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Alan became freelance after working for the BBC for 22 years. He joined the BBC in 1980 and worked on every type of programme from live music to dramas, to outside broadcasts and sitcoms. He has been involved with single camera operations throughout his career joining the film unit at BBC Birmingham after traveling around the world in 1987.
In 1993 Alan was promoted to Lighting Cameraman and continued to travel for work covering elections in Pakistan and India for the BBC’s multi cultural unit, the break up of the Soviet Union and its effects on the Central Asian Republics, and fashion with The Clothes Show specials from Trinidad, Hong Kong, Ghana, Barbados and China.
In 1995 Alan received a certificate of merit from The Guild of Television Cameramen for Madhur Jaffrey’s Flavours of India. Alan worked on other cooking programmes with Ainsley Harriot’s BBQ Bible, Sophie Grigson’s Feast for a Fiver, and traveled from St Johns in Newfoundland through the USA to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego for Ainsley’s Big Cook Out.
For many years, Alan has filmed with presenter Ray Mears. On World of Survival they looked at indigenous people and how they live in Siberia, India, Tanzania, and the rain forests of Venezuela and Indonesia.
With “Extreme Survival” Alan helped create dramatic reconstructions of survival situations in the Sahara, Costa Rica, Thailand, Alaska and Australia. The programme filmed in Namibia was submitted for an Emmy award in America for best cinematography for a single documentary.
Alan worked on the pilot programme for Correspondent, the BBC”s foreign affairs programme in the late '90's. He filmed with World Affairs Editor John Simpson in Bosnia, and Syria,in Pakistan with Jim Muir, and in America. The Absolute Truth was a documentary looking at the thirty years of the Roman Catholic church since the "Second Vatican Council", filming in the Vatican, Africa and the USA with presenter Ed Stourton.
In May 2002 Alan left the BBC to start his own company “Q Camera Ltd”. He continued to work for the BBC with a documentary series on country music, The Lost Highway, two series of The Bachelor, programmes like SAS - Are you tough enough? in the Indonesian rain forest and the Namibian desert and Hunting Chris Ryan in Botswana, Honduras and Russia. Alan has also worked for Channel Four on a documentary, World of Difference, in Cambodia, and for independent production companies ‘North One Television, Catalyst, and ‘Maverick.
Alan’s association with Ray Mears continued with a film on Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” for “The Big Read”, and on his Bushcraft series revisiting the Hadza tribe in Tanzania, and filming for “Aboriginal Britain” for which Alan was given his second Certificate of Merit by The Guild of Television Cameramen. It was during this series filming in Wyoming that Alan sustained injuries in a helicopter crash.
Since recovering from that episode, Alan has returned to work with Ray Mears in Australia on his Walkabout series, filmed for Countryfile, The Gadget Show, Gardeners World, Fifth Gear, and a Channel Four documentary Watch Your Mouth. In 2009 Alan filmed in New Zealand with Stephen Fry on Last Chance To See, and again with Ray Mears in Canada for his series Northern Wilderness.
Unfortunately the injuries Alan received during the helicopter accident resulted in Alan's retirement from television but he sits on the GTC council as education officer and organises the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards, a film competition, for undergraduates.