Inside the BBC with BBC Young Reporter: What's it like to work on EastEnders?

BBC One's EastEnders has been entertaining the nation for over 35 years – but what's it like to be on the other side of the production?

The Young Reporter team went behind the scenes of some popular BBC brands to find out which jobs go into making hit content.

From camera trainee to actor, join us for a sneak peek at some of the roles on EastEnders.

Josh Codner, camera trainee

There are so many different ways to get into the TV industry and it's open to so many different people. So I personally didn't go to university... I prefer to learn on the job.

Josh's top tip

Start filming things as early as you can. Just filming things with your mates can help build up experience with the camera to prepare you for roles in the industry.

Zack Morris aka Keegan Baker, actor

Acting was a hobby that turned into a passion, that has then turned into a career.

Zack's top tip

You can learn a lot from watching lots of films and shows you love and really paying attention to the actors' performances. Acting classes can be really helpful too, like local drama groups.

Kyri Zindilis, story editor

I joined EastEnders as the archivist and then a story liner and then a script editor and then my current job as story editor.

Kyri's top tip

Keep an open mind. There are so many different areas of production that you can try out before you decide what you want to do. So, don't rush, don't be scared – try bit of everything and you will eventually find your place.

John Piper, trainee vision supervisor

Theatre was a great way for me to get into television because I learnt the performance side and dramatic side and then I added in cameras and that was a really nice progression for me.

John's top tip

Get involved wherever you can. Don't be afraid to ring or email people to see if you can come and shadow someone.

Pippa Baddeley, production accountant

I think a lot of people think accountants are kind of dull, stuck in offices, just alone with their calculators counting beans. It's not all about that. We work with the production. We're really at the heart of it.

Pippa's top tip

You can get experience with accounts by running your own accounts and then maybe join a club and work as their treasurer – where are they spending money? Could you help them make savings?

Elizabeth Kwenortey, trainee script editor

I graduated in the pandemic, and it was quite difficult to find a job. So, the most important thing I did, which helped me, was talking to people. I would send out many emails to people within the TV industry... and I introduced myself.

Elizabeth's top tip

Make the most of online resources, like the content on the BBC Writersroom's website. They put scripts up of various popular shows that are shown on the BBC and you have that access to reading scripts.

Shakeelah Archibald, junior prop hand

I attended a CV clinic which really helped me. Once my CV was in good shape, I took the courage to apply and luckily I got the traineeship role.

Shakeelah's top tip

If you have an interview coming up, try practising answering questions with loved ones. Keep practising saying who you are and what your skills are to get used to doing it.

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