RTS Scotland

Taking flight in production jobs

Dr Masood Khodadadi holds a bald eagle

Two RTS Scotland Futures masterclasses, on audio post-production and scriptwriting, followed in early March.

Sandy Robertson, Head of Production, Factual Entertainment, at BBC Studios (Scotland), which makes Dragons’ Den, Amazing Hotels and Points of View, explained some of the roles in the production office.

A production secretary, she said, is an entry-level job, involving booking travel and accommodation. “The person would be quite green – I would expect to be telling them what they need to do and how to do it.”

Behind the scenes of BBC Scotland's Shetland

BBC Scotland crime drama Shetland, which celebrated its first decade on screen last year, was put under the spotlight at an RTS Scotland event in February.

The event was held in partnership with the Bring the Drama Festival, which complements the six-part BBC Two talent show Bring the Drama, fronted by Bill Bailey. The festival opens up the world of drama to people interested in a career on screen or stage.

Key crew members discussed how they contribute to the success of Shetland, which is made by ITV Studios company Silverprint Pictures.

Float: BBC Scotland's "sweet, sensitive and sensual" sapphic story

"I’d like viewers to get either a window into a world they don’t know much about or a mirror where they see themselves reflected …. I want people to be moved, feel connected and maybe feel a little less alone.”

This was one of Stef Smith’s aims for her BBC Scotland/Screen Scotland short-form digital drama Float. The first series won Smith an RTS Writer award. Series 2, which launches on iPlayer at the end of this month, was premiered at an RTS Scotland/BBC Scotland event in late February.


If you dream of penning episodes of Coronation Street or River City; or have your very own script masterpiece you think commissioners would fight over, then this is the event for you.  This RTS Scotland writer’s event is aimed at budding TV writers keen to break into the world of TV drama. 

You’re invited to meet a brilliant panel of writers, who have written for some of the top dramas of recent years, and will share their experience and words of wisdom at this special event.

Following the discussion, attendees will be invited to network with the panel over drinks.