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Phil Kerswell

Edit Producer /Location PD/Director


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South West


About Me

AVAILABLE SPRING 2023 !"...a professional, creative story-teller, with a can-do attitude..." (SR, Series Producer)"...a hard worker who cares about the programmes he’s working on..." (JB, Series Producer) Hello,I'm a highly experienced PD/EP with credits on some of the UK's best known TV brands, includi... Read More


"...a professional, creative story-teller, with a can-do attitude..." (SR, Series Producer)

"...a hard worker who cares about the programmes he’s working on..." (JB, Series Producer)


I'm a highly experienced PD/EP with credits on some of the UK's best known TV brands, including Countryfile, Gardeners' World and The One Show.

I'm currently interested in Edit Producer and Location Director roles.

I have superb references and a track record of delivering engaging TV shows.

Creative, reliable and unflappable Edit Producer and Producer/Director.
Outstanding writing. Decisive in the edit. Versatile and creative on location.
Experienced handling high profile talent and multiple camera teams.
Remote Edit Producing - making rough cuts on Avid/Forescene.

Sparkling references (see CV for details).

Confident making 50 and 60 minute full programmes (Ambulance Code Red, Malawi Wildlife Rescue, Countryfile), and short films for fast turn around (The One Show, Maximum Security).

Track record of unravelling tricky edits and getting programmes over the line with commissioners - and can guarantee excellent references from BBC Studios, Curve, Icon, Voltage and more:

EP: Ambulance Code Red: Curve Media for Channel Five. Deciphering complex medicals for a daytime audience.
EP: Malawi Wildlife Rescue: Icon Films for Sky Nature. Obs doc series for International distributor.
PD/EP: Countryfile: BBC Studios. Fast turnaround films including wildlife, lifestyle & investigations, and Producing 60m shows.
EP: Morning Live: BBC Studios. Daily deadlines for Series One Launch - short films.
EP: A Matter of Life and Debt: Curve Media for BBC1. 3x45m daytime Obs Doc.
PD/EP: Nick Knowles' Original Features: BBC for Home Channel. 4x60m write, shoot, direct and edit produce.

My background as a journalist means I know how to spot a story, develop it, and tell it to a wider audience. From script to location to edit.

My core strengths are writing, creative vision, and motivating small teams to give their best performance. I'm especially skilled at getting the very best from high end talent: Matt Baker, Nick Knowles, Julia Bradbury, Giles Brandreth, John Craven, Phil Tufnell, Anita Rani, Tim Wonnacott.

I self-shoot to the highest broadcast standards on FS7. I'm experienced at running all aspects of post production.
I have experience on overseas shoots, and I've worked on high profile TV formats and Development.

I'm versatile and capable... turning my hand to anything from the rarified specialism of Gardeners' World, to the fun of One Show films about saucy postcards. Or explaining for a popular audience complicated or controversial matters as diverse as the Glasgow Coma Scale and why we need to shoot snow hares.

2023 Showreel here:

Please email or call - happy to travel /Zoom to talk further.

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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Data Protection and Cyber Security / BBC Studios / 2022
Data Protection and Cyber Security BBC Studios2022
Working with Children / BBC Studios / 2022
Working with ChildrenBBC Studios2022
Editorial Values / BBC Studios / 2022
Editorial Values BBC Studios2022
BBC Code of Conduct / BBC Studios / 2022
BBC Code of ConductBBC Studios2022
AA Drivetech safe driving / AA / 2021
AA Drivetech safe drivingAA2021
Diversity Onscreen / BBC Studios / 2018
Diversity OnscreenBBC Studios2018
BBC Safeguarding Trust / BBC TV / 2017
BBC Safeguarding Trust BBC TV2017
Location Safety / BBC TV / 2017
Location SafetyBBC TV2017

Phil brings a wealth of experience to an edit. His journalistic background gives him a great eye for a story and he understands the need to scour rushes religiously to pull out the very best material for an edit. Phil structures programmes well and always keeps to schedule. Phil is a great team player, has huge enthusiasm for every project he works on and always goes the extra mile. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Jo Robinson, Freelance Series Producer

Jo Robinson

Phil is an experienced, well-respected Producer and Director who I had the pleasure of working with for a few years on Countryfile. He’s a hard worker who cares about the programmes he’s working on and always wants to do a good job. He's versatile, organised, writes well and can always be relied on to deliver editorially sound and creative films. He's a great un-official mentor to junior members of the team who like his friendly and approachable persona. He’s skilled at making high-production-value quick-turnaround television on a limited budget and knows how to produce audience-pleasing programmes. He also had the respect of the on-screen talent who feel safe and reassured when he's directing them. He's a reliable, safe-pair-of hands who I'd happily have on my team again.

Joanna Brame, Former SP, Countryfile

I’ve worked with Phil and found it to be a really positive experience. He’s a professional, creative story-teller, with a can-do attitude and isn’t afraid to think outside the box when faced with challenges. I’d recommend him!

Sharon Ryan

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Online Content

    Short Film

  • Locations I can work in:



  • Skills/Permits:

    Edit Producing

  • Technical Skills:

    Self Shooting

    Final Cut Pro

    Multicamera Directing


    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PMW-500

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Sound Recording


    Studio Experience

    Canon XF305


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