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James Higgins

Factual P/D, Filmmaker & Documentary Director


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Confident directing a full crew and working with high profile talent but equally at home working alone or self-shooting with multiple HD cameras.

Have shot for broadcast for all 5 terrestrial television channels.

I have a proven track record dealing with highly sensitive situations, developing relationships with contribut... Read More

Confident directing a full crew and working with high profile talent but equally at home working alone or self-shooting with multiple HD cameras.

Have shot for broadcast for all 5 terrestrial television channels.

I have a proven track record dealing with highly sensitive situations, developing relationships with contributors and am always calm under pressure.

Tenacious and hard working with sound editorial judgement, I always bring fresh ideas to a production and the ability to tell a compelling story.

Edit directing experience includes taking full programme episodes through the edit for BBC1 and BBC2

My credits span many genres but I especially enjoy working on engaging factual programming and challenging observational documentary films Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 17th Apr 2019


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Producer/Director / THE SECRET STORY OF STUFF: MATERIALS OF THE MODERN AGE / BBC 4 / 7Wonder / Sep 2018 to Sep 2018 / Tom Coveney
Producer/DirectorTHE SECRET STORY OF STUFF: MATERIALS OF THE MODERN AGEBBC 47Wonder Sep 18 - Sep 18Tom Coveney
Director / THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CHESHIRE / ITVBe / Monkey Kingdom / Jul 2018 to Sep 2018 / Amanda Stavri
DirectorTHE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CHESHIREITVBeMonkey Kingdom Jul 18 - Sep 18Amanda Stavri
Producer/Director / HUMANS / Channel 4 / Princess Productions / Oct 2015 to present
Producer/DirectorHUMANSChannel 4Princess Productions Oct 15 - to present
PD (Self Shooting) / A & E ON THE ROAD / BBC 1 / Raw Cut Television / Jul 2016 to Oct 2016
PD (Self Shooting)A & E ON THE ROADBBC 1Raw Cut Television Jul 16 - Oct 16
Producer/Director / GOOGLE CASE STUDY FILM / YouTube / Princess Productions / Nov 2015 to Nov 2015
Producer/DirectorGOOGLE CASE STUDY FILMYouTubePrincess Productions Nov 15 - Nov 15
Producer/Director / COMMERCIAL/PROMOS / Endemol Shine UK / Nov 2015 to present
Producer/DirectorCOMMERCIAL/PROMOSEndemol Shine UK Nov 15 - to present
PD (Self Shooting) / CLASS OF 92: OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE / BBC 1 / Electric Ray / Aug 2015 to Aug 2015 / Maxine Watson
PD (Self Shooting)CLASS OF 92: OUT OF THEIR LEAGUEBBC 1Electric Ray Aug 15 - Aug 15Maxine Watson
PD (Self Shooting) / SAINTS AND SCROUNGERS / BBC 1 / Flame TV / Mar 2015 to Jul 2015 / Gerard Melling
PD (Self Shooting)SAINTS AND SCROUNGERSBBC 1Flame TV Mar 15 - Jul 15Gerard Melling
PD (Self Shooting) / CLAIMED AND SHAMED / BBC 1 / Curve Media Ltd / Jun 2014 to Aug 2014 / Gerard Melling
PD (Self Shooting)CLAIMED AND SHAMEDBBC 1Curve Media Ltd Jun 14 - Aug 14Gerard Melling
PD (Self Shooting) / HARBOUR LIVES / ITV / ITV / May 2014 to Jun 2014 / Andrew O'Connell
PD (Self Shooting)HARBOUR LIVESITVITV May 14 - Jun 14Andrew O'Connell
Director / COAST, Series 8 / BBC 2 / BBC / Feb 2012 to Aug 2012 / Alison Kirkham
DirectorCOAST, Series 8BBC 2BBC Feb 12 - Aug 12Alison Kirkham
Producer/Director / WILD WEATHER / BBC 1 / First Look TV / Nov 2012 to Dec 2012 / Rachel Bowering
Producer/DirectorWILD WEATHERBBC 1First Look TV Nov 12 - Dec 12Rachel Bowering
DV Director / CAN'T PAY? WE'LL TAKE IT AWAY! / Channel 5 / Touch Productions / Nov 2013 to Dec 2013 / Simon Raikes
DV DirectorCAN'T PAY? WE'LL TAKE IT AWAY!Channel 5Touch Productions Nov 13 - Dec 13Simon Raikes
DV Director / HOLIDAY HIT SQUAD / BBC 1 / TwoFour / Jun 2013 to Oct 2013 / Sam Bickley
DV DirectorHOLIDAY HIT SQUADBBC 1TwoFour Jun 13 - Oct 13Sam Bickley
AP (self Shooting) / SUPERSCRIMPERS / Channel 4 / Endemol / May 2013 to May 2013 / Katie Boyd
AP (self Shooting)SUPERSCRIMPERSChannel 4Endemol May 13 - May 13Katie Boyd
Camera Operator / SEE HEAR / BBC 2 / BBC / Nov 2011 to Jan 2012
Camera OperatorSEE HEARBBC 2BBC Nov 11 - Jan 12
Researcher / BRITAIN IN A DAY / BBC 2 / BBC/Scott Free London / Nov 2011 to Nov 2011 / Charlotte Moore
ResearcherBRITAIN IN A DAYBBC 2BBC/Scott Free London Nov 11 - Nov 11Charlotte Moore
Senior Researcher / COUNTRYFILE / BBC 1 / BBC / Jun 2011 to Nov 2011 / Alison Kirkham
Senior ResearcherCOUNTRYFILEBBC 1BBC Jun 11 - Nov 11Alison Kirkham
Researcher / COAST, Series 7 / BBC 2 / BBC / Apr 2011 to Jun 2011 / Alison Kirkham
ResearcherCOAST, Series 7BBC 2BBC Apr 11 - Jun 11Alison Kirkham
Casting AP / Rugby World Cup Doc / Online / AKQA / Oct 2010 to Jan 2010
Casting APRugby World Cup DocOnlineAKQA Oct 10 - Jan 10
Researcher / RESTORATION HOME, Series 1 / BBC 2 / Remarkable / Mar 2010 to Sep 2010 / Alison Kirkham
ResearcherRESTORATION HOME, Series 1BBC 2Remarkable Mar 10 - Sep 10Alison Kirkham
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro / Soho Editors / 2018
Editing: Adobe Premiere ProSoho Editors2018
BBC Safeguarding Trust / BBC / 2014
BBC Safeguarding TrustBBC2014
BBC Editorial Policy Interactive Modules / BBC / 2014
BBC Editorial Policy Interactive ModulesBBC2014
BBC Sony PMW-500 Camera / BBC / 2012
BBC Sony PMW-500 Camera BBC2012
BBC Safe Management of Productions / BBC / 2012
BBC Safe Management of Productions BBC2012
BBC Canon XF305 Camera / BBC / 2011
BBC Canon XF305 Camera BBC2011
BBC Production Research / BBC / 2009
BBC Production ResearchBBC2009

James is a highly talented Producer/Director who has been a great asset to my team on a number of shoots. The work has involved producing confidential story material for high-end TV dramas, working with talent who are often pressed for time, and setting up quickly and professionally in challenging interior and exterior locations. James has risen to the occasion every time and produced perfectly shot footage in sometimes adverse circumstances, always being sensitive to the needs of talent and execs. I would not hesitate to use him again.

Cristen Caine, Producer

James is a keen, enthusiastic & hardworking self- shooting PD, able to work independently or as part of a team. He is always willing to listen & learn and was well liked by the crew and the contributors he filmed.

Blake McGrow

Top chap, top professional...

Will Hanrahan

I worked with James on a series of short VTs about famous historical figures. James was an excellent researcher who found fantastic contributors and locations, and never stopped working.

On location James was a confident and smooth self shooter, making contributors feel at ease and comfortable during filming.

James has all the skills a good director and AP needs and would be an asset to any production.

William Mager, Series Producer

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television


    Live Events

    Short Film

    Online Content

  • Locations I can work in:



    South East

    South West

    North West


  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Archive Clearance

    Driving Licence


    Commentary Writing

    Heath And Safety Training

    Music Clearance

    PADI Diving Licence

    Safeguarding Trust

    Work Permit EU

    Secret Filming

    Script Writing


  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Canon 7D

    Adobe Premiere

    Digitising Rushes




    Nightvision Cameras


    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony a7S

    Sony PMW-EX3

    Sony PMW-200

    Sony PMW-500

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Sound Mixing

    Sound Recording

    Studio Experience

    Lighting Camera

    Sony PMW-F5

    Sony PMW-F55

    Multicamera Directing

    Multiplatform Experience

    Sony PXW-FS5

    Canon 5D MKII




    Underwater Filming

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon XF105

    Canon XF305

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