Franc Roddam

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Franc Roddam
Franc Roddam 2014.jpg
Roddam in 2014
Born (1946-04-29) 29 April 1946 (age 75)
Alma materLondon Film School
  • film director
  • businessman
  • screenwriter
  • television producer
  • publisher
Years active1969–present
TelevisionAuf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–86, 2002–04)
MasterChef (1990–2001, 2005–present)
WebsiteZiji Publishing

Francis George "Franc" Roddam (born 29 April 1946) is an English film director, businessman, screenwriter, television producer and publisher, best known as the creator of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and the director of Quadrophenia (1979). He is a graduate of London Film School.


Roddam with an Arriflex film camera on the set of The Bride (1985)
Roddam on the set of Cleopatra (1999)

Roddam's films include Quadrophenia,[1] K2, Aria, The Lords of Discipline and War Party. He created the worldwide TV franchise, MasterChef,[2][3] which is shown in 200 countries worldwide and there are 47 locally produced versions.[citation needed]

He also produced formats for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Making Out, and Harry, all of which were highly successful TV dramas. He directed the award-winning TV drama Dummy, which won the prestigious Prix Italia Drama Prize. He directed the Grammy-nominated/Golden Globe nominated US mini-series Moby Dick and Cleopatra.[citation needed]

He won awards for his BBC documentaries, Mini and The Family. He is the founder and Chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose many titles include The Last Templar which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. He is a sponsor and former Governor of the London Film School and is an active member of the Greenworld Campaign."Green World, Meet the Team, BOARD OF DIRECTORS". 2020. Retrieved 2021-03-15.





Director on numerous accounts, including:

  • Shell
  • The Observer
  • Campbell Soups
  • BP
  • COI – Aids Campaign

In development[edit]

  • Waltzing Matilda — Producer/Director/Co-Writer
  • Let's Face It — Producer/Director/Co-Writer
  • IGGY — Format Creator/Co-Writer
  • Win-Win — Format Creator/Co-Producer
  • 2 in a Million — Format Creator/Producer


  1. ^ "Franc Roddam: from parkas to the perfect souffle". The Guardian. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  2. ^ "Endemol Shine lands multiple 'MasterChef' deals in Nordics". TBI Vision. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  3. ^ Dams, Tim (2020-03-02). "Endemol Shine Cooks Up 'MasterChef' Deals Across Asia". Variety. Retrieved 2020-06-29.

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