Chris Chapman (producer)

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Chris Chapman (Born June 15, 1981) is a television Producer-Director and Writer. Chapman is best known for his BAFTA-nominated BBC documentary 'Stammer School' as well as producing and directing 40 Doctor Who documentaries for the classic BBC DVD range and various different factual series for broadcast including CBBC's 'Our School'. He is the writer of the Doctor Who stories 'The Memory Bank', 'The Middle', 'Iron Bright' and 'UNIT: Hosts of the Wirrn' for Big Finish.[1][2] [3]

Granada Factual North[edit]

In 2005, whilst still studying at Newcastle University, Chapman was hired as a Junior Researcher at Granada Factual North. His first project was Channel 4's 'The 100 Greatest Family Films', followed by ITV1's 'The Best Ever Ads 2'. Promoted to Researcher, Chapman worked on Film4's launch show '50 Films to See Before You Die' and ITV1's 'Raiders of the Lost Archive'.

Dene Films[edit]

In 2007, with the closure of Granada's Newcastle base, Chapman took up the role of Assistant Producer with Dene Films. Here, his script work on short film 'The Conkerers' earned him a Royal Television Society Award. Chapman was promoted to Producer-Director in 2008, and directed various films for non-broadcast clients, including the RTS-award winning 'Meningitis Matters' for Newcastle University. Chapman was awarded 'Best Newcomer' by the RTS, and went on to write and produce the award-winning films 'Ghost Street', 'Help Yourself' and 'Edge of Empire: The Eagle's Eye' working alongside director, Steven Boyle. Chapman started pitching television ideas in 2009, and (working with producer, Claire Storey) this led to the commission of the CBBC film 'Stammer School' in 2010. Chapman directed the film, featuring Michael Palin, which went on to earn a Children's BAFTA nomination for Best Factual. He followed this with the award-winning 'The Last Cast' for BBC1 and 'I Am Ethan' for CBBC. Chapman won the RTS production craft award in 2013.[4] [5] [6]

Doctor Who[edit]

During his time at Dene Films, Chapman - a lifelong Doctor Who fan - started making documentaries for the classic Doctor Who DVD range. Between 2009 and 2014, 40 of Chapman's productions were released, including the Doctor Who Magazine readers poll-winning 'Looking for Peter', presented by Toby Hadoke - as well as the follow-up films 'Living with Levene' and 'Hadoke Vs HAVOC'. Along with Niel Bushnell, Chapman produced the animated reconstructions of 'The Ice Warriors' episodes 2 and 3 for their DVD release, and appears on the making-of documentary that accompanies them. In November 2013, Chapman produced many of the VT films seen in BBC3's 'Doctor Who: The Afterparty'.[7] [8]

In May 2018, it was announced that Chapman would be producing new documentary content for the BBC's Doctor Who blu-ray box set releases.


Chapman left Dene Films and turned freelance in Spring 2013. His first project was 'One Way Ticket' for CBBC, followed by mini-series 'The Duke & I' for ITV1. Chapman then worked as a producer-director for the 15-part CBBC series 'Our School', which he returned to for a second season in 2015, and then in the role of Series Director for its third run in 2016/17. He returned to the series in 2018 to produce a new mini-series of special 'catch up' episodes. Chapman's other work during this time included the BBC1 series 'Paul O'Grady: The Sally Army & Me', Sky Living's 'Who'd Be a Billionaire' and ITV1's 'What Would Be Your Miracle?' [9]

In July 2018, Chapman started a contract with the BBC's Natural History Unit.

Big Finish[edit]

In February 2016, Chapman was commissioned by Big Finish to write the Doctor Who story 'The Memory Bank' for their release 'The Memory Bank & Other Stories', starring Peter Davison and Mark Strickson. The story was recorded on Wednesday 27 April 2016, and was released in October 2016. [10]

In January 2017, Chapman was commissioned to write the 4-part Doctor Who story 'The Middle' starring Colin Baker's 6th Doctor with Miranda Raison as Constance and Lisa Greenwood as Flip, alongside guest stars Mark Heap and Sheila Reid. The story was recorded on the 1st and 5 June and was released in November 2017.[11]

In August 2017, Chapman was commissioned to write the 4-part Doctor Who story 'Iron Bright', starring Colin Baker, for release in June 2018. It was recorded on the 16 and 17 January 2018. [12]

In December 2017, Chapman was commissioned to write the 2-part UNIT story 'Hosts of the Wirrn' for the Revisitations box set, due to be released in November 2018 and starring Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver. The story was recorded on the 18 and 19 June 2018.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Chapman married Nottingham-born Julia Filsell on Saturday 22 March 2014 at Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton. The pair met in 2004, when Filsell became one of Chapman's film reviewers for Newcastle University magazine, Pulp. They live together in Bristol, where Filsell works as a digital content strategist.