Contact: Emily SmithRegion: All UK

Title: Commissioning Editor
Genre: Documentary
Region: All UK

About Channel

The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster with a channel portfolio that  provides entertainment, news, drama, factual, current affairs, comedy, children’s and arts coverage across BBC One, BBC, Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies. 

Programme Interests

Documentary commissioning


From BBC One trilogy Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation to BBC Two’s Hospital the key words you should think about when developing content for us are timeliness, scale and ambition. Our slate sits across channels and platforms and there are a huge range of shapes and durations we can play with in series and single films.

Our content has a crucial role to play in helping us to make sense of an increasingly complex world, taking us right to the heart of the biggest and most challenging stories. We want BBC documentary series that matter now and tell the stories that impact people lives today.

We are also keen to introduce a variety of tones across documentaries output and are currently looking for series and singles with a distinctive, irreverent and mischievous tone. We want ideas which reflect diverse voices which come with a strong sense of place and identity.

On and off screen talent remains crucial across all the channels and we are keen to find ways of exploring new and established talent.

Looking For

Pitching to BBC


BBC Pitch is the tool by which UK based television production companies and BBC in-house production teams can submit content proposals for BBC network television.

Eligible companies must register for a BBC Pitch account before submitting a proposal and must read and accept the BBC Pitch terms and conditions. Please see the Eligibility criteria section for further information.  

Please note, individuals not affiliated with an independent production company cannot register to use BBC Pitch, please see the Ideas from the public page instead.

Those wishing to submit ideas for BBC Radio should visit the separate Radio section of the site and please see the Online section to find out how to submit digital and technology ideas. 

BBC Pitch is part of BBC Television’s commitment to improve the commissioning process, enabling BBC commissioners to consider programme ideas more efficiently. It is designed to simplify the process of managing and tracking proposals and allows the BBC to monitor whether it is correctly operating within the Code of practice.

The system does not replace any of the creative conversations with BBC commissioning teams, it is simply a way to manage ideas better. BBC Television receives up to 10,000 proposals a year and time with commissioners is limited so meetings will always be based upon the merit of the proposal submitted through BBC Pitch.

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