Born John Surgeon Macnish in Carlisle, England 25 September 1956. Educated Austin Friars School, Carlisle then Sheffield University, degree in Prehistory & Archaeology. Television producer who worked for the BBC before setting up his own company Circlevision Ltd  in 1991. Senior Lecturer & course leader in Television Production at the University of Central Lancashire since 2009.
After working as a lecturer at the BBC's Engineering Training Department John moved into mainstream TV production at the BBC studios at Pebble Mill in Birmingham. He was studio director on the live lunchtime light entertainment show 'Daytime Live' and also directed 'The Chelsea Flower Show', 'Top Gear' and 'Scene Today'. Between 1992 and 1994 John produced the award winning BBC series 'The Human Animal' written and presented by renowned zoologist Desmond Morris. In 1996 he produced 'Salmon Against the Tides' presented by Sir David Attenborough a co-production between the BBC & Discovery US. In 1991 John set up Circlevision Productions in partnership with his wife Jayne. The company went on to produce commercial productions and broadcast series including the notable BBC space science series "Final Frontier" & the observational documentary series following the Beagle 2 project to look for life on Mars led by Prof. Colin Pillinger. John Macnish's Production credits include: Series Producer Scrapheap Challenge Channel 4. Series producer 'Beagle 2-A Mission to Mars' BBC. Series Producer Personal Passions BBC. Producer Watercolour Challenge Channel 4. Producer Future Weapons - Discovery Channel. Antiques Road Trip - BBC. Series director Pawn Stars UK season 2 History Channel.
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