Toby Haynes

Director for television and film

Theatre, Film & TV
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Biography

Toby Haynes is a film and television director. In 2014 he 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.

In 2011, 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." 

In 2009 Toby 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 2011 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).

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


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Television
Director
Doctor Who: Series 6, Episode 1 & 2 2 x 45
Oct 2010
BBC Wales for BBC
Creator Stephen Moffat
Director Toby Haynes
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.

Cuba Pictures for BBC One
In production
Creator Susanna Clarke
Producer Nick Hirschkorn
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Peter Harness

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.

The Musketeers Jan 2014
BBC In house
Producer Colin Wratten
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Adrian Hodges
Starring Peter Capaldi, Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, Santiago Cabrera & Alexandra Dowling

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.

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Sherlock: Series 2 1 x 90"
Jun 2011
Hartswood Films for BBC
Creator Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat
Producer Elaine Cameron
Director Toby Haynes
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.

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Wallander 1 x 90"
Oct 2011
Left Bank Pictures for BBC One
In development
Creator Henning Mankell
Producer Sanne Wohlenberg
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Peter Harness
Starring Kenneth Branagh

Third series of the popular BBC series, based on the novels by Henning Mankell.

BBC Wales for BBC
Producer Sanne Wohlenberg
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Steven Moffat
Starring Leo Bill, Arthur Darvill, Michael Gambon, Karen Gillan & Matt Smith

A festive edition of the time-travelling adventure.

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BBC Wales for BBC
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Steven Moffat
Starring Arthur Darvill, Tony Curran, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston & Matt Smith

The two part finale of Matt Smith's first series as Doctor Who, titled The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang

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Five Days II 3 x 60'
2009
In House BBC for BBC
Producer Caroline Skinner
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Gwyneth Hughes
Starring Steve Evets, Bernard Hill, Suranne Jones, David Morrissey & Anne Reid

Second series of Gywneth Hughes' police drama shown stripped across five nights of one week on BBC1

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Being Human 2 x 60'
2008
Touchpaper Television for BBC
Producer Matt Bouch
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Toby Whithouse
Starring Leonora Crichlow, Lauren Shcoley, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner & Jason Watkins

Toby opened the first series of BBC3's award winning supernatural drama

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Spooks - Code 9 2 x 60'
2008
Kudos Film and Television for BBC
Producer Patrick Schweitzer
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Jack Lothian
Starring Liam Boyle, Andrew Knott, Ruta Gedmintas, Georgia Moffat & Heshima Thompson

Teen spin off drama from the hit BBC1 show Spooks

Holby Blue 2 x 60'
2007
Red Planet Pictures for BBC
Producer Claire Phillips
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Jeff Povey
Starring Jimmy Akingbola, Richard Harrington, Joe Jacobs, Cal Macaniach & David Sterne

BBC police drama

MI High II 5 x 30'
2007
Kudos Film and Television Ltd for CBBC
Producer Kerry Appelyard
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Keith Brampton & Nathan Cockerill
Starring Jane Cameron, Moustafa Chousein-Oglou, Danny John-Jules, Rachel Petladwala & Bel Powley

 
Hollyoaks 5 x 30'
2006
Lime Pictures for Channel 4
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Phil Redmond
Starring Devon Anderson, Andree Bernard, Jennifer Bidall, Hollie-Jay Bowes & Zoe Lister

 
MI High 5 x 30'
2005
Kudos Film and Television for CBBC
Producer Kerry Appelyard
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Keith Brumpton
Starring Jane Cameron, Moustafa Chousein-Oglou, Danny John-Jules, Rachel Petladwala & Bel Powley

 
The Baader -Meinhof Gang Show 1 x 24'
2004
Ideal World Productions for Channel 4
Producer Gillian McNeil
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Ben Teasdale
Starring Ewen Bremner, Amelia Bullmore, Olivia Coleman & Eddie Marsan

 
Film
Director
Looking for Al Bowlly Short
2004
Sputnik Films
Director Toby Haynes

 
Lost and Found Short
2004
NFTS Graduation Film
Producer Tora Young
Director Toby Haynes
Writer Jess Williams
Starring Christopher Cazenove, Phil Daniels & Alistair McGowan