TV research

What will I learn?

Do you want to be the best you can at production research?  Able to hit any programme running with a set of essential TV and production research skills? Don’t miss the chance for a place on the next popular TV research course.

This on-line course for aspiring and existing researchers will teach you all the key skills needed to be a first-rate researcher, including:

  • how to spot and tell a good story
  • widening your sources of information
  • finding and casting contributors
  • writing proposals and research briefs
  • hot internet research tips
  • accuracy and record keeping
  • how to generate ideas
  • a not-so-heavy dose of editorial and legal compliance. 

Who’s it for?

Runners and aspiring TV/digital researchers, current researchers who want to validate and extend their skills, production co-ordinators, production assistants, new entrants and anyone who wants to acquire professional production research skills.

What people thought about it

“Thank you SO much for the course! It has been invaluable; I feel so much more confident about researching now and I can’t wait to use what I’ve learned.” Saskia Almond, Feb 2022.

“Thank you for such an incredibly engaging course. I’m left inspired and loved just how pertinent it was to the industry. I feel like I have a ready-to go toolbox with the tips from keeping a diary, telephone techniques, to detailed pitch and briefing notes. It was so thorough, I didn’t want it to end.” James Ayshford, Sept. 2021

“I flew over from N. Ireland to attend this course and in every way it was worth the trip. Pam’s anecdotes alone are bursting with lessons to be a more thoughtful and productive researcher, but across the two day crash-course we were given info that can inform every aspect of our professional practice from creative thinking to navigating office politics. Pam also knows how daunting it can be for those trying to break into TV and gives her experience with an understanding and respect that can be hard to find in the wider television industry.” Angus Gibson, Feb 2019

“What a fantastic two days. This course has given me the skills and confidence boost going into my next job as a researcher. Pam’s expertise and stories are funny and inspiring, and her jam packed training course covers everything you’ll need to know- and more!” Anna Johnston, Feb 2019.

The tutor

Pam Relton

Pam is an experienced media trainer who specialises in creativity and TV researcher courses. She works regularly with Bectu, ITV, the Indie Training Fund and leading independent TV companies such as Endemol and Tiger Aspect.

Pam is a member of the  CIPD  and qualified in training and development. Her passion for training stems from a real commitment to helping people gain opportunity and inspiration.

With a background as a broadcast journalist in both television and radio, working mostly for the BBC, she has researched a wide range of output including documentaries, features and consumer programmes.

Find out more about Pam on her website




No qualification.


£120 for Bectu members (£150 non-members)

Available dates 2024

The next course will be delivered online over 3 morning sessions from 10.00-13.00 on 9th, 10th and 11th May.

How to apply

For further details and an application form, please apply direct to [email protected]

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