Toby Haynes

Director for television and film
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Biography

Toby Haynes is a film and television director who has most recently directed and exec produced all seven parts of an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, for Cuba Pictures and BBC1. Prior to that he directed the opener of the BBC's reworking of The Musketeers.

Toby directed the audacious finale to Sherlock Series 2 The Reichenbach Fall, which was the third most watched tv programme of the decade and ignited a media frenzy around Sherlock’s apparent death plunge. In his review of the episode Andrew Billen of The Times wrote, "This detective story so transcended its genre, it should be considered alongside British TV drama’s highest achievements." 

Toby also opened the first series of the hit BBC 3 show Being Human, starring Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner and Leonora Crichlow; the series won the Broadcast Award for Best New Programme.

Further credits include Wallander Series 3 starring Kenneth Branagh, Five Days II for BBC1 starring Surrane Jones and David Morrissey and the series 5 finale of Doctor Who, followed by the one-off special A Christmas Carol starring Michael Gambon. Toby also opened Season 6 with The Impossible Astronaut and The Day of the Moon, which was co-produced with BBC America. The Series 5 finale The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).

Toby is a graduate of The National Film & Television School.


CV

Film

Director

Producer Tora Young
Starring
  • Christopher Cazenove
  • Phil Daniels
  • Alistair McGowan
  •  
    NFTS Graduation Film
     
     
    Sputnik Films
     

    TV

    Director & Executive Producer

    Creator Susanna Clarke
    Producer Nick Hirschkorn
    Starring
  • Ariyon Bakare
  • Bertie Carvel
  • Eddie Marsan
  •  
    Set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange.
    Cuba Pictures for BBC One
    In production
     

    Director

    Producer Colin Wratten
    Writer Adrian Hodges
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Luke Pasqualino
  • Howard Charles
  • Santiago Cabrera
  •  

    Inspired by the classic Dumas novel, the BBC adaptation sees Aramis, Porthos and Athos embarking on new adventures in a gritty portrayal of 17th Century France.

    BBC In house
     
    Creator Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat
    Producer Elaine Cameron
    Writer Stephen Thompson
    Starring
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
  •  
    Modern day retelling of the Authur Conan Doyle classic, following Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in 21st Century London.
    Hartswood Films for BBC
     
    Wallander
    1 x 90"
    Creator Henning Mankell
    Producer Sanne Wohlenberg
    Writer Peter Harness
    Starring
  • Kenneth Branagh
  •  
    Third series of the popular BBC series, based on the novels by Henning Mankell.
    Left Bank Pictures for BBC One
    In development
     
    Creator Stephen Moffat
    Writer Steven Moffat
    Starring
  • Matt Smith
  • Karen Gillan
  • Arthur Darvill
  • Alex Kingston
  •  
    Opening block of Steven Moffat and Matt Smith's second series of Doctor Who titled The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon.
    BBC Wales for BBC
     
    Doctor Who: Series 5, Episodes 12 & 13
    Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).
    2 x 45
    Writer Steven Moffat
    Starring
  • Arthur Darvill
  • Tony Curran
  • Karen Gillan
  • Alex Kingston
  •  
    The two part finale of Matt Smith's first series as Doctor Who, titled The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
    BBC Wales for BBC
     
    Producer Sanne Wohlenberg
    Writer Steven Moffat
    Starring
  • Leo Bill
  • Arthur Darvill
  • Michael Gambon
  • Karen Gillan
  •  

    A festive edition of the time-travelling adventure.

    BBC Wales for BBC
     
    Producer Caroline Skinner
    Writer Gwyneth Hughes
    Starring
  • Bernard Hill
  • Suranne Jones
  • David Morrissey
  •  
    Second series of Gywneth Hughes' police drama shown stripped across five nights of one week on BBC1
    In House BBC for BBC
     
    Producer Matt Bouch
    Writer Toby Whithouse
    Starring
  • Leonora Crichlow
  • Lauren Shcoley
  • Russell Tovey
  • Aidan Turner
  •  
    Toby opened the first series of BBC3's award winning supernatural drama
    Touchpaper Television for BBC
     
    Producer Patrick Schweitzer
    Starring
  • Liam Boyle
  • Andrew Knott
  • Ruta Gedmintas
  • Georgia Moffat
  •  
    Teen spin off drama from the hit BBC1 show Spooks
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC
     
    Holby Blue
    2 x 60'
    Producer Claire Phillips
    Writer Jeff Povey
    Starring
  • Jimmy Akingbola
  • Richard Harrington
  • Joe Jacobs
  • Cal Macaniach
  •  
    BBC police drama
    Red Planet Pictures for BBC
     
    MI High II
    5 x 30'
    Producer Kerry Appelyard
    Writer Keith Brampton & Nathan Cockerill
    Starring
  • Jane Cameron
  • Moustafa Chousein-Oglou
  • Danny John-Jules
  • Rachel Petladwala
  •  
    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for CBBC
     
    Hollyoaks
    5 x 30'
    Writer Phil Redmond
    Starring
  • Devon Anderson
  • Andree Bernard
  • Jennifer Bidall
  • Hollie-Jay Bowes
  •  
    Lime Pictures for Channel 4
     
    MI High
    5 x 30'
    Producer Kerry Appelyard
    Writer Keith Brumpton
    Starring
  • Jane Cameron
  • Moustafa Chousein-Oglou
  • Danny John-Jules
  • Rachel Petladwala
  •  
    Kudos Film and Television for CBBC
     
    Producer Gillian McNeil
    Starring
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Amelia Bullmore
  • Olivia Coleman
  • Eddie Marsan
  •  
    Ideal World Productions for Channel 4