Background

Ben Lawrie is a producer, director and writer with an established track-record on award-winning, landmark documentaries and series for the BBC, independent companies and US channels.

After his degree (geography – yes, he’s very good at colouring in maps), Ben kick-started his career in unorthodox fashion with a 7,000 mile motorbike journey across South America in the tyre-tracks of 1960s revolutionary Che Guevara.  He recorded this adventure for a BBC Radio 4 documentary, broadcast in 2000 (some years before the same route was made famous in the feature film The Motorcycle Diaries).  The experience convinced him that a career spent telling interesting stories in strange places would be a career worth pursuing.

He has since filmed all over the world in locations as varied as the centre of the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, the Queen’s private library in Windsor Castle and in the stratosphere with NASA.  

Credits include one-off documentaries for the BBC’s prestigious Horizon strand and blockbuster presenter-led series like Channel 4′s ‘Catastrophe’ and the BBC’s BAFTA-nominated ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’.

His latest broadcast was ‘The Plane Crash’, a BAFTA and RTS nominated feature-length documentary for C4 & Discovery.  

Since 2002, Ben has alternated between production and development roles and has won a number of major commissions, including projects for BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 & BBC4.

He was on the jury for the 2014 BAFTAs.

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