John Kirby

Producer / Director

Contact Details

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Established Producer/Director with particular expertise in the live multi-camera coverage of music/entertainment and special events, self-shot observational documentaries and broadcast and corporate features.

He has completed the 5-day Hostile Environment & First Aid Course for current on-going BBC projects and the Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training Course (HUET).

Selected Credits

Proms In The ParkEventsBBCOB Director
Live coverage from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast of an open air concert celebrating the traditional Last Night of the Proms. Line-up included Katherine Jenkins, Phil Coulter and a preview of Heartbeat of Home which opens later this year in the West End - from the Riverdance stable.
BBC Proms 2013 MusicBBCOB Director
3 televised Proms from the Royal Albert Hall featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia Rome, London Symphony Orchestra.
Proms Chamber Music ConcertsMusicBBCSeries Director
Throughout the Proms season a new initiative - coverage of 8 lunchtime concerts from the Cadogan Hall.
Open DoorMagazineBBCDirector
On-going monthly as live ONE Show style magazine programme from various OB locations in Tripoli
The Queen's baton relay School's ConcertFactualBBCOB Director
From City Halls Glasgow with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiastic audience of 10 - 12 yeasr olds many of whom had never seen an orchestra perform. Streamed live to schools throughout the Commonwealth
Searching for Exile: The DebateFactualBBCProducer / Director
Ed Stourton chairs a discussion which examines the historical & archaeological evidence raised by the controversial film Searching for Exile - Truth or Myth? & what could this mean for Judaism & its impact on other religions
Sachay Sawel PoliticsBBCOB Director
In the week following the Pakistan General Election, 2 live televised political debates from Karachi.
The Funeral of Baroness Thatcher Palace of WestminsterLiveBBCDirector
Live multi-camera coverage of the arrival of the hearse bearing the coffin of Baroness Thatcher at the Palace of Westminster to lay overnight in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. Coverage on the funeral day as the hearse leaves Westminster for St Clement Danes with live reports from Sophie Raworth.
URBI et ORBIReligionBBCProducer
Live coverage from Rome of the Pope's Easter Message and Blessing "to the City and to the World".
The Inauguration of Pope FrancisReligionBBCDirector
Live coverage from Rome, presented by Jon Sopel and James Naughtie from a specially constructed studio overlooking St Peter's Square.
Afghan to AfghanCurrent AffairsBBC Media ActionDirector
Working with BBC Media ACtion in Kabul on a partnership project with RTA (Radio Television Afghanistan) to produce a series of televised Question Time style debates. On going training of the RTA crew; directing multi-camera coverage of the first 3 of 6 debates and then mentoring the RTA directors for further programmes.
Tok Bot SalonetCurrent AffairsBBCDirector
(Krio for talk about Sierra Leone) In the run up to Sierra Leone's Presidential elections, a young audience of students come together at a school in Freetown for a televised debate to discuss their hopes for the future of Sierra Leone.
The Forum (Zambia) and Voice of the People (Libya)EducationalBBCDirector
Training and mentoring studio and OB directors at Libyan Television, Tripolo and at ZNBC Lusaka, Zambia in the techniques of directing a multi-camera televised debates.
Bond and BeyondMusicBBCDirector
Live Red Button and Big Screen coverage of two shaken but not stirred 007 Bond themed music concerts featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for 5Live's Kermode and Mayo Film Review and Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night.
Oil WeekCurrent AffairsBBCProducer / Director
Dan Snow presents a live OB from the Tern oil platform in the North Sea and discovers what life on board is like for those working over 100 miles from the Shetlands.
BBC Scotland Proms Last NightMusicBBCOB Director
Live coverage of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's celebration of the Last Night of the Proms in Glasgow. A distinct touch of jazz to the repertoire which included Bernstein, Gershwin, Williams, Bizet and Coward.
BBC Proms 2012LiveBBCOB Director
In pre-production. Live concert of the world's greatest classical music festival.
Thames Diamond Jubilee PageantLiveBBCOB Director
Royal Barge OB director. Unprecedented live coverage using eight remotely controlled cameras placed discreetly around the Spirit of Chartwell, which took the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry down the Thames in rather inclement conditions. Specially built control room on the Royal Barge below decks in the crew mess room.
Globe to Globe FestivalTheatreThe Space (Arts Council & BBC)OB Director
An extraordinary concept - all 37 of Shakespeare's major works performed night after night at London's Globe Theatre by companies from around the world in 37 different languages including hip-hop and British Sign Language! Directing coverage of 12 plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream in Korean, The Merry Wives of Windsor in Swahili, and Titus Andronicus in Cantonese.
Memorial Service for PC David RathbandLiveBBCOB Director
Live multi-camera coverage from Newcastle Cathedral.
Carols from BuckleburyEntertainmentITV1Producer / Director
traditional candle-lit carol service from rural Berkshire where villagers join together in a rustic barn to celebrate the story of the Nativity. Kate Garraway meets members of this pastoral community as they prepare for Christmas and carols include Silent Night, In the bleak midwinter and O Come all ye faithful.
BBC Proms 2011EventsBBCDirector
Live Coverage of 'Spanish Night' (Prom 10) with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra including repetoire by Ravel Falla and Debussy. Live coverage of 'French Night' (Prom 26) with the BBC Scottish symphony Ochestra including the ever-popular Ravel's Bolero
Last Choir StandingLight EntertainmentBBCOB Director
Multi-camera live coverage of choir performances and Master classes for this primetime Saturday series.
New Frontiers and Endless PossibilitiesObservational DocumentaryAH / NHS Producer / Director
focusing on major surgery to remove a brain tumour by surgeons at Alder Hey Children's Hospital using Europe's first dedicated paediatric intra-operative 3-T MRI scanner for the very first time.
Proms in the ParkMusicBBCDirector
As part of the traditional and celebratory 'Last Night of the Proms', live coverage from sunny Salford with an impressively eneregic John Barrowman, the BBC Philharmonic Ochestra and some very expensive fireworks
State Visit of Pope Benedict XVIEventsBBCProducer / Director
Live multi-camera coverage of High Mass at Westminster Cathedral celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI and presented by Huw Edwards.
Cathedral Observational DocumentaryBBCProducer / Director
Observational documentary series on Norwich Cathedral.
Funeral of Pope John Paul IIEventsBBCProducer / Director
Live coverage from Rome of the unprecedented funeral of the 265th successor to St Peter. Presented by Huw Edwards.
Coleen's Christmas at Alder HeyEventsITV1Producer
Camera. Coleen Rooney presents a behind-the-scenes look at Alder Hey - Europe's largest children's hospital as it prepares for Christmas.
Christmas Eve at SandringhamEventsBBCProducer / Director
At the invitation of The Queen, live coverage of Morning Worship from Sandringham Estate attended by The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
General Election 2010NewsBBCOB Director
Live multi-camera coverage over 4 weeks including pre-election debates; one of many OB directors working into BBC ONE's "Election 2010" on May 6th and post election programmes during the 'hung parliment' from the BBC's 'Bubble' Studio on College Green, Westminster.
BBC PROMS 2010MusicBBCDirector
Live coverage of Proms 24 and 75 from the Royal Albert Hall.
Songs of PraiseReligionBBCOB Director
Jazz special of this popular hymn singing programme from Bristol featuring Andy Williamson and the Big Buzzard Buzztet with Zoe Rahman on piano.
Lyme timeObservational DocumentaryBBCProducer / Director
series on the National Trust Lyme Park Estate, location of BBC's Pride & Prejudice.
Carols at ChristmasEventsITV1Producer / Director
A live candle-lit Christmas carol concert from CHASE Children's Hospice in Guildford where patrons Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfayden, Simon Cowell & Max Clifford celebrate the Christmas Story with the brave residents and staff
The Art of Gift WrappingLifestyleJM/NKNProducer / Director
Gift wrapping guru Jane Means gives comprehensive tips, presentation ideas and step by step techniques on how to wrap and present gifts professionally, quickly and at minimum expense.
Notting Hill CarnivalEventsBBCOB Director
Live coverage from the Radio ONE stage and from sites across W11, into BBC TWO and BBC THREE hosted by Trevor Nelson.
Mid-week National Lottery LiveEntertainmentBBCDirector
Live coverage of the mid-week edition of the Lottery.
BBC Proms in the Park 2009MusicBBCProducer / Director
Live multi-camera coverage from sunny Salford into the Last Night of the Proms with Chris de Burgh and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
History of ChristianityDocumentaryBBCDirector
- Camera. Rome sequences covering Catholicism and the Vatican for this landmark series.
That's Mitchell and WebbComedyBBCDirector
Live from the Dancehouse Theatre Manchester with comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
Desert Island Discs - a 60th birthday concertMusicBBCOB Director
Televised concert celebrating 60 years of this popular Radio4 programme. Live TX from the Royal Festival Hall.

Additional Information

Has completed the 5 day Hostile Environment & First Aid course for current on-going BBC projects in Afghanistan & Libya and the Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training (HUET).