, creator and writer of John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme and Cabin Pressure talks to BBC Radio Comedy producer Colin Anderson about radio sketch writing. Recorded at The Craft of Comedy conference, held in Llandudno, North Wales on 22 February 2014.

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  • CoP Show: how to produce a comedy web series 27 June 2014

    Fri, 27 Jun 14

    22 mins

    The web has become a fertile breeding ground for rising comedy talent, who see it as the perfect platform for exploring their creativity. We talk about the practical considerations with our guests Jon Petrie, producer of People Just Do Nothing, Brothers With No Game co-creator Leon Mayne and Yaz Al-Shaater, co-director of Missing Something.

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  • CoP Show: Why diversity matters in the media 29 May 2014

    Thu, 29 May 14

    22 mins

    Mama Youth's Bob Clarke, Simone Pennant from the TV Collective and Aaqil Ahmed, president of the BBC's Black and Asian Forum talk with BBC Radio apprentice Olivia Cope about ethnic diversity in the media industry, why it matters and what we can do about it.

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  • CoP Show: Making the most of micro video 22 May 2014

    Thu, 22 May 14

    20 mins

    Whether it's Vine, Instagram Video or Keek the popularity of micro video is changing the social media landscape. Our panellists Ian Padgham and BBC Rajiv Nathwani discuss the practicalities of creating these super short videos and how they can be used to enhance the social media activity around your production.

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  • CoP Show: TV Scheduling 15 May 14

    Thu, 15 May 14

    23 mins

    What does a TV scheduler do, why are they important and how is scheduling changing in an on-demand age? Schedulers from BBC Three, Four and Dave tell us more. For more tips and advice about getting into television visit

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  • CoP Talks: How to get into TV design 08 May 2014

    Thu, 8 May 14

    27 mins

    A panel discussion from the RTS Futures event Making it in TV design, with helpful advice on how to get into and ahead in art, costume and make-up departments. Joining Alice Skidmore are production designer and former BBC design trainee Sarah-Jane Prentice, costume trainee Jo Stobbs and Katherine Scoble, a make-up designer with over 15 years' experience in the TV industry.

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  • CoP Show: iWonder and the WW1 Centenary 08 May 2014

    Wed, 7 May 14

    18 mins

    What is iWonder and how is it being used for the BBC's World War One Centenary? We are joined by the team behind both projects to find out more. Tim Plyming is the executive producer the World War One Centenary project. Ruth Levis is a producer for World War One Centenary online. Nick Horrell is a senior product manager at the BBC's Knowledge and Learning department, he's currently working on the iWonder interactive guides.

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  • CoP Talk: Writing medical drama 24 May 2014

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    18 mins

    Interested in writing medical drama? The team behind Holby City, Casualty and Doctors gave some tips for writers in this CoP Talk recorded by BBC Writersroom. On the panel chaired by Kate Rowland, Creative Director, New Writing was writer Lucia Haynes, Holby City series producer Simon Harper, Casualty’s medical advisor Pete Salt and Anne Edyvean, BBC development producer for continuing drama schemes The talk took place at the University of the Arts London and was a partnership between BBC Writersroom, Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins' MA in Dramatic Writing on Wednesday 26th March 2014.

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