True crime refresher: legal and compliance considerations

Two officers reviewing evidence bags
24 Hours in Police Custody (C) Channel 4, The Garden Productions
Two officers reviewing evidence bags
24 Hours in Police Custody (C) Channel 4, The Garden Productions
20 Jun 2024, 12:00-13:30
Application deadline
3 Jun 2024
Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
Unscripted TV
ScreenSkills funded

As part of the ‘Mind Your Business’ strand, we're offering training in a range of areas related to business management & development, production finance, legal & business affairs, rights, and compliance, giving individuals the tools needed to thrive in their chosen field in unscripted TV. 

In this 90-minute session, Clare will guide you expertly through some of the key legal and Ofcom issues arising making true crime programmes. 

Who it's for

This session is relevant to programme makers at all levels of experience in unscripted TV and will be suitable for those already working on true crime programmes as well as those interested in moving into this sphere. 

The majority of the Unscripted Skills Fund (USF) online short course offering is for those at early career stage and above. As a result, we generally require applicants to have at least three credits (unless working in a traditionally uncredited role). If you strongly feel you would still benefit from the training, please email so we can assess if an exception should be made.

We are committed to ensuring all our courses are accessible to everyone. Please email the above address if you have any access requirements and we will be delighted to help.

What it covers

Clare will look at the wide range of legal and Ofcom issues that can arise, including privacy, fairness, accuracy, defamation and contempt of court. Taking a practical, non-legalistic approach, and using clips and examples to bring the issues to life, Clare’s session will breakdown the legal pitfalls and explain how to avoid them.


Clare Hoban is a highly experienced content lawyer across television, film, audio and print. Clare started her 20-year specialism in content in print, followed by years as a senior television content lawyer at the BBC. Clare now works across industry advising broadcasters, production companies and podcast producers at Reviewed & Cleared.

Clare has an in-depth understanding of how television is made and enjoys long-standing, trusted relationships with broadcasters, production companies and industry insurers.

Clare regularly advises on content following the work of the emergency services, including police and medics, and is actively sought out to help navigate issues including duty of care, consent and privacy.

Over the years, Clare has advised on a large number of high-profile, controversial documentaries and factual dramas. She has also advised on hundreds of hours of live, ‘as live’ and fast-turnaround output including high-risk entertainment and current affairs.

How to apply

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to attend, we ask you to please use the 'decline ticket' function on the right hand side of the page so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This course would normally cost participants to attend but, thanks to this support, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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