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Developing Factual Formats


Developing Factual Formats will address current issues relating to the development, production, financing, commissioning and global franchising of factual television formats including factual entertainment formats.  Students will develop a proposal and produce a taster for a factual programme or series, targeted for broadcast or online commission.  

A factual format as almost anything that isn’t drama, news, live sport, or a one-off event or documentary (The Apprentice, First Dates, The Repair Shop, The Great British Bake Off).  How would you develop a programme that people will watch?  

This module benefits from considerable input from professionals working in the TV industry and your final project will be pitched at BBC Scotland.

This is an SCQF Level 10 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



This module will last for 12 weeks.  A full timetable will be published in advance of course commencement.

The module is timetabled for Monday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm on the Ayr campus.


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Paul Tucker.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.

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