About Liz

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    Currently producing a feature documentary Please God Make Me Straight.

    Award winning, creative and versatile director/series producer, executive producer, experienced in both constructed documentaries (including drama reconstructions) and observational films. Have made films for CHANNEL 4, BBC ONE, BBC TWO, BBC FOUR, Discovery, TLC, WGBH and History Channel Canada/TLC. I also enjoy managing teams and working with producers and directors, right from the start of a creative brief to the end of the project, to encourage and help them to produce their very best programmes.

    In addition, I have also spent much of the last couple of years working in programme development, producing a slate of proposals and formats in my role as development executive producer for Verve Productions. I have close contacts with key commissioning editors, and have a strong track record in generating distinctive ideas and getting them commissioned.
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    Credits

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    Please God Make Me Straight - Verve Productions , United Kingdom
    2009 - Executive Producer
    How damaging research from US fundamentalist Christians is increasingly being promoted in the UK.

    Fabric of the Cosmos - Verve Productions , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director
    Development work and scripting for WGBH/Boston series, exploring the origins of time and space.

    Open Foetal Surgery - Verve Productions , United Kingdom
    2007 - Director
    Development work and scripting for Extraordinary People show.

    The Man Who Faked His Life - Firefly Film and TV Productions , United Kingdom
    2006 - Director
    Channel 4 documentary about a man who lived an extraordinary double life for nearly twenty years, which ended in the tragic murder of his entire family.

    The Guardian: "terrific documentary, heartbreaking, incredible stuff".




    What the Ancients Did For Us (The Indians) - BBC , United Kingdom
    2005 - Producer
    Programme revealed the technological advances of ancient India.

    The Mirror: "I love the series What the Ancients Did For Us. Who says history has to be boring?

    In Search of Genius - BBC , United Kingdom
    2004 - Producer
    Exploring what produces a genius of the future.

    The Observer: "An utterly absorbing two part documentary".

    Life Before Birth - BBC , United Kingdom
    2004 - Series Producer
    Series about hospital dealing with life-threatening pregnancies.

    The Times: "The combination of medical ingenuity and human kindness is something to behold".

    God on the Brain - BBC , United Kingdom
    2003 - Director
    This film examined new research into the human brain and asked are we programmed to believe in God?

    The Times: "It was fascinating stuff".

    Shortlisted for Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers' Award for best science documentary.

    The Great Sperm Race - BBC , United Kingdom
    2003 - Director
    Documentary revealing that the female of the species is as promiscuous as the male.

    The Observer: "entertaining and illuminating".

    This was the most popular film at the 2004 BBC Showcase.

    Archimedes' Secret - BBC , United Kingdom
    2002 - Director
    The extraordinary saga of a document lost for hundreds of years, that could have changed the course of history.

    US press: "A history whodunnit that unfolds like a screen thriller".

    Won Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers' Award for best science documentary.

    Won BAFTA for best documentary series.

    The Blood of the Vikings (Viking Raids) - BBC , United Kingdom
    2001 - Director
    Exploring the genetic and historical past of the vikings.

    The Sunday Times: "Richards is splendid at communicating his enthusiasm".

    Won Certificate of Merit at San Francisco Film Festival.

    Won Palmares Award.

    Nominated for RTS.

    The Blood of the Vikings (The Sea Road) - BBC , United Kingdom
    2001 - Director
    Exploring the genetic and historical past of the vikings.

    Giving Up for Good - BBC , United Kingdom
    2000 - Director
    Shot stories across the series following different smokers and drinkers trying to kick their habits.

    Born Twice - BBC , United Kingdom
    1999 - Director
    An unborn child has revolutionary foetal surgery, while he is still in his mother's womb.

    The Guardian: "this absorbing film".

    Sudden Death - Horizon - BBC , United Kingdom
    1998 - Director
    A multiple murder that had been hidden in a prestigious medical journal for over 20 years was revealed.

    The Independent: "I felt shell shocked, this meticulously researched investigaton told such a tragic story".

    BAFTA for best factual series and RTS award for best documentary series.

    Tomorrow's World Roadshow - BBC , United Kingdom
    1997 - Series Producer
    Tomorrow's World went out on the road to film live experiments for its OB series.

    The Limits to Birth - Horizon - BBC , United Kingdom
    1997 - Director
    Explored if there is biological brick wall, which limits the age which premature babies can be saved.

    The Guardian: "Journalistically rigorous and morally complex examination".

    Nerve Transplant - QED - BBC , United Kingdom
    1996 - Director
    Following the work of a unique nerve transplant surgeon, who brings back movement to the limbs of paralysed patients.

    The Observer: "another terrific piece of popular science".

    Superspecs - QED - BBC , United Kingdom
    1996 - Director
    Following the travels of an inventor around Ghana with a pair of glasses that he was convinced could save the sight of millions.

    The Guardian "potential to revolutionise the lives of millions"

    Tomorrow's World - BBC , United Kingdom
    1995 - Series Producer
    Series producing and studio directing the weekly show.

    Please God Make Me Straight - Verve Productions , United Kingdom
    2009 - Executive Producer
    Feature documentary for theatrical release. The film explores how damaging research from US fundamentalist Christians is increasingly being promoted in the UK.

    Fabric of the Cosmos - Verve Productions , United States of America
    2009 - Director
    Development work and scripting for WGBH series, exploring the origins of time and space.

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    Employment History

    16 years working as a highly experienced and award winning producer/director/series producer.

    I also have extensive experience in  programme development and have spent much of the last two years working as a development producer. My  development experience includes both the BBC and in the indie sector. I have a very strong track record in getting my ideas on screen.

    All of this has given me the equally important experience of managing and inspiring creative teams to make the best possible programmes.
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    Education

    8 O'levels
    3 A'levels
    BSc. Hons. Chemical Engineering (2.1)
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    Industry Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma in Radio Journalism (CNAA and JACTRJ)
    BBC Lighting course
    BBC Directing course
    BBC writing course
    BBC safety course
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    Referees

    On application
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    Industry Awards

    God on the Brain
    (Shortlisted for Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers 2004 Award)

    Archimedes' Secret
    (Won Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers' 2003 Award)
    (Won BAFTA for best documentary series)


    Blood of the Vikings
    (Won Palmares Award 2004)
    (Nominated for RTS award)


    Sudden Death
    (Won RTS award for best documentary series)
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    Skills

    Highly experienced location producer and director, strong background in both constructed documentaries and observatonal films. I also have a strong background in programme development. In addition, I can studio direct and radio produce.
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    Additional Information

    Industries

    • Radio, 
    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Arts, 
    • Biography, 
    • Business, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Development, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Education, 
    • Environment, 
    • Events, 
    • Health, 
    • Historical Documentary, 
    • Investigative, 
    • Magazine, 
    • Mental Health, 
    • Natural History, 
    • Observational Documentary, 
    • Outside Broadcast, 
    • Religion, 
    • Science, 
    • Social Action, 
    • Studio Debate, 
    • Studio Direction

    Organizations

    • BAFTA WFTV

    Specialisms

    • Anthropology, 
    • Archaeology, 
    • Biology, 
    • Cinema/Film, 
    • Cookery, 
    • Education, 
    • Engineering, 
    • Environment, 
    • Food, 
    • Genetics, 
    • History, 
    • Human Rights, 
    • Interior Design, 
    • International Affairs, 
    • Journalism, 
    • Literature, 
    • Location Filming, 
    • Maths, 
    • Medicine, 
    • Mental Health, 
    • Paleontology, 
    • Paranormal, 
    • Politics, 
    • Programme Development, 
    • Programme Formatting, 
    • Psychology, 
    • Radio, 
    • Religion, 
    • Science, 
    • Sexuality, 
    • Social Anthropology, 
    • Social Issues, 
    • USA, 
    • Wine, 
    • Writing

    Languages

    • French

    Permits

    • USA

    Licenses

    • Basic Driving (PLG)
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