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Paul Olding

Writer/Director & Series Producer


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BAFTA nominated (Best Director), multi award winning Writer/Director and Series Producer with 20 years in the industry working across scripted dramadoc, documentary and branded content. Experienced with Specialist Factual output (science, history, ancient history), contemporary documentary, plus obs-doc, self shooting, CGI & VFX, and multiplatf... Read More

BAFTA nominated (Best Director), multi award winning Writer/Director and Series Producer with 20 years in the industry working across scripted dramadoc, documentary and branded content. Experienced with Specialist Factual output (science, history, ancient history), contemporary documentary, plus obs-doc, self shooting, CGI & VFX, and multiplatform digital content.

I have a wide body of work for all UK terrestrial television channels plus a number of American networks. My films and series range from scripted factual drama (Wallis:The Queen that Never Was, Albert: The power behind Victoria, The Genius Sperm Bank, Autopsy), serial drama (BBC Doctors) and short film, plus science, history and ancient history Specialist Factual (Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of Life, What on Earth, Nasa's Unexplained Files, Egypt's Unexplained Files, Horizon, Pavlopetri, Cleopatra's Lost Tomb, Rome's X Tombs), self shot social obs doc (Little Angels, Red Arrows) and popular features (Holiday, Animal Hospital, Harry Enfield's Big Arts). I have successfully originated and developed new content and formats, pitching and delivering to the UK, European and US markets, from big budget blue chip, to low cost self shot films, long form or creative shorts. My work has been commissioned by BBC 1, 2, 3 and 4, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The Science Channel, Animal Planet and the ABC in Australia. I am a Creative Leader with an eye for visual flair and bold storytelling, I have acute analytical skills, and proven ability with scripting, running large creative teams, nurturing talent both in front of and behind the camera, managing budgets and stakeholder expectation. I am also interested in VOD opportunities, digital output for social media, AV presentations and broadcast digital strategy. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 6th Jan 2019


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Writer/Storyliner / Egypt's Unexplained Files / Science Channel / 360 Production / Nov 2018 to present / Neil Laird
Writer/StorylinerEgypt's Unexplained FilesScience Channel360 Production Nov 18 - to presentNeil Laird
Edit Producer / Valley of the Kings / Channel 4 / Windfall Films / Sep 2018 to Nov 2018 / Carolyn Payne
Edit ProducerValley of the KingsChannel 4Windfall Films Sep 18 - Nov 18Carolyn Payne
Writer/Director / Albert: The Power behind Victoria / Channel 5 / Elephant House Studios / Nov 2017 to May 2018 / Lucy Willis
Writer/DirectorAlbert: The Power behind VictoriaChannel 5Elephant House Studios Nov 17 - May 18Lucy Willis
PD (Self Shooting) / Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky / Channel 5 / Shiver / Sep 2017 to Nov 2017 / Guy Davis
PD (Self Shooting)Red Arrows: Kings of the SkyChannel 5Shiver Sep 17 - Nov 17Guy Davis
Writer/Director / Wallis: The Queen that Never Was / Channel 5 / Elephant House Studios / Mar 2017 to Oct 2017 / Lucy Willis
Writer/DirectorWallis: The Queen that Never WasChannel 5Elephant House Studios Mar 17 - Oct 17Lucy Willis
Series Producer/Director / Life of a Universe / ABC / May 2016 to Aug 2016 / Steve Bibb
Series Producer/DirectorLife of a UniverseABC May 16 - Aug 16Steve Bibb
Series Producer / What On Earth / Discovery / Wag TV / Mar 2016 to Dec 2016 / Neil Laird
Series ProducerWhat On EarthDiscoveryWag TV Mar 16 - Dec 16Neil Laird
Shooting Producer / Worlds Smart Cities: Amsterdam / National Geographic Channel / ITV Shiver / Nov 2015 to Feb 2016 / Mark Francis
Shooting ProducerWorlds Smart Cities: AmsterdamNational Geographic ChannelITV Shiver Nov 15 - Feb 16Mark Francis
Writer/Director / Autopsy: The Last Hours of.... / Reelz / ITV Potato / Jul 2015 to Oct 2015
Writer/DirectorAutopsy: The Last Hours of....ReelzITV Potato Jul 15 - Oct 15
Writer/Director / Cleopatra's Lost Tomb / Channel 4 / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Mar 2015 to Jul 2015 / Rob Coldstream
Writer/DirectorCleopatra's Lost TombChannel 4Dragonfly Film & Television Productions Mar 15 - Jul 15Rob Coldstream
Drama Director / Nasa's Unexplained Files / Discovery / Wag Tv / Sep 2014 to Nov 2014 / Neil Laird
Drama Director Nasa's Unexplained FilesDiscoveryWag Tv Sep 14 - Nov 14Neil Laird
Series Producer/Director / Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain / National Geographic Channel / Pioneer tv / Mar 2014 to Aug 2014 / Hannah Demidowicz
Series Producer/DirectorMonsters Behind the Iron CurtainNational Geographic ChannelPioneer tv Mar 14 - Aug 14Hannah Demidowic...
Producer/Director / A day, A life / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Jan 2014 to Jan 2014
Producer/DirectorA day, A lifeTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Jan 14 - Jan 14
Producer/Director / How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson / BBC 2 / Nutopia / Jul 2013 to Mar 2014 / Bill Gardner
Producer/DirectorHow We Got to Now with Steven JohnsonBBC 2Nutopia Jul 13 - Mar 14Bill Gardner
Producer/Director / Mystery of Rome's X Tombs / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2013 to Dec 2013 / Martin Davidson
Producer/DirectorMystery of Rome's X TombsBBC 2BBC Jan 13 - Dec 13Martin Davidson
Producer/Director / Junkie Love / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef PIctures / Mar 2013 to Mar 2013
Producer/DirectorJunkie LoveTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef PIctures Mar 13 - Mar 13
Director / Doctors / BBC 1 / BBC / Nov 2012 to Dec 2012
DirectorDoctorsBBC 1BBC Nov 12 - Dec 12
Producer/Director / Dara O'Briain's Science Club / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2012 to Dec 2012
Producer/DirectorDara O'Briain's Science ClubBBC 2BBC Sep 12 - Dec 12
Director / BBC Doctors / BBC 1 / BBC / Jun 2012 to Oct 2012
DirectorBBC DoctorsBBC 1BBC Jun 12 - Oct 12
Producer/Director / Wonders of Life / BBC 2 / BBC / Oct 2011 to Jun 2012
Producer/DirectorWonders of LifeBBC 2BBC Oct 11 - Jun 12
Producer/Director / City Beneath the Waves:Pavlopetri / BBC 2 / BBC / Apr 2011 to Sep 2011 / Martin Davidson
Producer/DirectorCity Beneath the Waves:PavlopetriBBC 2BBC Apr 11 - Sep 11Martin Davidson
Producer/Director / Origins of Us / BBC 2 / BBC / Apr 2010 to Aug 2010
Producer/DirectorOrigins of UsBBC 2BBC Apr 10 - Aug 10
Producer/Director / Britain's Secret Seas / BBC 2 / BBC / Mar 2011 to Aug 2011
Producer/DirectorBritain's Secret SeasBBC 2BBC Mar 11 - Aug 11
Producer/Director / Losing the Plot / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Feb 2010 to Feb 2010
Producer/DirectorLosing the PlotTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Feb 10 - Feb 10
Producer/Director / Wonders of the Solar System / BBC 2 / BBC / Aug 2010 to Mar 2011 / Kim Shillinglaw
Producer/DirectorWonders of the Solar SystemBBC 2BBC Aug 10 - Mar 11Kim Shillinglaw
Producer/Director / Darwin's Dangerous Idea / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2009 to Jun 2009
Producer/DirectorDarwin's Dangerous IdeaBBC 2BBC Jan 09 - Jun 09
Producer/Director / Horizon - Do you know what time is it? / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2008 to Feb 2009 / Andrew Cohen
Producer/DirectorHorizon - Do you know what time is it?BBC 2BBC Sep 08 - Feb 09Andrew Cohen
Producer/Director / Taxi / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Jul 2009 to Jul 2009
Producer/DirectorTaxiTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Jul 09 - Jul 09
Producer/Director / Horizon: What on Earth is wrong with gravity? / BBC 2 / BBC / Mar 2008 to Sep 2008 / Andrew Cohen
Producer/DirectorHorizon: What on Earth is wrong with gravity?BBC 2BBC Mar 08 - Sep 08Andrew Cohen
Producer/Director / Grandma's Funeral / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Feb 2008 to Feb 2008
Producer/DirectorGrandma's FuneralTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Feb 08 - Feb 08
Producer/Director / Earth The Power of the Planet / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2005 to Sep 2006
Producer/DirectorEarth The Power of the PlanetBBC 2BBC Sep 05 - Sep 06
Writer/Director / Genius Sperm Bank / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2006 to Dec 2006 / Andrew Cohen
Writer/DirectorGenius Sperm BankBBC 2BBC Jan 06 - Dec 06Andrew Cohen
Producer/Director / Treasure / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Jan 2005 to Jan 2005
Producer/DirectorTreasureTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Jan 05 - Jan 05
Producer/Director / Body Hits / BBC 3 / BBC / Apr 2003 to Oct 2003
Producer/DirectorBody HitsBBC 3BBC Apr 03 - Oct 03
Assistant Producer / Tomorrow's World / BBC 1 / BBC / Nov 1999 to Apr 2001
Assistant ProducerTomorrow's WorldBBC 1BBC Nov 99 - Apr 01
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
HSE First Aid at work / HSE / 2016
HSE First Aid at workHSE2016
Screenwriting Certificate / Raindance Film School / 2015
Screenwriting CertificateRaindance Film School2015
Robert McKee: 3 day scriptwriting / Robert McKee / 2012
Robert McKee: 3 day scriptwritingRobert McKee2012
Drama Directing Certificate / Raindance Film School / 2012
Drama Directing CertificateRaindance Film School2012
HSE Media Scuba / HSE / 2011
HSE Media ScubaHSE2011

Paul is a hugely talented film maker, combining creative flair with journalistic rigour. He recently produced and directed two 120' drama-docs for Channel 5 - 'Wallis: The Queen That Never Was' and 'Albert: The Power Behind Victoria'. Despite challenging budgets and schedules, he delivered films that were visually sumptuous. Paul is equally at home when casting contributors or working with actors, and always strives to engage viewers with gripping storytelling.

Jeff Anderson, Director of Factual, Elephant House Studios

Paul is a visually talented film-maker, a relentless hard worker, and a highly organised series producer, capable of overseeing large, complex projects. I would recommend him for anything from self-shooting drama recon to leading a team of twenty researchers, APs, directors and producers.

Greg Chivers

I have worked with Paul on a number of projects over several years and have enjoyed every one. As a director, Paul is extremely focussed and works hard to ensure his team are motivated and clearly instructed to understand what is needed to deliver the job in hand. He's encouraging and listens, taking on board the opinions and thoughts of the crew and does what he can to nurture the skills of those working with him. He also has a great creative mind - I've learnt a lot from working with him and look forward to the next opportunity to work together!

Sophie Smith

Paul is a fantastic, collaborative series producer. I worked alongside him in the BBC Science department and then as an edit producer with him at Wag TV on What on Earth?. It was a tough fast paced project but his experience, clear direction, positive energy and creativity kept the team in high spirits and I really got the best out of people. He also gave me personally a lot of support and guidance which was much appreciated on my first edit producing gig.

Max Goldzweig

Paul was a lovely director to work with on Albert: the Power behind Victoria. His thorough, academic approach towards the research for the programme galvanised me to meet his high standards. Throughout the writing process, Paul was always open to his team's opinions, and consulted us on the structure of the programme's story. I found this very refreshing, and was delighted to be so included in the creative process. When we were working on the drama shoot, Paul had a very clear schedule and was great at keeping to time constraints and he delegated effectively.

Zenia Selby

Paul's a great and lovely person to work with. His creative talent is very inspiring, he encourages learning and progression, and really looks after his crew. He creates a positive and dynamic atmosphere in the office and is good company on location. I was his researcher on a National Geographic doc, Russia's Mystery Files.

Jessica Ives

Paul Olding is an experienced PD who can be relied on to grasp a brief and deliver a powerful, visually inventive, high quality film on time and on budget. Good with technology; an eye for effective graphics and with the ability to drive a project forward even when the going gets tough. He's equally at ease in specialist factual genres - especially science and history. And he has a good quirky eye for drama.He also has a keen interest in short film-making and this fuels his innovative approach to his work.

Chris Granlund, Executive Producer

As one of the most accomplished directors I have worked with, Paul was inspiring to collaborate with and learn from. Within the team, he nurtured a buzz that encouraged free roles and drew upon everyone’s talents regardless of job definitions, to create the best possible end product. His perfectionism was infectious without being oppressive. He encouraged ideas and contributions from everyone within the team, in research, scripting, casting, etc, and valued the diversity of talents at his disposal. I enjoyed an unusual level of freedom working closely with Paul over the four months, to develop the key skills that I needed to make that step up to directing.

Ian Glatt

I've worked with Paul for over 10 years now as a sound mixer on shows ranging from science to period drama doco's. Paul is an incredibly precise Director, he knows exactly what he needs for his programmes and therefore uses his time on location with maximum efficiency thereby delivering shows with production values which punch way above their budget. I always enjoy working with Paul, I will always learn something and I'm always impressed with the end result.

Paul Zanders

I have worked with Paul on a couple of projects - firstly as a Story Producer, then as an Edit Producer and finally on location as a Field Producer. As Series Producer on these projects, Paul was a great boss to work for! Paul is a natural (and talented) story teller and always has a clear vision for his films, which makes my job so much easier as he doesn't 'flip flop' from idea to idea changing his mind constantly! Paul is also very nurturing and supportive of those who work for him and always encourages creative input and champions the ideas of those around him. I would definitely be very happy to work with Paul again (even though he bizarrely wears shorts all year round regardless of the weather).

Victoria Weaver

Paul wrote and directed two films for ‘Autopsy’, a series I produced for Potato/ITV. I found Paul to be a passionate, creative and collaborative colleague who worked well under the pressure of a tight budget and schedule. His films were intelligent and thorough, delicately structured and beautifully realised. I would not hesitate to work with Paul again or recommend him to others.

John Fothergill, Series Producer/Director

I worked with Paul as an AP on the feature length drama doc "Wallis : The Queen That Never Was". Paul was a pleasure to work with in that he was focussed, calm and creative. He also pulled off a fabulous film with limited time and budget.

Kate Herron

Incredibly talented, energetic and dedicated. He achieved a genuinely spectacular result on a very limited budget, and under time pressure so severe that at one stage he was running two edits and shooting 5 days of drama simulataneously.

Richard Burke-Ward, Executive Producer

I’ve worked with Paul as his sound recordist on many shoots all over the world. He’s a pleasure to work with, showing immense passion and a thoroughly researched knowledge of the subject in hand. Moreover he is receptive and will pull the required narrative from a contributor’s interview and get exactly what he needs for the edit.

Tom Williams

Paul is an excellent producer/director. Highly organised, imaginative, self-running, with a great visual sense and also an eye for detail and accuracy. He is a skilled broadcast quality self-shooter.

Jeremy Phillips (Exec Prod, ITV Studios)

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television


    Short Film


    Feature Film

  • Locations I can work in:




    North America

    South America

  • Skills/Permits:


    Commentary Writing

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    I Visa USA

    PADI Diving Licence

    Safeguarding Trust

    Driving Licence

    Script Writing

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D MKII

    Canon 7D

    AJ-HPX2700 P2 Varicam

    Canon EOS C300




    EX3 Nanoflash




    Single Camera Directing

    Sony DSR-570

    Sound Recording

    Underwater Filming

    Self Shooting

    Canon XF305

  • Awards:

    BAFTA nomination - Best Director
    BAFTA nomination - Specialist Factual
    Emmy Winner
    Emmy nomination - Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
    RTS - Best documentary Science & history
    RTS nomination - Best graphic design)
    Broadcasting Press Guild Winner
    2 x BANFF Winner - Best popular science & technology programme
    Peabody Awards Winner
    Televisual Awards Winner
    3 x Scinema
    2 x Athens International Science Film Winner

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