Developing ambitious new history projects for BBC1, BBC2 and co-production ventures. January 2013 onwards.
Running development team at award-winning indie. Work on a variety of history projects for main UK broadcasters. Sept 2012 – Jan 2013.
Dragonfly Film & Television Productions
The biggest ever controlled plane crash. A Boeing 727 airliner is crashed into the Sonoran Desert, Mexico. A feature-length special for Channel 4/Discovery/ProSieben. Filmed in Mexico, USA (Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Florida) and UK. March 2012 – July 2012. Nominated for BAFTA Award (best Specialist Factual), RTS Award (best Science & Natural History) and BAFTA Craft Award (best sound).
The story of dramatic new research into the mysterious world of the unconscious mind. Do you control it… or does it control you? Filmed in UK, USA (Ohio, New York, Arizona) & Canada. 1×60′ for the BBC’s award-winning science documentary strand, Horizon. August 2011 – Jan 2012.
A new generation of astronomers are building super-telescopes that will rewrite the story of the heavens. This film follows the men and women pushing the limits of knowledge in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Filmed in Chile, USA (California, Utah), France & Sweden. Feb – August 2011.
1×60′ documentary made in just 13 days following the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Professor Iain Stewart examines the causes and consequences of the disaster.
1×60′ Will fatal accidents become a thing of the past? New advances in engineering and medicine look set to forever change the story of a car crash. Filmed in Canada, Sweden & USA (Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida & Michigan). Sept 2010 – Feb 2011.
Spectacular study of the volcanoes making up the Pacific Ring of Fire. CGI, actuality sequences and stunning aerials. 1×45′ for the second installment of History Channel’s Emmy Award winning series ‘How the Earth was Made’. Filmed on location in Alaska, California and Washington. July – Nov ‘09.
Development - Development Producer
Developing new formatted history and science series, as well as follow-up episodes for Pioneer’s blockbuster project, ‘The Big Question’. June ‘09.
US online performance artist Ze Frank presents a one-off for Discovery looking at the science of speed. Multiple stunts, big budget, spectacular action – record-breaking freefalls, supersonic aeroplanes, and a school bus fitted with a fighter jet engine. Filmed in California, Indiana & Florida. Jan – June ‘09
Super Diamonds - Edit Producer
Documentary telling the story of science’s quest for an artificial ’superdiamond’. 1×46′ for National Geographic’s established series, Naked Science. Dec’08 – Jan ‘09.
Tony Robinson presents award-winning landmark series with stunning CGI looking at how Earth history is driven by catastrophe (5×50’ C4/Discovery). Episode 5: Survival Earth. The last 100,000 years of Earth history. Filmed in USA (California, Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska & Ohio), Iceland & UK. Jul ’08 – Oct ‘08.
BBC Science & History Studio
The One Show - Producer/Director
Selection of presenter-led short films for BBC1′s popular prime time magazine show, the highest rating factual show on British TV. Sep-Dec ’07.
- New Year’s Resolutions (TX Jan ’08) – The psychology of resolutions.
- Snoring (TX Feb ’08) – Presenter Michael Mosley discovers an amusing way to stop snoring.
- Christmas double bill (both TX Dec ’07): Drinking – The science of drinking. Hangovers – What causes a hangover… and how to prevent it.
- Fireworks (TX Nov ’07) – Presenter Michael Mosley learns how to build his own firework.
Earth: The Biography - Edit Producer
Rewriting and re-cutting the whole series ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’ (see below) for National Geographic. Jul-Sep ’07
Dr Iain Stewart presents BAFTA-nominated landmark CGI documentary series (5×60′ BBC/Nat Geo/ZDF) telling the story of the Earth. Episode 5: Rare Earth. The natural and cosmic phenomena that have made Earth a home for complex life. Filmed in Mexico, Australia, Madagascar and USA. Apr ’06 - Jun ’07
BBC Specialist Features
Landmark documentary series (8×60 BBC/Discovery) presented by Peter & Dan Snow. Dynamic storytelling, actuality sequences and unique CGI bring to life key battles that shaped our world. Episode 2 - Midway 1942. The story of an epic WW2 naval battle in the Pacific. Filmed in California, Hawaii & UK. Aug ’05-Mar ’06
Jerusalem: Anthem for England
Programme commissioned – 1×60′ BBC4. Nominated for Best Arts Documentary, Banff World Television Festival June 2006 and for Arts & Specials at the 2006 Rose D’Or Global Television Festival.
20th Century Battlefields - Assistant Producer
Episode 3 - Korea 1953. 1×60’ filmed in Korea and UK. Director of various scenes in Korea and UK. Mar-Jul ’05
20th Century Battlefields - Assistant Producer
Episode 4 - Vietnam 1968. 1×60’ filmed in Vietnam and UK. Director of various scenes in Vietnam; self-shooting in UK. Oct ’04-Mar ’05
The Bog Bodies - Assistant Producer
2,000 year old murder mystery. 1×50’ documentary for BBC’s prestigious Timewatch history strand. Filmed inIreland & UK. Director of various scenes – digi and-self shooting DV. (Jul-Oct ’04)
1×50’ Timewatch drama documentary filmed in USA, Sweden & UK. Director of all US drama reconstruction sequences and aerial filming, plus various scenes in UK. Jan-Jul ’04.
How Mad was King George? - Assistant Producer
1×50’ Timewatch drama documentary reappraisal of King George III with HRH The Prince of Wales. Wrote commentary, conducted 2 of the main interviews. Director of exteriors and artefacts. Sep -Dec‘03
The Brief Histories
Programme commissioned – 1×30′ BBC3
Gallipoli – The First D-Day - Assistant Producer
1×50’ Timewatch documentary filmed in Turkey and France. Director of opening sequence aerials. Jan-Sep‘03
Developing new history programmes and series resulting in commissions for BBC1 (D-Day to Berlin) and BBC4 (Black Flash). July ‘02-Jan ‘03.
Terra Circa - Director
Granada Sky travel documentary series (6×25’). Four adventurers travel overland from London to Japan (eps. 3 + 6). Oct ‘02-Feb ’03.
Following Che - Director/Editor & self-shooting
1×52’ travel/history documentary. 7,000-mile South American motorcycle journey in tyre-tracks of Che Guevara.
The Funky Lowlives, Live at Cargo – Director
Live music video. Jun-Aug ’02
The Making of Dickens - Director
1×26’ BBC/Opus Arte co-production. Apr-May ’02
Dickens - Coordinator
3×60’ landmark BBC2 drama documentary series. Nov ‘01-May ’02
Developing new factual projects and pitching to commissioning editors (BBC, C4, C5, Discovery International/Health/Europe, SBS, CBC and National Geographic); company’s representative at 2001 Toronto Documentary Forum. Oct ‘00-Oct ’01.
Production - various
David Starkey’s Henry VIII - 1x2hr special, C4 (2002 Indie Award winner); Flannery O’Connor – 1x1hr PBS ‘American Experience’; Private View - 10×30′ Channel 5/NVC Arts, international art documentary series. Oct ’99-Sep ‘00.
BBC Radio 4
1 x 26′ BBC Radio 4 documentary. Che Guevara’s formative adventures in South America. Jan-Aug ’99.
Education & Training
BBC Writing for TV course
Three day BBC-funded training course focussing on script writing and story telling (Mar ’03).
European Concept Development Course
One week BBC-funded training course at the ‘Media Academie’ in Hilversum, Netherlands (Mar ’03). New techniques for developing ideas for television, especially interactive TV.
BUFVC Archive Research Course
Archives, archive research, clearance, copyright (Feb ’01).
Aimimage (Feb ’99): adventure filming techniques.
Sound recording course
Revolution Recordings (Jan ’99): sound recording/production, live interviews, actuality, equipment.
Royal Geographical Society expedition planning course (Nov ’98): logistics, filming, first aid, etc.
Expedition filming course
Café Productions/Royal Geographical Society (Apr ’98): filming in remote locations, safety, etc.
The University of Nottingham
BA (Hons.) Geography, 1995-1998
- Extensive work and travel experience overseas in Europe, Asia, North & South America, Africa and Australasia.
- ivisa for work in USA
- Full car and motorcycle licences
- Wide-ranging knowledge of television production processes, including in the air, at sea and underwater, with substantial experience with CGI, presenters and specialist filming.