DARA aND ED’S ROAD tO MANDALAY
Ed Byrne and Dara O’Briain travel through Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar in this three part BBC2 series. Exploring the region's history, culture and conservation, the 3000 mile trip was a complicated logistical planning task especially given the filming time available for the journey. Myanmar had its own particular challenges and in some of the more remote parts we were the first team to film.
Director of Photography: Brendan Easton
Editors: Ian Garvin, Phil Ashby and Craig Nichols
Davina: Beyond Breaking Point
Sports Relief 2014
This 60 minute documentary for BBC1 Sport relief 2014follows Davina McCall’s preparation and gruelling experience during her 7 day endurance challenge for Comic Relief. As well as completing the challenge Davina visits a quarry in Africa to witness the work of projects funded by the charity.
Directors of Photography Brendan Easton and Mike Carling
Editors Ian Garvin and Phil Ashby
Gordon Behind Bars
Gordon Ramsay spent 6 months in Brixton prison teaching prisoners how to cook and setting up the Bad Boys’ Bakery for this hugely successful C4 series. Ramsay was determined to find ways to give prisoners skills that would keep them out of jail in the future.
Along with Kimberley Sangster and Sarah Durdin Robertson at Optomen as Series Producer I planned and oversaw the building of a new kitchen inside the prison. After recruiting inmates for the bakery working closely with the Ministry of Justice, we then secured a deal with Café Nero to sell our prison made lemon treacle slices. They continued to sell in cafes across the South East for the following two years.
I was also a proud member of the Steering Group for the Bad Boys’ Bakery which operated full time out of HMP Brixton as a social enterprise company for a few years after the series went out.
Executive Producer Tim Whitwell
West Of Scotland and West of England
In 2010 and ’11 I got the chance to work once again with the wonderful food and TV team at Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One. Beautiful scenery and gorgeous food with fantastic local characters. These shoots, so completely different to docs, were hugely satisfying and great fun.
Directors of Photography Dave Miller and Luke Cardiff
Jamie’s American Road Trip:
This journey with Jamie Oliver gave me the opportunity to play around with some of the iconic images of the Wild West. With the Brokeback Mountain theme ringing in our ears we travelled out to a remote, Montana cow camp and managed this high end food shoot with no running water, gas or electricity.
Against a backdrop of magnificent scenery, Jamie took on everything the cowboys threw at him. From rodeo to pitchfork fondue, the film is a real taste of the Old West and my first opportunity to make a film with a real comic edge.
Directors of Photography Jon Sayers and Mike Carling
Natural Born Winners
This four part BBC2 series followed Gareth Thomas, Donovan Bailey, Iwan Thomas and James Toseland across the globe to compete in some of the most ancient sports on Earth. As series director this massive undertaking meant juggling the emotional demands of four elite sportsmen whilst asking them to face unknown extreme challenges. The pure physicality of oil wrestling, hill running, Indian martial arts and Japanese horse back archery proved too much for 100 metre Olympic Gold Medallist Donovan Bailey.
Directors of Photography Brendan Easton, Luke Menges and Jamie Kennerly
Editors Ian Garvin, Phil Ashby and Craig Nicholls.
Man Versus WeirD
In this global road trip we took comedian and writer Simon Farnaby to meet some of the most extraordinary people in the world. From psychic surgery in the Philippines to magnetic children in Croatia the series mixes documentary and travelogue in a Channel 4 fact ent journey around the world.
Director of Photography Brendan Easton
Editors Ian Garvin, Phil Ashby and Mike Brierley