George Carey (filmmaker)

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George Carey (born 1943) is a British documentary filmmaker and television journalist.


Carey was educated at Downside School, a boarding independent school for boys in the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset in South West England, followed by the University of Oxford.[1]

Life and career[edit]

As a director/editor at BBC News, Carey is credited with the creation of the Newsnight current affairs programme in 1980,[2][3] before going on to become Editor of BBC1’s Panorama during the Falklands War.[4] In 1988, he left the BBC to co-found an independent production company with Jenny Barraclough.[5] In 1997, Barraclough Carey Productions was acquired by Mentorn Films, and Carey became Creative Director of the new entity, now known as Mentorn Media.[6] As well as producing a series of prize-winning documentaries (see below), he secured the contract to produce the BBC’s weekly political discussion programme Question Time, and originated Channel 4’s Unreported World strand.[7] In 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society.[8] In 2007, he returned to filmmaking himself, with a five part BBC series on Russia presented by Jonathan Dimbleby,[9] before shooting and directing several individual documentaries with producer Teresa Cherfas. These included Close Encounters in Siberia, A Long Weekend with the Son of God – both for Channel 4 – and Knocking on Heaven’s Door, The Spy Who Went into the Cold and Masterspy of Moscow: George Blake,[10] all for BBC Storyville.[11]

He served for four years as a board member for Conciliation Resources, an international non-governmental organization,[12] and for two years as Chairman of Trustees of the House of Illustration.


Documentary Singles[edit]

Documentary Series (General)[edit]

  • Russia - A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby
  • Century Road
  • Testing God (Best Religious programme)
  • Soul Searching
  • Redemption Song
  • Queen and Country
  • Do you Believe in Magic?
  • Visions of Heaven and Hell (Golden Spire, San Francisco)
  • The White House Tapes
  • The New Jerusalem
  • The Tunnel
  • Clintons: A Marriage of Power (Broadcast Award)
  • Rebellion
  • Scare Stories
  • The Crimean War
  • From Beirut to Bosnia
  • Planet Islam
  • The Poisoned Chalice
  • Mad Cows and Englishmen
  • Gunpower USA
  • Men in Battle

Documentary Series (Science)[edit]

  • The Plague (Royal Television Society Best Series)
  • Knife to the Heart
  • Cancer Wars
  • The Babymakers (BMI Best Medical Series)

BBC Documentary Singles[edit]

  • Marilyn: Say Goodbye to the President
  • M.I.A.: We'll Keep You Forever
  • The Trial of Klaus Barbie
  • The Search for the Missing Marcos Millions (Emmy Award)
  • Masterspy of Moscow – George Blake

BBC Documentary Series[edit]

  • An Ocean Apart
  • Families at War (RTS Award)
  • Comrades
  • Frontiers (ACE Award)


  1. ^ "The Educational Backgrounds of Leading Journalists - Page 20: NEWS EDITORS/PRODUCERS (18)" (PDF). The Sutton Trust. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ Carey, George (January 21, 2005). "Newsnight's difficult birth". BBC News.
  3. ^ "Gdansk strikes". BBC News. January 21, 2005.
  4. ^ | title=BBC TV's Panorama, Conflict Coverage and the 'Westminster Consensus' |
  5. ^ Jenny Barraclough,
  6. ^ Billen, Andrew (March 31, 2010). "True Stories: A Long Weekend with the Son of God; Cougar Town". The Sunday Times. London.
  7. ^ Channel 4,
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Jonathan Dimbleby: to Russia with love,
  10. ^ Birchenough, Tom (24 March 2015). "the Arts Desk".
  11. ^ Knocking on Heaven's Door,
  12. ^ Conciliation Resources,