As Series Editor on Formula One: Drive to Survive, Nigel helped deliver Netflix’s highest profile, biggest budget, unscripted series to date, leading to its commission for a second season. His work on sports documentaries (including the acclaimed Netflix soccer series Sunderland ’Til I Die) follows his successes as Series Producer, Writer and Director of numerous documentaries and high-end drama-docs for all the U.K. channels and multiple global broadcasters - feature-length, singles and series. His films have gone on to win multiple awards and nominations, including Emmy and RTS.
After leaving the BBC Science and Features department, he has worked in natural history (with Sir David Attenborough), biography (featuring Jackie Chan and Joan Chen) history, arts and science (Emmy nominated feature drama/documentary) amongst many others. Key productions include the drama-doc series Fatal Attractions (co-creator and series producer/director), the arts/science feature doc The Da Vinci Detective (Ch 4), the science/history feature doc Titanic: Case Closed (NGCI), Horizon, the observational doc The Language Master (BBC) and many others.
At the same time, Nigel has forged a parallel career in drama, directing Hollywood star talent in the narrative feature film Mothers & Daughters (starring Sharon Stone, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino, Courtney Cox amongst others). He has recently been collaborating with Oscar nominated DoP John Mathieson (Gladiator, Logan, X-Men, Mary Queen of Scots) on the development of a feature documentary, as well as having numerous drama projects in development.
THE MAN WHO STOLE THE SCREAM
Director. A feature-length docu-drama surrounding the theft of Evard Munch's iconic masterpiece, The Scream.
(Curve Media/Sky/Theatrical release) 2022
9/11 : LIFE UNDER ATTACK
Producer. A unique and compelling feature-length account of the day that changed the modern world, captured by ordinary people who chose to pick up their cameras and film that fateful day.
(ITV - History Channel) 2021
ALL OR NOTHING - BRAZIL
Show runner (development) - set up the production team and developed the narrative for the Amazon strand ‘All or Nothing’ covering Copa America in Brazil. (Pitch International - Amazon) 2020
FORMULA ONE : DRIVE TO SURVIVE
Series Editor. Delivering this 10 part series on F1 to Netflix, working with the Oscar winning producers of Senna and Amy.
Box to Box - Netflix, 2019
SUNDERLAND 'TIL I DIE
Seres Edit Producer. Helped refine the story-telling across a number of episodes, bringing unifying themes to the series and developing techniques which allowed the people of Sunderland, the players and staff to tell their own story.
Fullwell 73 - Netflix 2018
LUCY WORSLEY'S FIREWORKS FOR A TUDOR QUEEN
Wrtier/Producer - re-shoot director
Feature length historical/science documentary.
BBC 4 - March 2018
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME
Prod/director 2x1 hours of major docu-drama series
October Films - FIVE - Nov 2017
THE REAL JESUS OF NAZARETH
4 x 1 hour. Series producer/director. Exploring the history behind the story of the real Jesus with the star of the Franco Zeffirelli TV series 'Jesus of Nazareth', Robert Powell.
Impossible Factual - Smithsonian Channel release 2017
YG AND THE FUTURE OF KPop
Feature documentary on the rise of KPop, featuring artists on the label YG Entertainment, including Psy, Big Bang and 2NE1. We discuss the rise of KPop and the role of social media and economic growth of South Korea.
Bang Productions - Korea/US release 2017
PANDAS - IMAX 3D
Scripted and post produced the 3D IMAX and TV documentary on the Chinese Panda breeding programme. Theatrical release.
IMAX, Sky 3D, Nat Geo Wild
Japan Wildlife Film Festival - Winner 2015
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival - Winner 2015
HOW TO WIN THE GRAND NATIONAL
Writer/producer of the Channel 4 documentary supporting the Grand National.
RTS (Science/Natural History) - Nomination 2103
MEERKATS: SECRETS OF AN ANIMAL SUPERSTAR
Scripted and post produced the David Attenborough voiced documentary for BBC2, telling both the story of a Meerkat family in the Kalahari Desert and the two decades of scientific research behind their elevation to TV stardom.
Documentary about the burgeoning drama, film and music industry in South Korea.
Asian TV Award - nomination 2013
HEROES OF THE SKIES
Lead director on a big budget drama doc, telling the stories of the greatest combat pilots of all time. Filming original Spitfire and Hurricanes, combined with CGI, period drama and interviews with some of the last surviving pilots of the era.
TITANIC: CASE CLOSED
One of a series of three feature length documentaries, commissioned alongside an episode directed by James Cameron for NGCI.
EMMY - nomination 2013
Co-created and series producer of the hugely successful 20-part series airing on US TV from October 2010-11, re-commissioned for third series in 2012/13.
Real Screen Factual Entertainment - nomination 2011
Genesis Award - nomination 2011
THE DA VINCI DETECTIVE
Writer/director of a feature-length documentary for Channel 4, following a revelatory forensic investigation into the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Channel 4
THE LANGUAGE MASTER
Producer/director of an observational documentary looking into the life and work of a brilliant and controversial language teacher, Michel Thomas. The film was hugely popular, and led to Thomas becoming one of the most acclaimed teachers in the world.
HORIZON - STONE AGE COLUMBUS
An episode of the multi award-winning BBC science series, that looked into the claim that the first Americans came to the continent from Europe over 13,000 years ago during the Ice Age.
TROUBLESHOOTER - WITH SIR JOHN HARVEY-JONES
Sir John Harvey-Jones looks at how the Navy will be able to cope with the new realities of facing Britain's Armed Forces.
CROSSINGS - JACKIE CHAN, JOAN CHEN
Nigel established the style for this biographical series, and produced its first two films on Asian film legends Jackie Chan and Joan Chen (The Last Emperor).
THE DEATH OF LEAH BETTS
This film was part of the BBC education series Short Circuit, and un-sensationally dealt with the death of Leah Betts from an Ecstasy overdose. BBC
RTS Education Award - winner 1997