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Basil Comely

BBC Vision Studio Head for Arts


Last updated June 2008
Category: Factual & Arts TV
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Basil Comely is the BBC Vision Studio Head for Arts.

 

Basil started out his career as a print journalist before moving into television production.

 

He worked for a number of independent production companies on series including Channel 4's The Media Show and BBC Two's Moving Pictures.

 

Basil joined the BBC in 1992 and became series editor on the long-running heritage series One Foot In The Past with Kirsty Wark and he made Taboo with Joan Bakewell.

 

He then went on to executive produce Secret Lives Of The Artists, Britain's Best Buildings and war zone series Dan Cruickshank Under Fire.

 

He became editor of Omnibus in 2000, making award-winning films about Anthony Hopkins, Dame Alicia Markova, JK Rowling, Steve Martin, Robert Altman and Placido Domingo, among many others.

 

Prior to his current role, Basil was an Executive Editor for Arts.

 

Recent series in arts include How We Built Britain and Simon Schama's Power Of Art, Around The World In Eighty Treasures, Dan Cruickshank's Adventures In Architecture and Francesco's Mediterranean Voyages with Francesco da Mosto.



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