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Chichester-based factual indie Big Waves is opening a second office in Cornwall under the stewardship of producer Mike Cunliffe.

The indie, which specialises in environmental, science, wildlife and adventure programmes, has worked with Cunliffe over the years on shows such as ITV’s Operation Whale and BBC4’s The Measure of all Things.

Mike is brother of Big Wave founder Sarah Cunliffe, who last year stepped up to chief executive and appointed former Pioneer Productions boss Kirstie McLure as managing director.

He joined the company as a full-time series producer last year and now heads up the Cornwall office, based in Wadebridge, and will focus on developing Big Wave’s slate of returnable factual and formatted factual content.

Cunliffe has been based in Cornwall for 15 years and has also worked on Plimsoll Productions’ Channel 5 show The Secret Life of the Family and developed BBC2 series Simon Reeve's Cornwall and Discovery Really’s Beagle: Cornwall Air 999 for local indie Beagle.

McLure said Cunliffe “lives and breathes the ocean” and is primed to create “visually stunning, compelling and inspiring programmes” featuring the wildlife and human and cultural stories from “one of the UK’s most iconic coastlines”.

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