John Lynch, Head of Science, BBC London Factual


Last updated March 2008

John Lynch is the Head of Science for BBC London Factual.

John joined the BBC in 1976 as the researcher for James Burke's classic television series, Connections.

As a producer and director he made several television series and 14 films for Horizon, ranging from the eruption of Mount St Helens to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of buckminsterfullerene and the dinosaur-hunting expeditions in the Gobi Desert.

John also produced the story of Fermat's Last Theorem, which won a BAFTA.

In 1994 he was appointed Editor of Horizon, and saw it go on to win a BAFTA for best documentary series.

He also executive produced the BBC’s landmark science series The Planet, and the international hit Walking With Dinosaurs - netting another BAFTA and an Emmy in the process.

John was made head of the BBC Science Unit in 2000, responsible for all major BBC science documentary programmes, and oversaw the science push into factual dramatisations, such as Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World, Pompeii: The Last Day, and Supervolcano.

John was appointed Head of BBC Science & History in 2006 and following the creation of BBC London Factual in January 2008, his role is now dedicated to leading science.

He has also written the books Wild Weather, Walking With Cavemen and Earth: The Power Of The Planet, which accompanied their respective BBC television series.