Television is one of the most exciting, dynamic and imaginative industries out there! Whether that be on a prime-time, shiny floor, Saturday night extravaganza! Or maybe a gritty, dark and thought provoking drama. Or even on an eye-opening, innovative and fact-based documentary. The possibilities of story-telling and how they are told is endless!
Making television wasn't a natural career path for me at the start. But like many of my colleagues in the industry, it only took one programme to change that, and for me, that was Eurovision! Alright, it might be four hours of questionable singing, adventurous costumes and countries whose names you may have never heard of before, but it is one of the most popular television events in the world and more importantly, it is made by some of the most talented crews in the world.
Right now, you'll find me freelancing as a Third Assistant Director and Runner in TV drama. I'm only just starting my journey in the industry and I have to say, I've already met some highly accomplished professionals and it is incredibly exciting to contribute to programme making. It certainly makes them early mornings, freezing cold days and long hours worth it!
Now, I know we are all busy people. So, to make things a bit easier - I've answered some questions about myself below. I very much look forward to collaborating with you in the future!
WHEN & WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
I was born in Cheshire in 1996, in the United Kingdom. For those who have heard of Cheshire before; no. I'm not a footballer and I don't live in a mansion!
WHERE DID YOU STUDY?
I graduated from the University of Chester in November 2019 with a First Class in Television Production with Radio Production.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST TELEVISION SET YOU STEPPED ON?
In 2015, I was fortunate enough to have had four weeks work experience on Blue Peter! This was my first ever time working in television and it was such an honour to work on the world's longest running children's TV programme. Sadly, I didn't get a badge but did get to fuss the Blue Peter dog, Iggy and stand in for Dame Sarah Storey during studio rehearsals!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TV CREDIT?
Such a momentous day for anyone working in TV! My first credit was as a Third Assistant Director on Hollyoaks (Sunday 5 April, 2020 to be precise!). I still frequently work at Hollyoaks, which marks my first paid work in the industry and continues to teach me a vast amount of skills and techniques I will no doubt take with me into the future.
YOU DO RADIO AS WELL?
Radio has been such a passion for me, both away from the mic in production and in front of it! I've worked at some of the biggest radio brands in the UK and have produced radio content ranging from specialist music shows to journalistic investigations!
WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM JOB IN TV BE?
I would love to be a First Assistant Director in drama or a Floor Manager in TV studios!
But, my desire to produce and direct content will not cease! For one, I long to direct an episode of Escape to the Country!
WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?
In my spare time, you'll usually find me screenwriting and out and about taking many, many photographs. You can see just some of my favourite pictures on my Instagram!
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING?
When it's not Eurovision, it's either Escape to the Country, Helicopter ER or Poldark. I know, quite a selection!
FINALLY, IS IT TRUE THAT YOU'RE A LORD?
Yes! In September 2020 I bought the grand total of 101 square feet of land in Glencoe Wood and the Mountainview Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Scotland. This ownership gives me the right to use the title, Lord Marland of Glencoe & Lochaber and I *could* even get it changed by deed poll! If you want to call me Lord Marland, then feel free!