Writer, Director, Consultant, Narrator
MRS DICKENS' FAMILY CHRISTMAS
As her Yuletide gift to the nation, comedian Sue Perkins exposes the unsavoury true story of the Merry Dickensian Christmas. Pick of the Day feature in THE MIRROR. Best Documentary in THE SUN.
"In this enjoyable documentary, Sue Perkins paints a poignant picture of a doomed marriage" (THE MAIL- Pick of the Day)
"my find of the week... a stringently researched, captivating account of what a bastard Dickens really was... By the end, you were somehow able to see him as both a genius and a sad little man" (Euan Ferguson, OBSERVER)
Writer of Francesco da Mosto's series on Shakespeare's fascination with all things Italian(BBC2)
HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Writer of episode of Andrew Marr's 8-part series on world history(BBC 1)
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 1), STORM-CHASERS (DISCOVERY EUROPE), HOTEL INSPECTOR (C5)
ROMANCING THE STONE
3 X 1 hours series for BBC 4 presented by Alastair Sooke on the story of British sculpture over the past millennium.
"brilliant" (TIME OUT)
"utterly absorbing"(DAILY MAIL)
MODERN MASTERS: HENRI MATISSEpresented by Alastair Sooke for BBC 1 Part of an innovative series on modern art.
"masterful portrait of Henri Matisse. Fascinating" (TIMES)
"clever, lively, scholarly, but not too lecturey"(GUARDIAN)
"a thorough yet very accessible introduction to the work of a unique talent"(TIME OUT)
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 1). JUNIOR APPRENTICE (BBC 1), HOTEL INSPECTOR (C5)
MY LIFE IN VERSEA one-hour film for the BBC 2 poetry season with best-selling young people’s writer Malorie Blackman.
"Poetry gives rhyme (but never reason) to injustice; which is why this terrific programme is itself a poem." (TIME OUT- 5 Stars)
"A warm and thoughtful cruise through the black British experience."(GUARDIAN)
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 1), RAGING PLANET (Discovery Europe), THE QUEEN IN 3D (Channel 4)
Edit Producer and Writer
THE WILDEST DREAM
An award-winning 90-minute documentary feature released on IMAX thru Nat Geo in August 2010. As well as supervising the edit on this ambitious project, I wrote the script, directing some interviews and drama recon.
"a new peak in adventure filmmaking... artfully deploys a double narrative"(FILM REVIEW)
"an absorbing new documentary... adroitly mixes a variety of material, including contemporary interviews, fascinating vintage newsreels, beautiful and exciting color footage shot on Everest" (LOS ANGELES TIMES)
THE SCORPION KINGA 50-minute documentary for C5/ National Geographic.
THE STAR OF BETHLEHEMA one-hour film for BBC 2.
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 1), HOTEL INSPECTOR (C5), COUPLES WHO KILL (DISCOVERY)
LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONSeminar on script-writing for documentary TV
A 96-minute profile of the people of modern Russia for Discovery - also cut to a 43-minute version.
WHAT'S THE STORY?
Group workshops and one-to-one instruction on TV doc script-writing for the BBC College of Journalism
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 2), HORIZON (BBC 2)
3 x one-hour episodes of BBC 2 series
THE SPY FROM MOSCOW
A one hour drama doc set in the Cold War. Espionage behind the Iron Curtain as the world faces nuclear Armageddon
"a compelling hour's viewing, tastefully scripted" (TIME OUT)
"A terrific film, mixing dramatised sequences with archive" (STANDARD)
"A dramatised documentary that was a model of its kind" (INDEPENDENT)
VANUNU AND THE BOMB
one hour drama doc telling the story of Mordecai Vanunu, who risked his life to lift the lid on Israel's biggest secret- its atom bomb.
"Dramatic reconstructions in the service of documentary content have rarely been as slick and engaging as in this mini-series on the culture of secrecy and espionage surrounding nuclear weapons…. A gripping tale… deftly reconstructed…. Relevant, topical and controversial" (TIME OUT)
Consultant on the entire 5 x 1 hour series
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 2), DIET DOCTORS (C5), HOTEL INSPECTOR (C5)
Writer, Producer, Director
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Documentary with Jeremy Paxman for BBC 2.
The unlikely ancestry of a familiar face. Peaking at around 5.5 million viewers, it finished the broadcast hour with the highest ratings across all terrestrial channels
"a compelling piece of social history with a personal slant" (The FT)
"brilliant programme" (GUARDIAN)
"wonderful, moving mix of personal anecdote, startling discoveries and vivid social history"(TIMES)
Writer, Producer, Director
WHEN TOBY MET JULIE
Documentary for BBC 4 and BBC 2. The bawdy story of the infamous Modern Review
"Not a conventional boring arts doc....rollicking good fun to watch"(TIME OUT)
"Mark Halliley's wry and clever film"(TELEGRAPH)
"Top marks to Mark Halliley for last night's entertaining WTMJ"(DAILY MAIL)
"unexpectedly entertaining... plenty to smile at"(THE STANDARD)
On contract to the BBC Arts Dept working as script consultant on numerous one-offs and series for BBC2 and BBC 4 (eg THE WORLD'S MOST PHOTOGRAPHED).
THE APPRENTICE (BBC 2), JAMIE'S KITCHEN (C4), BEYOND BOUNDARIES (BBC 2)
1993 - 2003
Observational series for C4. The challenge of losing sight.
"Insightful and compelling" (SUNDAY TIMES)
A Man Who Changed the World(for A and E Biographies). The life of Mikhail Gorbachev.Filmed in Russia. Includes emotional interview with Gorbachev.
THE GRANNY BUSINESS
Abuse of the elderly for profit.(ITV First Tuesday)
"Harrowing… scandalous"(DAILY MAIL)
THE FORGOTTEN FAMINE
The starvation of millions of Bengalis during World War Two.(C4)
HOMICIDE IN KENNEWICK
Archaeology and suppression of the truth.(Equinox C4)
"At last Equinox returns to what it does best... telling a story"(TIME OUT)
THE SEXTUPLETS BUSINESSFamilies struggling to cope with sextuplets.(Cutting Edge C4).
"Full marks for topicality and a story well told"(DAILY MAIL).
Wife kills husband - murder, manslaughter or self-defense? (Cutting Edge C4)
"Fascinating....judicious and thoughtful" (INDEPENDENT).
SCARS OF WAR
British Prisoners in the Far East in World War Two.(C4)
FILE ON FOUR
BBC Radio 4. Programmes in UK on HIV/ AIDS,and on suicide and intimidation in Feltham Young Offenders Institution... and from South Africa, Serbia, and the Ukraine (Chernobyl)
Sony Award for best news and current affairs programme 1993 for piece on Feltham, plus a Howard League Prize.
CAPITAL RADIO Features Dept. Sony Awards, New York Festival Golds Commended, Prix Futura Berlin for CARDBOARD CITY
"riveting radio" (Guardian)
ILR Entrant, Prix Italia with "BREAKDOWN"-
"a marvellous example of sound employed to open up another realm of consciousness" (Times)
ILR Prix Italia entrant with Race Attacks
"this staggering radio evidence should be played to every classroom in the country, as a lesson on the forces behind incipient fascism" (The Sunday Times)
I have frequently worked as a documentaries script consultant on a wide range of material for both the BBC and C4, on a freelance basis.
I have a double first degree in English Literature from Cambridge.