NFTS Leeds: Interview Skills for Factual TV

Short course


This 2 day interactive, practical course is for non journalists who want to develop their interview skills for TV or film documentaries and other non-news factual programmes, whether a presenter, producer, director, or self shooting.

Day 1 will look at the different types of interviews that are used in TV and the different techniques that can be used. We’ll look at the practicalities around doing interviews and how to get the best out of interviewees. We’ll see good examples and talk about the challenges of getting the tech right in the moment.
We’ll cover casting to get the right interviewees, good practice and duty of care when dealing with members of the public whilst also getting what you need for your film. And you will start to plan your interviews for day 2.

Day 2 will be practical when you will be conducting and filming interviews and will be able to review them as a group.

The course will be interactive with a lot of group work, discussion as well as the practical filming and interviewing. The final activity will be for everyone to record their own personal plan for what they will do next / how they will develop their own practice.

About the Tutor

This course is delivered by Peg Alexander. Peg is a Leeds based broadcaster and journalist. Her speciality is getting people to talk and having great conversations. She has interviewed thousands of people – from famous celebs such as Luke Goss of Bros, Amanda Owen, Rev Richard Coles, Nick Hancock, Stacey Dooley, through to politicians and public figures such as Ed Milliband, George Galloway, Paul Mason and Marina Wheeler - Boris Johnson’s ex-wife.

Peg works for the BBC as a live roving reporter – rocking up and talking to people out and about, often having just met a few minutes before going live on radio. She has anchored 10 series of live and as-live discussion TV, with hundreds of shows under her belt. She hosts a range of live events, Q&As and in conversations-with up and down the country as well as hosting many live conferences and events and increasingly hosting live streamed interviews on social media. She is a regular contributor to Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £365
Corporate Rate: £565


How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

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