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    Laurence Williamson film editor
 

     I have edited many types of peak time documentaries for the main TV channels on film, tape, Lightworks and Avid and was voted one of the top ten UK film editors in 1999.

     In 2007 a film I edited won the BAFTA Specialist Factual Award. Six films that I edited have won RTS awards. Others films have been nominated for RTS, BAFTA, Broadcast Digital and Grierson awards, and been part of an EMMY winning series.  

Contact me on : 07813 583735   
    


Editing credits include:

The British Garden - Life and Death on Your Lawn BBC 4/Windfall
90 min doc filmed over a year recording how much wildlife can be found in a typical back garden.
Presented by Chris Packham.
Produced and Directed
by Tom Cook
   
Ireland with Ardal O'Hanlon More 4/Big Mountain Productions
3 x 50 min docs filmed around Ireland as Ardal discovers what it means to be Irish.
Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
The Royal Good Guys France 5/CB Productions
 60 min doc about the charitable works of four Royal Princes. Shown throughout Europe and the USA. Produced and Directed
by Alison Homewood and Christian Bidault
   
Griff's Great Britain ITV1/Modern TV
8 x 30 min docs with Griff Rhys Jones exploring different regions of Britain.
Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
OAP's Behaving Badly C5/Barcroft TV
 2 of 6 docs about people growing old gracefully
 - or not.
Produced by Lucy Sandys - Winsch, Sean Grundy and Richard Nash
   
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes ITV1/Buffalo Films
Two 60min docs travelling the world with Martin Clunes as he explores man's long relationship with animals.
'Martin Clunes's affection for all creatures great and small is especially touching' The Guardian
Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
The Men With Many Wives C4/Shiver TV
Obdoc exploring the world of polygamy as practised by British Muslims. 
"An unusually clear-eyed documentary" The Guardian.
Produced and Directed
by Masood Khan
   
The Auction House C4/Dragonfly
1 of 3 docs about Britain's most eccentric auction house and its wealthy customers. Executive Produced
by Charlotte Desai
   
A Great Welsh Adventure -
                           with Griff Rhys Jones
ITV1/Modern TV
8 x 30 min docs of Griff exploring different regions of Wales.

"Gorgeous landscapes, interesting history and good company. Documentary pick of the day"
 The Observer.
Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
When Bjork Met Attenborough C4/Pulse Films
The two mutual fans discuss the origins of music and the relationship between nature and Bjork's Biophilia performances. I was brought in by C4 to bring this ambitious film to a successful conclusion.
 "A delight to the senses" The Telegraph.
Produced and Directed
by Louise Hooper
   
William, Kate and the Royal Baby France 3/CB Productions
The latest instalment in our Royal soap opera screened throughout (republican) Europe and the USA. Produced and Directed
by Christian Bidault
   
Perspectives - Portillo on Picasso ITV1/Plum Pictures
Michael Portillo finds the parallels between his father's exile from fascist Spain and Picasso's exile from his homeland. Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
Mary - Queen of the High Street C4/Optomen
Mary Portas tries to save Margate High Street in spite of some local doubts. Produced and Directed
by Colin Rothbart
   
Escape From Colditz C4/Windfall
Feature length doc recreating the most famous,
planned WW2 prison break -
flying a glider off the roof of Colditz Castle.
Shortlisted 2013 Grierson Awards
Filmed, Produced and Directed
by Tom Cook
   
Perspectives - Sergeant on Spike ITV1/Silver River
John Sergeant explores the comic genius of Spike Milligan.
"Excellent - an intelligently edited pleasure of a programme"
The Observer
Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
Britain's Lost Routes
                            with Griff Rhys Jones
BBC1/Modern TV
2 of 4x 60min docs of Griff retracing forgotten routes.
 A pilgrimage route through Wales and
a cattle droving route through Scotland.
 
Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
   
Poms in Paradise ITV1/Century Films
Eight half hour ob docs about life on Australia's Gold coast for British ex-pats. 1 of 2 editors.
Edited in HD at online resolution.
"Funniest show of the week" The Sunday Express
Produced and directed by
Bruce Fletcher and Peter Beard
Wicked Pirate City Nat Geo/Wall to Wall

Two hour drama doc about the sunken city of Port Royal and the  real pirates of the Caribbean. 1 of 2 editors.
"Choice of the day" The Observer

Directed by Diene Petterle
   
Wonderland - High Society Brides BBC2/Keo Films
What happened to five 'girls in pearls' who appeared
on the frontispiece page of Country Life magazine
during the last fifty years.
Directed by
Hannah Berryman
"This beautifully crafted documentary" TV Times
"Unexpectedly touching, thoroughly engaging" Radio Times
Nominated Most Entertaining Documentary
 2011 Grierson Awards
 
   
First Cut - The Pawn King C4/Keo Films
Looking at the boom in easy but expensive money from online pawn broking.
Directed by
Kirsty Garland
"Shocking but eminently watchable" The Observer
   
Valentine Warner Eats The Sixties UKTV/Optomen Television
Valentine Warner explores how we ate in the swinging sixties. 2 x 44 minute films edited, graded and on-lined by me at Tangram in just three weeks for each film.
Produced and Directed
by Joe Harding
   
The Supreme Court More 4/KHP
90 minute ob doc following the first year of Britain's new Supreme Court. 1 of 3 editors Directed by Karen Hamilton
   
Greatest Cities of The World - Rome ITV/Modern TV

Griff Rhys Jones explores the ancient city

Produced and Directed
by Christopher Bruce
"Thank you for your excellent work - immaculately edited" ITV Factual Editor  
   
The Hospital C4/North One
The episode in series two of the award winning programme about the hidden epidemic of Diabetes  Produced and Directed by
Tom Coveney
   
Make Me A New Face BBC2/ORTV
Ben Fogle travels to Ethiopia with a team of specialist surgeons who perform life changing surgery on children severely disfigured by Noma Produced and Directed by
  Abigail Priddle
   
Ration Book Britain UKTV/Optomen Television
Valentine Warner, Andrew Castle and Jodie Kidd explore what it meant to live through the rationing years in Britain. Produced and Directed by
Diene Petterle and
David Robertson
4 x 44 minute films edited, graded and on-lined by me at Tangram in just three weeks for each film.
Shortlisted 2011 Broadcast Digital Awards
 
   
The Best Job in The World

BBC1/BBC Wales

Following four young Brits as they try to win the job that's too good to be true...

Filmed and Directed
by Agnieszka Piotrowska
"Many, many thanks for being superbly brilliant" 
 -  BBC exec
 
   
Kevin McCloud and The Big Town Plan

C4/Talkback Thames

Filmed over five years, can good design rescue the failing town of Castleford in Yorkshire? 4x50mins. 1 of 3 editors.
Nominated 2008 RTS Awards

Produced and Directed
 by Hugo Smith

   
Making The Universe Mute Records

45 minute obdoc following eight months of studio sessions as Depeche Mode record their new album
 Sounds of The Universe

Filmed by Daniel Miller,
 Andy Fletcher and others

The Posters Came From The Walls

Mute Records
Brown Owl Films

The fans of Depeche Mode filmed by
 Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller

Selected 2008 London Film Festival

"The most fun film of the Festival" The Observer
"Hilarious, brilliantly edited and politically fascinating" Dazed and Confused

Directors: Jeremy Deller
and Nick Abrahams
   
The Making of Me - Vanessa Mae BBC1

The violinist tries to discover whether her musicality
 was the result of nature or nurture.

Directed by John Holdsworth
   
Married to The Eiffel Tower - Strangelove

C5/Blink Productions

Examines the little known phenomenon of Objectum Sexuals - women who have relationships only with objects,
  like The Eiffel Tower...

Filmed and Directed by
 Agnieszka Piotrowska

Dawn Goes Lesbian BBC3/Zig Zag

The intrepid journalist tries living as a lesbian for a month

Producer: Alex Berk
The Stirling Prize

C4/Talkback Thames

Kevin McCloud tours Europe looking at the buildings
 shortlisted for the big prize in architecture.

Directed by
 Ned Williams

One Life
        - The Brick In The Wall Kids
BBC1
Silver River

The kids who sang on the Pink Floyd hit tell their story and of how they came through the controversy

 Directed by
 Hannah Berryman

Into The Big Wide World

C4/Ricochet

Following a project in south London trying to give a better chance in life to teenagers leaving the care system

"It's heartening to see a film that painstakingly avoids mawkishness and exploitation, instead we get to understand the quartet's hopes and fears."
The Mail On Sunday

Filmed and Directed by
 Jessie Versluys

Cutting Edge - Bus Pass Workaholics C4/Silver River

A  look at Britain's 1.2 million pensioner workforce
 finding humour and sadness in their stories

Filmed and Directed by
  Hannah Berryman

Jamie's Chef C4/Fresh One

Jamie gives one of his trainees the chance to run
 their own business. 4 of 4 docs. 
(Co-edit 1,2+4)
 
"It is shaped with loving care. If it were a sculpture
 it would be a Henry Moore. If it were a steak it wouldn't have an ounce of fat on it.  Each scene whizzes by and each character zings off the screen."   Radio Times 

Directors: Kim Maddever,
 Paddy Wivell

 

One Life - Gail Porter Laid Bare BBC1/Maverick Television

The Tv presenter comes to terms with alopecia

Producer: Hannah Berryman
Nuremberg - Goering's Last Stand

C4/ 3BM tv

Two hour drama doc about Goering's rise to power and downfall at the Nuremberg Trials.
"Superbly made, thought-provoking and gripping"
 The Observer
2007 BAFTA Specialist Factual Award

Producer: Peter Nicholson

 

Extraordinary People
     - The Boy With A New Head
C5/At It Productions
Following 13 year old Petero from rural Uganda
 to Dallas for dramatic surgery
Shortlisted 2007 Grierson Awards
Producer: Alex Berk
Hannah Glasse 
     - The First Domestic Goddess
BBC4/Optomen Television

Clarissa Dickson-Wright  presents a  drama documentary about Georgian author
Runner up 2007 Glenfiddich Award 

Producer: Diene Petterle
The Baby Race C4/Hart Ryan Productions

1 of 3 ob docs following would be
 mums without men.

Producer: Diana Hill
The British Middle Class C4/Blakeway Productions

Tristram Hunt explores the origins of middle class values

Producer: Peter Nicholson
Who Got Diana Dors' Millions?

C4/Granada

A code cracking thriller biography
2004 RTS Award (North West) Best Factual
Entertainment Programme
Producer: Isabel Tang

The Real John Curry

C4/Granada

Bio of Britain's first openly gay sportsman. 
2003 RTS Award Best Sports Documentary
2003 RTS (North West) Award Best Sports Programme 

Producer: Ralph Lee

 

Brit School BBC/Touch

6 of 10 films following the lives of children
 at a performing arts school in south London

Producer: Ken McGill
Fifteen 

C4/Windfall

2 of 3 films about fifteen year olds in south London
2000 RTS Award Best documentary series
2000 BAFTA nominated Best documentary series

Camera/Director: Daisy Asquith
   Executive Producer: Oliver Morse 

Diary of a Teenage Nudist

C4/ZKK

Exploring the funny but murky world of Nudism. 
"Thought provoking" The Times

Producer: Alex Berk

The World's Worst Century  - 
                          The Black Death 

C4/Granada

"A gripping horror documentary" Daily Express

Producer: Peter Nicholson

The Decision 

C4/Windfall

2 of 3 films about children and social services.
1999 RTS Award Best documentary series

Camera/Directors: Daisy Asquith, 
Nichola Koratjitis
Executive Producer: Oliver Morse

Cutting Edge
       - Sleeping with the Au Pair
C4/Twenty Twenty

The damage wreaked by falling for your au pair. 

Producer: Hannah Berryman
Ruby Does The Business

BBC3/Princess Productions

Ruby Wax on how to make a quick million in the Chrysalis music empire. Producer: Michael Jochnowitz
New Servants

BBC2/Talkback

1 of 3 films reflecting affluent lifestyles 

Producer: Hannah Berryman

The Diagnosis

C4/Windfall

Co-editor with Simon Rose of three films following 
junior doctors under pressure in A+E. 

Producers: Emma Bowman,
       Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones
 

Who Rules The Roost?

BBC3/Ricochet Digital

First episode in new format series about working parents trying full time childcare.  Producer: Francine Shaw
I'll Show Them Who's Boss

BBC2

First in new series of top boss Gerry Robinson 
advising family firms. Gained 22 'pick of the days'.

Producer: James Van der pool

Living The Dream 
                        - Cabbies on Safari

BBC2

From zebra crossings to zebras crossing

Producer: Nicola Gibson

The Real Tony Blackburn

C4/Granada

Bio of Britain's first superstar DJ's decline and revival

Producer: Sue Bourne

The Heart of the Dragon   

C4/ASH

4 of 12 films about life in China.
1984 EMMY winning series

Producers: Mischa Scorer,
 Peter Montagnon

Inside Clouds 
         -  A drink and drugs clinic  

 BBC2

2 of 4 sixty-minute films following patients through rehab.

Producers: Kevin Jarvis, Gabe Solomon

Coast of Dreams 
                - Paradise in the Sun
  

 C4/Touch

English ex-pats on the Costa del Sol - largest
ever audience for a documentary on C4 when shown

Producer: Malcolm Brinkworth 

Modern Times -
                Amsterdamage
   

 BBC2

English drug mules in Amsterdam - shot on DV

Producers: Alastair Cook,
 Robert Davis

Back to the Floor - 
               Dating Agency 
  

BBC2

Top boss experiences real work

Producer: James Van der pool

Trouble at the Top 

  BBC2

actuality lead films inside businesses with problems. 
13 films in 8 series

Producers: Daniel Barry,
 Sue Bourne,  Clare Duggan,
 Robi Dutta, 
Mary FitzPatrick, Bill Grist,
 Emma Jones, Michele Kurland,
Colm Martin, Ashok Prasad.

Equinox - Near Miss 

  C4/Windfall

New York air traffic controllers under pressure 

Producers: Emma Bowman, 
Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones

Perfect Breasts 

  C4/Wellpark

should teenagers have breast implants?

Producer: Sue Bourne

Secret Lives of the Pharaohs  

 C4/TV6

1 of 3 films exploring new evidence about ancient Egypt

Producers: Dev Varma
 and Richard Reisz

Troubleshooter 

  BBC2

9 films in 5 series of Sir John Harvey Jones
sorting out ailing companies, including Morgan Cars
1991 BAFTA winning series

Producers: Anne Laking,
 Robert Thirkell
,
Michael Moseley, Judy Rose,
Michele Kurland

Island of Dreams

 C4/Touch

3 films about `real Shirley Valentines'

Producer: Malcolm Brinkworth

Cutting Edge - Home Fires  

C4/Touch

how the Gulf War affected army wives and mothers

Producer: Malcolm Brinkworth

Submarine

BBC1

4 of 6 films about life on Navy subs - achieved
audiences of over 7 million against Coronation Street

Producer: Jonathan Crane

Pioneers - My Special Children

BBC2

1 of 6 in series about NHS

Producer: Robin Brightwell

Odyssey C4/Griffin

5 of 12 fifty minute ethnographic docs

Producers: Simon Normanton,
 Gerry Troyna
QED - Simon's Return  

BBC1/Touch

Simon Weston returns to The Falklands

Producer: Malcolm Brinkworth

QED - A Song for Annie 

BBC1/Touch

a single mother facing up to death from cancer

Producer: Sue Bourne

Short Stories - Crash Course

C4/Touch

a light look at learners on intensive driving course

Producer: Madeline Hall

The Planets C4/ Moving Picture Company

3 of 7 films presented by Heather Couper

Producer: Paul Fisher
The Stars C4/ Moving Picture Company

3 of 6 films presented by Heather Couper

Producer: Stuart Carter

Ever Thought of Sport?

C4/Team Two

6 films shown on C4 and also BBC1 Producer: Richard Collins
The Beer Hunter 

C4/Hawkshead

5 of 6 films about great beers 
presented by writer Michael Jackson

Producers: Bob Bee, John Carlaw

 
I have also edited other broadcast docs, corporates, commercials, music videos and news.

December 2016