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Seb Illis

Series Producer


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South West

About Me

I'm a confident, creative, experienced SP with 18+ years of prime time TV experience, 10+ as Series Producer both in commissioning and production. I have expertise in managing happy, productive teams and am used to delivering content with production values way above the budget. I have expertise in UK wildlife and extensive contacts to build te... Read More

I'm a confident, creative, experienced SP with 18+ years of prime time TV experience, 10+ as Series Producer both in commissioning and production.
I have expertise in managing happy, productive teams and am used to delivering content with production values way above the budget.
I have expertise in UK wildlife and extensive contacts to build teams and deliver engaging, surprising content. I'm an excellent script writer and highly experienced trouble shooter in the edit. Beyond scripting, I have contributed to BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Independent as a writer and photographer. I was part of the 2018 Wildscreen nomination jury for the Panda Awards.
As a member of The One Show's senior commissioning team I was instrumental in shaping the VTs across a huge range of genres including Natural History, History, Science, Arts, Formats and Factual Entertainment. I have strong editorial judgement and the ability to tell a story in a way that reaches the widest possible audience.
I have excellent team management skills having run both small and large teams in the UK and abroad.
I have worked with a wide range of high profile talent including Louis Theroux, Alan Titchmarsh, Dermot O'Leary, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Mike Dilger, George McGavin, Dan Snow, Anita Rani, Matt baker, Alex Jones, Ruth Goodman, Angellica Bell, Gyles Brandreth, Neil Oliver, Robert Winston, Charlie Dimmock, Christine Walkden, Diarmuid Gavin, Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, Carol Klein, Lorraine Kelly.
I also have considerable experience in tracking down and nurturing new talent - both on screen and behind the scenes. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 30th May 2019


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Series Producer / Undisclosed blue chip natural history / Undisclosed / Plimsoll Productions / Apr 2019 to present
Series ProducerUndisclosed blue chip natural historyUndisclosedPlimsoll Productions Apr 19 - to present
Series Producer / One Show NHU inserts / BBC 1 / BBC TELEVISION / Feb 2018 to Mar 2019 / Michael Armit
Series ProducerOne Show NHU insertsBBC 1BBC TELEVISION Feb 18 - Mar 19Michael Armit
Series Producer / NHU One Show Inserts / BBC 1 / BBC TELEVISION / Feb 2017 to Dec 2017 / Michael Armit
Series ProducerNHU One Show InsertsBBC 1BBC TELEVISION Feb 17 - Dec 17Michael Armit
Series Producer / The One Show (commissioning) / BBC 1 / BBC / Sep 2008 to May 2016
Series ProducerThe One Show (commissioning)BBC 1BBC Sep 08 - May 16
Producer/Director / How Not To Become Sharkbait / Discovery / Mar 2008 to Aug 2008
Producer/DirectorHow Not To Become SharkbaitDiscovery Mar 08 - Aug 08
Senior Producer / The One Show - History Inserts / BBC 1 / BBC / Jul 2007 to Feb 2008
Senior ProducerThe One Show - History InsertsBBC 1BBC Jul 07 - Feb 08
Senior Producer / Hampton Court Flower Show / BBC 2 / BBC / Jun 2007 to Jul 2007
Senior ProducerHampton Court Flower ShowBBC 2BBC Jun 07 - Jul 07
Series Producer / RHS Chelsea Flower Show / BBC / BBC / Mar 2007 to May 2007
Series ProducerRHS Chelsea Flower ShowBBCBBC Mar 07 - May 07
Senior Producer / Holiday 2006/7 / BBC 1 / BBC / Mar 2006 to Mar 2007
Senior ProducerHoliday 2006/7BBC 1BBC Mar 06 - Mar 07
Producer/Director / Holiday / BBC 1 / BBC / Dec 2005 to Mar 2006
Producer/DirectorHolidayBBC 1BBC Dec 05 - Mar 06
Producer/Director / Child of Our Time / BBC 1 / BBC / Oct 2005 to Dec 2005
Producer/DirectorChild of Our TimeBBC 1BBC Oct 05 - Dec 05
Producer/Director / Departure Lounge / BBC 1 / BBC / Jul 2005 to Sep 2005
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Producer/Director / How to Rescue a House / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2005 to Jun 2005
Producer/DirectorHow to Rescue a HouseBBC 2BBC Jan 05 - Jun 05
Producer/Director / Wedding Stories / BBC 3 / BBC / Sep 2003 to Dec 2004
Producer/DirectorWedding StoriesBBC 3BBC Sep 03 - Dec 04
Assistant Producer / Louis Theroux / BBC / BBC / Jan 2002 to Aug 2003
Assistant ProducerLouis TherouxBBCBBC Jan 02 - Aug 03
Producer/Director / Garden Arguments / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2001 to Dec 2001
Producer/DirectorGarden ArgumentsBBC 2BBC Sep 01 - Dec 01
Assistant Producer / Celebrity Sleepover / BBC 1 / BBC / May 2001 to Jul 2001
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Director / SAS Are You Tough Enough / BBC / BBC / May 2001 to Sep 2001
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
All mandatory BBC training / BBC / 2019
All mandatory BBC training BBC2019
BBC Safegaurding Trust / BBC / 2017
BBC Safegaurding Trust BBC2017
BBC Safe Management of Productions / BBC / 2017
BBC Safe Management of Productions BBC2017
BBC Data Protection / BBC / 2004
BBC Data ProtectionBBC2004
BBC Safegaurding Trust / BBC / 2001
BBC Safegaurding TrustBBC2001
BBC camera courses / BBC / 2001
BBC camera courses BBC2001
BBC off road driving / BBC / 2001
BBC off road drivingBBC2001
BBC Safe Management of Productions (Pt1) / BBC / 2000
BBC Safe Management of Productions (Pt1)BBC2000
BBC Safe Management of Productions / BBC / 2000
BBC Safe Management of Productions BBC2000
BBC Health and safety training / BBC / 2000
BBC Health and safety training BBC2000

"I've worked with Seb for the last 18 months. He is a calm and inspiring leader and the team all love working with him. He has grown a new generation of young talent behind the camera. He has the ability to work very closely and cooperatively with the Commissioners getting feedback that many SPs would kill for and making a smooth and productive relationship. He has a passion for British wildlife and a thorough knowledge of the organisations protecting them. It has been an absolute pleasure working with him. "

  • Steve Greenwood - Executive Producer The One Show NHU Inserts

Steve Greenwood - Executive Producer The One Show NHU Inserts

Seb has led The One Show team in the BBC Studios Natural History Unit for the past two years, leaving in March 2019. Seb has a real nose for quirky and new natural history stories, many of which made it onto The One Show. The arc from researching a grabby story to broadcast is Seb's forte. He can develop, sell and produce simultaneously. Seb is a great team leader and is skilled managing teams of mixed experience. Together with a great body of films, Seb's legacy is also about the development of new talent; he is a great coach and loves to see people get a break and benefit from a break

Julian Hector (Head, BBC Natural History Unit)

Seb is a hugely experienced factual programme maker and has the rare ability to get the very best out of teams whilst juggling limited budgets and tight deadlines to deliver films with high production and editorial values. He's a creative series producer who has a constant stream of ideas, sound editorial judgement, and is extremely well organised. A pleasure to work with, Seb was well respected by all the Indies and in-house BBC teams during his time on The One Show commissioning and overseeing hundreds of films a year. Plus, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of just about every subject under the sun, you'll never lose a pub quiz with Seb on your team!

Alex Loughran Executive Producer, The One Show; Editor, Crimewatch.

Alex Loughran, Executive Producer, The One Show; Editor, Crimewatch

Seb has a sharp editorial brain and excellent scripting skills. He combines articulate and analytical thinking with a real sense of fun in his programme making. He has Series Produced many projects on which I was EP and in all instances he was both creative and thorough. He is a fair and charming team leader, highly regarded by those who work for him. When required, his directing skills are strong and he is excellent in the edit.

Owen Gay, Creative Director, One Tribe TV

Seb Illis worked for me as a series commissioning producer for five years on The One Show. During this time he worked across a broad range of genres, from history to science, from Arts to Natural history. He is an accomplished programme maker with a keen eye for detail and has the ability to shape and construct compelling short-form films for a prime-time BBC One audience. Seb also brings extensive experience as a BBC director to his work as an SP and is extremely adept at spotting potential in a script. He is great at inspiring directors to produce visually rich films that push the boundaries. He is a great addition to any team and remains calm and focused under pressure. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

Michael Armit, Commissioning Editor, The One Show

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Other Details
  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

  • Locations I can work in:

    South West


  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

    French (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Driving Licence

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    PADI Diving Licence

    Safeguarding Trust


  • Technical Skills:

    Sony DSR-500

    Sony DSR-PD150


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