Fiona Pitcher is a multi award-winning Executive Producer with more than 20 years experience working across an exceptional range of wildlife / science / countryside TV formats for different broadcasters – from live to blue chip.
Fiona created the BBC primetime formats SPRINGWATCH and AUTUMNWATCH – now part of the annual TV calendar with more than a decade on air. She’s led teams up to 100-strong in the African bush and on one of the biggest live broadcasts in the UK. Her series have won many awards including a Royal Television Society best factual, 2 BAFTAs – with a special award for SPRINGWATCH, and an Emmy for SOUTH PACIFIC.
Most recently she created THE BURROWERS: ANIMALS UNDERGROUND for BBC TWO, which was nominated for both the Grierson and Wildscreen Panda awards. She’s also been a key supplier to the ONE SHOW for BBC ONE, overseeing 250 wildlife films.
Fiona now works as a consultant and trainer with independent TV companies around the UK and the BBC on wildlife-related shows. Most recently she worked as a consultant with Boundless on CATS V DOGS: WHICH IS BEST?, a format which combined new science with factual entertainment.
Fiona’s worked with many top presenters including Nick Knowles, Chris Packham, Kate Humble, Hugh Dennis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Bradbury and Gordon Buchanan. Fiona is passionate about training. During her long career she’s talent-spotted and nurtured presenters and producers in front of and behind the camera. Her “trainees” have gone on to become BBC commissioners, BAFTA award-winning presenters and news correspondents. She now trains presenters and creating bespoke showreels (see Showreel Production and Editing).
Her current clients in factual production training range from super and smaller indies to in-house BBC teams and NGOs. She trains in digital and TV storytelling, presenting and media performance, research, ethics and compliance, directing, editing and writing – from treatments to commentary. She also lectures on an MA documentary course at Salford University.
“This surefire winner… with coverage such as this, you never need to venture outdoors.” The Times
“No licence fee and no turquoise waters, meat-eating caterpillars or happy fruit flies – and we would all be the poorer for it ….. it offers the perfect blend of reverence and accessibility.” David Chator – The Times
“Utterly fascinating” Financial Times
“Truly magical” Mail on Sunday
“Astonishing stuff.” Daily Mail
With thanks to all the production teams in front of and behind the camera.