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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 drama, documentary and branded content. Particularly interested in Scripted Drama and Drama Doc, and innovative Specialist Factual programming.

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BAFTA nominated (Best Director), multi award winning Writer/Director and Series Producer with 20 years in the industry working across drama, documentary and branded content. Particularly interested in Scripted Drama and Drama Doc, and innovative Specialist Factual programming.

I have a wide body of work ranging from scripted factual drama (Wallis:The Queen that Never Was, Albert: The power behind Victoria, The Genius Sperm Bank, Autopsy the Last Hours of) and serial drama (BBC Doctors), plus science and history (Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of Life, Horizon, Pavlopetri, Cleopatra's Lost Tomb, Rome's X Tombs), social obs doc (Little Angles) and 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, Discovery Science, 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 have proven ability with scripting, running large creative teams, managing budgets and stakeholder expectation. I am also keenly interested in VOD opportunities, social media platforms, and broadcast digital strategy. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 24th Sep 2018


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
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
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
Director / BBC Doctors / BBC 1 / BBC / Jun 2012 to Oct 2012
DirectorBBC DoctorsBBC 1BBC Jun 12 - Oct 12
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
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
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
Drama Director / Nasa's Unexplained Files / Discovery / Wag Tv / Sep 2014 to Nov 2014
Drama Director Nasa's Unexplained FilesDiscoveryWag Tv Sep 14 - Nov 14
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
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
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 / 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 / Wonders of Life / BBC 2 / BBC / Oct 2011 to Jun 2012
Producer/DirectorWonders of LifeBBC 2BBC Oct 11 - Jun 12
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 / Britain's Secret Seas / BBC 2 / BBC / Mar 2011 to Aug 2011
Producer/DirectorBritain's Secret SeasBBC 2BBC Mar 11 - Aug 11
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 / Cleopatra's Lost Tomb / Channel 4 / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Mar 2015 to Jul 2015 / Rob Coldstream
Producer/DirectorCleopatra's Lost TombChannel 4Dragonfly Film & Television Productions Mar 15 - Jul 15Rob Coldstream
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 / Origins of Us / BBC 2 / BBC / Apr 2010 to Aug 2010
Producer/DirectorOrigins of UsBBC 2BBC Apr 10 - Aug 10
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
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 / Body Hits / BBC 3 / BBC / Apr 2003 to Oct 2003
Producer/DirectorBody HitsBBC 3BBC Apr 03 - Oct 03
Producer/Director / Treasure / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Jan 2005 to Jan 2005
Producer/DirectorTreasureTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Jan 05 - Jan 05
Producer/Director / Worlds Smart Cities: Amsterdam / National Geographic Channel / ITV Shiver / Nov 2015 to Feb 2016 / Mark Francis
Producer/DirectorWorlds Smart Cities: AmsterdamNational Geographic ChannelITV Shiver Nov 15 - Feb 16Mark Francis
Assistant Producer / Tomorrow's World / BBC 1 / BBC / Nov 1999 to Apr 2001
Assistant ProducerTomorrow's WorldBBC 1BBC Nov 99 - Apr 01
Producer/Director / Junkie Love / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef PIctures / Mar 2013 to Mar 2013
Producer/DirectorJunkie LoveTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef PIctures Mar 13 - Mar 13
Producer/Director / Taxi / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Jul 2009 to Jul 2009
Producer/DirectorTaxiTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Jul 09 - Jul 09
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 / 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 / Grandma's Funeral / Theatrical Release / Bongo Reef Pictures / Feb 2008 to Feb 2008
Producer/DirectorGrandma's FuneralTheatrical ReleaseBongo Reef Pictures Feb 08 - Feb 08
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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
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

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

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

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
    Emmy nomination - Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
    RTS - Best documentary Science & history
    RTS nomination -Best graphic design)
    Broadcasting Press Guild
    2 x Banff -Best popular science & technology programme
    Peabody Awards
    Bulldog Awards
    3 x Scinema
    2 x Athens International Science Film festival

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