is a television
multi-award-winning promo producer based in London.
Rich was always a bit of a Clever Dick. He was supposed to go to Cambridge University, but instead he upset his Mum by wanting to do something interesting and creative instead of studying boring stuff that dead people did. He much preferred telling stories, going to the cinema and watching far too much television. So he went to Bournemouth University to study Film and TV, loved it, made some award-winning short films, and got a 'first' that nobody ever asks about.
Then Rich got a job at CBBC as a Runner for Dick and Dom, which sounds much more fun than it was. After that he made a lot of cups of tea on dramas and feature films like Batman Begins and Alexander, which was slightly more fun even though he doesn't drink tea.
He impressed some nice people with his cool ideas and got a job as a Creative making promos and trailers at a lovely place called Red Bee Media. He started cutting up old comedy shows to advertise re-runs on digital channels, won lots of shiny awards all over the world, and was soon writing, directing and editing campaigns for all the big drama series on the BBC.
But much as he loved advertising other people's drama, he'd always wanted to make it himself. So in 2010 he went freelance, started Clever Dick Productions and relocated to Cardiff to work on various ridiculously exciting projects for BBC Wales. His many mini Doctor Who adventures turned out rather well and he was soon asked to shoot an entire episode, making him the youngest ever director of the show since it returned in 2005. And that went rather well too. In fact "Let's Kill Hitler" got nominated for Director Debut Of The Year at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Channel Of The Year Awards in 2012.
He's now based back in London, directing for whoever asks nicely. He mostly makes season finalés of primetime dramas, ensuring they go out with the necessary bang.
Rich is enthusiastic, passionate and gregarious. He will work for chocolate. He should not be given caffeine under any circumstances.
So Rich is still a bit of a Clever Dick. And even though he didn't go to
Cambridge, his Mum is very proud, mostly because she now has Kevin Costner's autograph and a framed photo of her son outside the TARDIS.