Robin Sheppard - TV Fiction Chair

I began directing after graduating from the Royal College of Art MA in Film and Television Direction.

My RCA graduation film The Thin Red Line – a political comedy set around the fall of the Berlin wall - won the Jury Prize at the Cork Film Festival and this led to working as a freelance Director in television.

I’ve since directed numerous high profile TV dramas – I was the lead director on the groundbreaking comedy series’ At Home With The Braithwaites, Between The Sheets with Brenda Blethyn and Kingdom with Stephen Fry. I’ve been BAFTA nominated twice, for A Wing and A Prayer and Playing The Field, and 2005 I won the Grierson Award for Best Drama Documentary for Cherished starring Tim Spall. Other single films include The Bad Mother’s Handbook with Catherine Tate and Robert Pattinson, Perfect Strangers with Rob Lowe and Anna Friel, Lucky Jim with Stephen Tompkinson, Helen McCrory, Keeley Hawes and Stephen Mangan, and the highly acclaimed mini-series Sparkhouse.

I’ve always worked very closely with writers and am now making the transition into feature films: Apples, adapted by the novelist Richard Milward, is being produced by Nikki Parrott at Tigerlily Films and developed by the BFI, who also funded the pilot for the film.

Also in development is Love In A Hot Climate, a cross-cultural comedy set in London and Pakistan, written by the journalist Allegra Donn, The Last Witch co-created with Sally Wainwright and Scoop a format for a new drama series. I’m also working with the groundbreaking theatre company Graeae to bring their acclaimed theatre musical Reasons To Be Cheerful to the screen. In pre-production is The Truth About Lies, a romantic comedy with a realistic edge firmly set in recession Britain. Pitched as Withnail & I meets Four Weddings And A Funeral, the film is currently being cast by Michelle Guish and is being produced by Rupert Bryan at Motion Picture House.