I am a television producer, author, filmmaker, whatever, who spent formative years in Walthamstow (going to school with East 17 and playing for the same football club as David Beckham are small items of trivia I would churn out if I were ever invited to a dinner paty).
In my teens I won the Waltham Forest Guardian Young Sports Journalist of the Year and subsequently worked for Leyton Orient Football Club in various guises including writer and football in the community coach.
At 21 I fell violently into stand-up comedy and ended up performing as part of a double act on stage and screen with very little applause. But it did result in being offered a job as a TV researcher at LWT, where I worked closely with Jeremy Beadle and legendary writer Denis Norden for a few years. I wrote and produced a number of TV pilots featuring talent such as Leigh Francis and Edgar Wright before Nasty Nigel Lythgoe noticed and took me under his wing.
From there I went on to devise and/or freelance produce shows (Celebrity Stitch-Up, Your Face or Mine, Gagging For It, RI:SE, Rajan and his Evil Hypnotists) that have been sold in the UK and internationally. I formed Hideous Productions and very quickly created a show called 24 Hours With… for ITV1, as well as selling it to 14 countries all over the world.
After fleeing the world of offices and wages, I chugged around the planet writing books: ‘Chasing the Eighties’ – about a journey around North America visiting 80s movie locations and legends and ‘I am The Gloryhunter’ – an adventure living around England based on whoever wins a football match, for which I was nominated in the ‘Best New Writer’ category at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards. After making a 76×5 minute series about my football travels for ITV.com, and spending 6 months in the African bush training to be a safari field guide for a web series, I am now camped in Bristol, attempting to poke my nose into the wildlife filmmaking business.