The term ‘unscripted’ really means ‘without actors’, in truth, every TV programme has a narrative and script. It’s perhaps easiest to think of unscripted TV as non-fiction television. It can be on any subject, from natural history, religion and music to dating, interior design or learning a skill. It’s programmed on primetime TV, daytime TV and children’s TV as well as streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube.
Some people in craft and technical roles have the flexibility to work in a mix of genres and sectors (including scripted comedy, drama or film). By contrast, those in editorial or production management tend to specialise in either unscripted or scripted TV and rarely cross over. To learn about the routes into unscripted TV roles, browse through the icons and click on them.
Film and TV drama
Covers genres ranging from period dramas to epic fantasies screened at the cinema, on TV or on streaming sites
Visual effects (VFX)
Involves making sequences on a computer that can't be created on set, like enormous crowds and fire-breathing dragons
Combines art with programming as well as production, design and testing - the UK’s fastest growing entertainment industry