We're taking a look back at DocLab 2018's Tammie just before we announce our 2019 trainees!

2018 DocLab alumnus, Tammie Ash on the tasks assigned to her in her role at production company, True North.


I’d previously never worked at a TV production company so my work placement at True North was a very new and different experience for me. From the first day, I was given work to do - which was great as I felt like a member of the team straight away. I was part of the Shop Smart Save Money team, researching for the upcoming third series which Channel 5 has just commissioned.

I had the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to the creative process for the development of content for the show. The team would 'mindmap' ideas and themes for individual episodes and discuss the layout of the format.

I was able to understand the thorough process of casting and how people are selected for the show. There is a lot of engagement with people’s personalities and lives to judge whether they would be a good fit for both the show as a whole, and that particular episode. Most of my time was spent researching themes and ideas that were proposed for upcoming episodes, gathering enough information for the team to decide whether the idea could be executed or not. As we were dealing with physical products from shops, there would often be issues with the price of the product changing after the time of filming and at the time of broadcast – these issues had to be considered in the planning of the show and a lot of problem-solving was required.

I also had the opportunity to fact-check scripts for a new More4 series, Devon and Cornwall. This allowed me to double check certain lines in the script to make sure they were accurate and can be traced back to a reliable source.

It was great to see this creative, yet efficient process of making a show and what I realised most, was how much effort, thought and research goes into every single detail behind the scenes – something I will definitely appreciate the next time I watch anything!

Published: 30 April 2019

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