As researcher on the Oxford Road Show, Nick spent three happy years making programmes with the late Russell Harty before moving back into radio. His credits include the listener-led consumer affairs programme Punters, the first football fanzine Bob Hatton Rattle; the award-winning The Century Speaks and the programme that put the audience at the heart of the environmental debate: Home Planet. Nick now divides his time between community history work in East Anglia, making films for clients such as the UK Space Agency and The Poetry Trust and producing Pier’s flagship history programme for Radio 4, Making History.
Recent credits include ”The Edge of the Abyss” the story of Jack London presented by the historian Dan Cruickshank; “The War Brides Return” a montage documentary featuring memories of a group of war brides who left the UK on a one-way trip across the Atlantic in 1946 to join their American and Canadian husbands they’d married during the war; “I’m Rather Worried About Jim” recalling the popularity of the radio soap “Mrs Dales Diary” with Penelope Keith and “A Kiss is Never Just a Kiss”, an intriguing exploration of kissing, with Rowan Pelling.
She has also produced many audios for a variety of Open University courses, and podcasts for the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Her documentaries have been broadcast across all the BBC networks and she is particularly proud of “The Tragical Adventures of Henrich von Kleist” for Radio 3 and “The End of the Pier” for BBC Radio 4’s Archive hour which was a creative evocation of Brighton’s now doomed West Pier presented by Tony Lidington.
Toby has written for a variety of publications; consulted for TV companies; spoken at numerous public meetings; chaired debates; taught scientists about working with the media and journalists about working with scientists. Toby’s first book “The Whole Story – Alternative Medicine on Trial?” was published in 2005 to glowing reviews from all sides of the complementary medicine debate.
Today he writes for a variety of publications; makes radio programmes for the BBC with Pier Productions and lectures on the Science Journalism MA at City University School of Journalism.
Since 2010 she has been working on a series of programmes for Radio 4 uncovering problems facing the aid industry in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, including the upcoming series Inside the Aid Industry. Eve’s recent Pier credits include Swimming With Piranhas, which uncovered the rapid deforestation in Paraguay’s Chaco thorn forest. In 2013 she will be reporting from Luanda on the flood of Portuguese migrants returning to Angola to capitalise on the oil and mineral boom of its former colony.
Eve is a contributing producer for Making History, producing on-location features for the strand, and as part of Pier’s educational team has produced podcast series for the Open University.
Jim has worked with some of the UK’s leading production companies and channels and has excelled in getting things done on large and small budgets often seeing projects through from end to end, developing ideas, interpreting briefs, producing, directing, shooting and editing.
Documentary and educational production remain Jim’s favourite kind of work as he enjoys translating his enthusiasm for learning into concise, accessible and watchable material.
In 2004 he researched and produced Scars of Evolution, a ground-breaking exploration of waterside evolution, presented by Sir David Attenborough. In the course of that research Richard first proposed the testable hypothesis that vernix was not unique to humans. This was subsequently proven right when it was found to be common among marine mammals. In 2012 An Idea Whose Time Has Come brought together Daniel Dennett, Lynn Margulis, Pauline Hogeweg and Eva Jablonka to discuss the evolutionary nature of scientific discovery and how convergence in nature is in some ways a close analogue of simultaneity in scientific discovery.
He is currently working on a follow up series to Scars of Evolution.