Building a Sustainable Labour Force

  • Ruth McElroyEmail author
  • Caitriona Noonan


This chapter provides an empirically grounded analysis of the labour processes from which TV drama emerges. Few scholarly accounts of television drama attend to the occupational experiences of those who bring drama to our television screens, especially those generally referred to as ‘the crew’. This chapter advances drama scholarship by analysing its distinct forms of labour and the tensions that emerge when seeking to create an agile, skilled and diverse workforce. It argues for more critical attention to the precarious conditions experienced by production crew resulting from the increasing internationalisation and deregulation of the TV industry. This analysis is grounded in substantive empirical findings, giving voice to the workers and decision-makers involved in the BBC’s Roath Lock drama studios, a major strategic investment in TV drama labour force.


Television labour Skills Crew Talent BBC Studios Doctor Who 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Creative IndustriesUniversity of South WalesCardiffUK
  2. 2.School of Journalism, Media and CultureCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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