In 1994 I left the long running BBC series Lovejoy in which I had played Eric Catchpole, to direct my first short film. To Baldly Go, was a short romantic comedy which was sold to Channel 4 in the U.K, and also secured an international distribution contract, selling to numerous TV stations throughout Europe and the USA. After a brief spell working in drama script development at BBC Pebble Mill, in Birmingham, I made two more short films for Picture That; Poppy’s Present, which I produced and directed and Puke Fiction (The Vomit Trilogy), which I wrote and directed. Puke Fiction, was shown in competition at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton and won the Electric Pavillion Award, for Best Film, awarded by the Halloween Society. It was also chosen for a screening at the ICA as part of the ‘Uncut’ season of short films and was shown in the ‘British Shorts’ section of the Manchester Film Festival and The Big Fix Festival in Birmingham. My broadcast directing credits include: Dream Team, produced by Hewland International for BSkyB. Coronation Street, for Granada, Crossroads, for Carlton, Family Affairs, for Grundy’s Courtroom for Mersey TV, Hollyoaks also for Mersey and over 40 episodes of East Enders for the BBC.
TV Directing Credits
HOLLYOAKS x 25 Episodes Lime Pictures/Channel 4
EASTENDERS x 50 Episodes BBC TV. 2 x Christmas Specials. Produced & Directed.
THE ROYAL TODAY x 20 Episodes Yorkshire TV/ITV1
CROSSROADS x 20 Episodes Carlton
THE COURT ROOM x 10 Episodes Mersey TV/Channel 4. Lead Director
DOCTORS x 5 Episodes BBC
CORONATION STREET x 4 Episodes Granada
FAMILY AFFAIRS x 5 Episodes Talkback Thames
DREAMTEAM x 1 Episode Hewland International
LIQUID SOAP x 2 Series Devised and Produced this webcast comedy in association with students at Bath Spa University. Winner of the Royal Television Society South West Regional Student award for Best Fiction.
I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE Directed the DVD of this popular Radio Comedy Quiz.
IN HOUSE DIRECTOR The Hall, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
VIDAL SASSOON ACADEMY Directed a suite of training videos for the Vidal Sassoon Academy.
Theatre Directing Credits
The Liberty Tree: Wrote, directed and produced this agitprop musical produced in a co-production with Bath Spa University and Public Domain Productions as a student/community/trade-union theatre project performed in Bath in May, and The Cockpit Theatre in London in June.
Reality Chokes: directed the premiere of this new comedy as part of the 40 year anniversary celebrations of Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead.
1998-2004. Artistic Director, Blockley Millennium Mystery Plays. The Blockley Mystery Plays were originally a community project to mount an ambitious production of the medieval mystery plays to celebrate the Millennium. They have grown into a regular event in the North Cotswolds and the latest production was a substantial outdoor event in June 2004 which had a budget of over £20,000 and a cast and crew over 100. See blockleymysteryplays.org.uk for further information.