Nigel Farrell

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Nigel George Farrell, born on 22 January 1953 in London, died 24 September 2011,[1] was a television documentary film-maker who was a pioneer in what has been termed 'docu-soaps'. Educated at Christ's Hospital School in Sussex he was the son of a doctor. He initially followed his father into medicine, but soon stopped and entered the world of television via a stint on a local newspaper in The New Forest area. He worked on programmes such as South Today and Breakfast Time, and on BBC Radio 4 he appeared on Ned Sherrin’s Saturday evening show Loose Ends.

However he will primarily be remembered for a 50-programme Radio 4 series called The Village (which went on to become a television series); three series of 'Country House' set at Woburn Abbey, 'An Island Parish', which evolved from 'A Country Parish', launched in 2001 on BBC Two and a series on Channel 4 called 'A Place In France'.

Farrell died from pancreatic cancer [2] and is survived by his partner, Sally Ann Fitt. He also had three children, Thomas, Alexandra and Georgina, from his marriage to Mo, which ended in divorce after 25 years.[3]


  1. ^ "Nigel Farrell". London: Telegraph. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ Nigel Farrell (2011-01-15). "'I hope you don't mind me saying,' said my cameraman. 'But your eyes have turned yellow...' | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ Anthony Hayward (2011-11-23). "Nigel Farrell obituary | Television & radio". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-12.