Essential Skills for TV Researchers - £245.00 £294.00

Researchers: How to be the best and beat the rest.

The only 2-day course for aspiring - and existing - researchers. Taught by leading producer/ director Anna Keel, this course will teach you all the key skills needed to be a first-rate researcher including finding and assessing contributors, taking briefs and reporting back to producers, working with agents and talent, keeping records, best use of online - and offline - reseach tools, what makes a good TV story, finding, recceing and working on location, and crucial compliance and legal issues. 

Duration                     2 days
Class Size:                   8 maximum (usually 4-6)
Cost:                             £245 plus VAT


To be put on a waiting list for this date and/or to be informed of future dates, please email


Who it's for? 

For Runners, Researchers and APs looking to improve their skills


None. Delegates will be sent a detailed booking form before the course so we can gauge their experience and objectives and tailor the course accordingly. 


Things you will be able to do after taking this course:

  • Confidently find and cast any kind of contributor, even an Outer-Mongolian Immigrant lesbian amputee.
  • Make sure your facts are correct.
  • Communicate your findings to your producers without wasting their time.
  • Know what makes a good TV story.
  • Know everything you need to know about legal and compliance issues.
  • Find the perfect location.
  • Conduct a watertight recce.
  • Navigate the talent and their agents.
  • Set up and schedule the perfect shoot.
  • Be a first class location assistant.

Course Content

1.      Good research practice: Corroborating, contact lists, status notes, briefs.

2.      Stories: What makes a good TV story?

3.      Casting: Where to start, interview techniques & questions, decision making.

4.      Legal and compliance: Advertising rules, paper trails, duty of care.

5.      Location finding

6.      Recce-ing: What to look for, what to ask, how to photograph /shoot.

7.      Talent and agents: The etiquette and protocol.

8.      Setting up and scheduling a shoot from scratch

9.      Skills on location: How to prepare, how to be a first class location assistant.

Venue & Times 

Location:            DV Talent
                            6 Waterson Street
                            E2 8HL

Times:                10am - 5:30pm
                            (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day)


Anna Keel is a leading Producer/Director whose credits include a number of acclaimed one-off documentaries. Anna began her career with a 4 week placement at the BBC, and has since gone on to become a successful self- shooting PD, whose credits include – Prom Crazy: Frocks and Ferrrari’s, ITV, Stacey Solomon:Depression, Teen Mums & Me, BBC3, and Glamour Models, Mum & Me, BBC3 which is still being broadcast around the world since 2010.


Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.

Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 10 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

What others say about this course

"I did the course when I first got the job as a Junior Researcher on series 5 of Long Lost Family and I've been here ever since as a Researcher on series 6, 7 and the catch up series... I think the course really helped with getting the step up to Researcher on Long Lost Family so I will be forever grateful!"

-Hope Abbot, Researcher

"GREAT. Practicing phone interviews was really interesting and I feel very confident about putting into practice what I have learned."

- Emily Goldblatt, Researcher

"Very good. Very thorough. Very Practical."

- Han Zhang, Researcher/ AP

"Really enjoyed ... felt it was good value & money well spent"

Hollie Abbott, Researcher/ Runner

"Anna was extremely helpful and always willing to help and answer any questions" ,

- Richard Davies 

"Very practical. Straight to the point. Very clear and interesting subjects"

- Sandra Martinez

"Really interesting introduction to an industry in which i want to join"

- Richard Power

"I though it was a really great course. Very informative"

- Tom Colville 

"100x more confident now. Keen to put this into practice"

- Hope Abbott, Researcher


£245.00 £294.00

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