After graduating from the University of Durham in 1987, Richard Marson joined the BBC and progressed from floor assistant to producer/director. Along the way, he worked on many iconic programmes including Top of the Pops, That’s Life!, Wogan and Going Live! He went freelance in 1994, with stints at companies like Planet 24, Chatsworth and LWT. A return to the BBC in 1997 to direct series of Record Breakers and Tomorrow’s World led to his appointment as a producer on Blue Peter, where he remained for a decade. He spent four years as the programme’s Editor and during this time, won a BAFTA. In 2007, he was Executive Producer of BBC FOUR’s Children’s TV On Trial.
More recently, he produced and directed a 90-minute documentary for BBC Four, Tales of Television Centre. He is currently with TwoFour producing a major 15-part ‘fixed rig’ documentary for CBBC called Our School.
He is the author of several books, including Inside Updown: The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs, Blue Peter 50th Anniversary and JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, which was published in 2013 amid a flurry of publicity and which received much acclaim for its searching but sensitive portrait of Doctor Who’s longest-running producer.
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