Jun 29 , 2020

Producing TV during COVID: Springwatch

  • When: 29th Jun 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Springwatch was one of a handful of shows to come from the BBC’s Natural History Unit  during lockdown. The series was reconfigured, with its team of core presenters broadcasting live from their local areas. Chris Packham presented from the New Forest, Gillian Burke from Cornwall and Iolo Williams from central Wales when the show returned for a three-week run this month. Technological innovation allowed the production teams working from home to access the 30 + camera feeds at locations across the UK.

In this masterclass, Rosemary Edwards outlines how the team made sure viewers could still enjoy this bastion of the BBC2 schedule despite the current filming restrictions.

This session is part of our Producing TV during Covid strand.


Rosemary Edwards, executive producer, Springwatch. With 25 years in BBC live, factual production, Rosemary has worked on the Watches brand since 2014 - overseeing the TV series and digital output.

This session will be chaired by Katherine Parsons, executive producer / media consultant.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com 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.