Emmerdale

ITV’s big drama: Television speaks to drama boss Steve November

Steve November

On 18 September 2016, Steve November has a problem. At 9:00pm that night, the slot arrives in ITV’s schedule that would normally be filled by the season premiere of Downton Abbey.

As Director of Drama for the ITV network, November has to find a replacement – Downton is ending, with the last ever episode to air this coming Christmas Day. And, given Downton’s blockbuster ratings performance, it’s going to be a fiendishly difficult act to follow.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to become a drama director

Drama directing is an immensely fun job but also highly competitive. You need determination and imagination to succeed according to Christiana Ebohon. 

Christiana has over fifteen years in the industry. She has been behind some of the most recognisable series, directing Doctors, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. As well as drama series, she has made a number of award-winning short films and is now trying her hand at high end drama and features. Here she offers her best advice on becoming a drama director.

 

Behind the Scenes: Emmerdale

As an educational charity, part of the RTS focus is on providing information for young entrants into the television and media industry. Our Behind the Scenes series explores the production process of some of Britain's most popular programmes. From current affairs to comedy, panel shows and soaps, these films will offer a rare glimpse backstage of each production, highlighting all the different roles and giving a sense of what they involve.