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Big Top: Marcus Mortimer – co-producer

Amanda Holden as Lizzie in Big Top with David the dog

Along with his Big Bear Films partner John Stroud, Marcus Mortimer produced 51 episodes of the BBC One hit family comedy My Hero starring Ardal O'Hanlon and then James Dreyfus.

In drama, Marcus produced the Big Bear Films horror/fantasy series Strange for BBC One, which starred Ian Richardson, Richard Coyle and Samantha Janus.

More recently in factual entertainment he co-produced and directed the hour-long special The Hairy Bikers Come Home for BBC Two.

He directed ITV's flagship Christmas drama, The Flint Street Nativity, written by Tim Firth and starring Stephen Tompkinson, Neil Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Frank Skinner, John Thomson, Mark Addy, Dervla Kirwan and Julia Sawalha.

Until 1989, Marcus was a staff producer/director with the BBC where his credits included Carrot's Lib, Victoria Wood – As Seen On TV and The Rory Bremner Show.

In 1989 he produced and directed the series Alexei Sayle's Stuff which won an RTS Award, the Writers' Guild Award and an Emmy for Best Popular Arts Programme.

On leaving the BBC to work as a freelance, Marcus produced and directed the cult satire show The Mary Whitehouse Experience, followed by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall's If You See God Tell Him starring Richard Briers, Ade Edmonson and Imelda Staunton, which marked the beginning of Marcus's involvement in 50-minute comedy/drama.

He went on to direct Tim Firth's Preston Front, which was nominated for a BAFTA, won an RTS Award and won Best Comedy/Drama at the British Comedy Awards.

Marcus directed the first three episodes of Jonathan Creek, which won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series.

Other dramas he has directed include the highly acclaimed BBC Two satirical thriller In The Red, written by Malcolm Bradbury and starring Warren Clarke, Stephen Fry, John Bird, Richard Wilson, Richard Griffiths and Rik Mayall, and Bostock's Cup, a satirical drama for LWT about a third division club's road to Wembley, starring Neil Pearson, Nick Hancock and Tim Healy and written by Chris England.

Marcus has also directed commercials, as well as videos for Victoria Wood, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson, Bob Monkhouse, Ben Elton and Peter Kay.

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