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Paul Wilmshurst

Award-winning drama director

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Biography

Award-winning drama director with a background in documentary, Paul has a committed, intelligent and passionate approach to his work, which includes the last three seasons on the ground-breaking action-adventure series Strike Back for Left Bank Pictures and Sky/HBO/Cinemax, working in Cape Town and Budapest. He also directed two episodes of the David S. Goyer-scripted historical fantasy Da Vinci’s Demons for StarZ and BBC America.

Drawn to formal challenges, ambitious projects and difficult subjects, Paul wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed drama Forgiven for Channel 4, listed by The Times as one of the best 50 programmes of the decade. He also wrote, produced and directed the feature-length BBC drama-documentary Hiroshima, which won a BAFTA and an International Emmy.

Specialities: Intense performances. Visual flair. Working with international teams. Factual-based drama. Action set-pieces.

Paul has recently directed on series 8 of Doctor Who and is now directing the 2014 Christmas special. 

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Television
Director
Doctor Who 2014 Christmas Special 1 x 60'
2014
BBC Drama for BBC1
Producer Paul Frift
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jemma Coleman, Nick Frost & Patrick Troughton

 
Doctor Who series 8 2 x 47'
2014
BBC Drama for BBC1
Producer Peter Bennett
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Samuel Anderson, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Ellis George & Hermione Norris

Long-running series 

Strike Back 4, episodes 5 & 6 2013
Leftbank Pictures for Sky / Cinemax / HBO
Producer Chris Thompson, Michael Casey
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer John Simpson

 
Da Vinci's Demons, episodes 5 & 6 2012
Tonto Films for BBC America / Starz
Producer Lee Morris, Julie Gardner
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer David S Goyer, Joe Ahearne, Brian Nelson

 
Strike Back 3, episodes 3 & 4 2012
Left Bank Pictures for Sky / Cinemax / HBO
Producer Chris Clough, Michael Casey
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer James Dormer

 
Strike Back 2, episodes 7 & 8 2011
Left Bank Pictures for Sky / Cinemax / HBO
Producer Sue de Beauvoir, Michael Casey
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Simon Burke

 
Kudos for ITV
Producer Richard Stokes
Director Paul Wilmshurst

Long-running police procedural and legal drama series.

Silent Witness: Home 2009
BBC for BBC1
Producer Ruth Kenley Letts
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Michael Crompton

 
Trial & Retribution: Conviction 2008
LaPlante for ITV
Producer Jolyon Symonds
Director Paul Wilmshurst

 
Director and Producer
Combat Kids 2010
Lime Pictures for CBBC
Producer Paul Wilmshurst
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Robin Mukherjee

 
Writer, Director and Producer
Runaway 2009
CBBC for CBBC
Producer Paul Wilmshurst
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Paul Wilmshurst

 
Alive: Kidnapped and in the Killing Fields 2006
Darlow Smithson for Channel 4
Producer Paul Wilmshurst
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Paul Wilmshurst

 
Hiroshima 2005
BBC for BBC
Producer Paul Wilmshurst
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Paul Wilmshurst

Award-winning drama documentary exploring the after effects of the atomic bomb.

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Betty for Channel 4
Producer Paul Wilmshurst
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Paul Wilmshurst

Dramadoc exploring the psychology of high-functioning alcoholics in the workplace

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Writer and Director
Forgiven 2007
Betty for Channel 4
Producer Judy Counihan and Jules Hussey
Director Paul Wilmshurst
Writer Paul Wilmshurst

Award-winning factual drama exploring the fall out when a housewife discovers her husband has been abusing their eldest daughter.

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