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Production & Editorial: Drama & Soaps


Soaps and continuing drama sit at the heart of the UK production landscape.


BBC Studios Continuing Drama continues to be the industry leader in training, nurturing and developing the next generation of on and off-screen talent.  

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, director, storyliner, script editor, make-up artist or costume designer, shows such as EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors and River City can offer the first step on the ladder into the world of scripted drama. 

The fast-paced nature of soap provides an unrivalled environment for creative talent to develop from entry-level roles into the key editorial and production roles needed to bring these shows into the homes of millions.

Open Opportunities

See below for a list of our live editorial and production training opportunities. Click into each to find out more and apply.

Casualty Directors' Course 2024

The Casualty Directors’ Course 2024 is designed to give eight directors the opportunity to attend two paid bootcamp weekends at the show’s home in Roath Lock, Cardiff. Click here to find out more and apply. 

Closed Opportunities

You can read about past training opportunities below.

Trainee Researcher (EastEnders)

The Trainee Researcher is an exciting year-long placement which sees the successful candidate given the opportunity to work alongside the Script and Story Researchers who provide support to the editorial and writing team, to identify and carry out research activities on any subject matter through the story and script process. 

Trainee Script Editor (EastEnders)

The Trainee Script Editor is an exciting year-long placement which sees the successful candidate given the opportunity to spend an initial six months working alongside the script team, before spending three months in the story office. After experiencing both worlds of script and story, the final three months of the year-long placement will be spent in either team, chosen by you. 

River City Academy 

Launched in August 2023, the River City Academy will upskill and train over 50 people across the award-winning production. This initiative is being brought to life in partnership with Screen Scotland. Applications for the January cohort is now closed. Click here to read more

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