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CLIVE DUNN

is an award-winning film-maker based in Norfolk. He is also a digital media producer - fully experienced in creative visual communication, photography, teaching media practice and retail bookselling.

He is the co-founder of Topographex, the web resource dedicated to exploring the hidden history and archaeological heritage of lost English landscapes. He began a lifelong interest in maps and topography in the 1960s when he trained as a Cartographic Draughtsman with the Ordnance Survey. After a period of living in Cornwall, where he immersed himself in myths and megaliths, he became a BBC trainee and worked on the 1970’s BBC Landscapes of England series, written and presented by Prof. W.G. Hoskins, which furthered his passion for studying the English countryside.

For the last 25 years Dunn has been a freelance TV programme producer. He has written, produced and directed documentaries for all the major network channels, tackling a wide range of subjects and styles from popular factual to history, wildlife and archive based programmes. It was his biographical films that brought him to the attention of broadcasters, including
A Pleasant Terror: The Life and Ghosts of M.R.James (1995); Bare Heaven: The Life and Fiction of L.P.Hartley (1991); A Swell of The Soil: The Life of Alfred Munnings (1990); Light Out of The Sky: The Art and Life of Edward Seago (1989).

In 1999 Dunn started three years of making wildlife and natural history films for Discovery, National Geographic and ITV Factual. Titles include the award-winning Legends of The Gobi (2001) and Mission Wild (1999) a 10-part series on worldwide animal conservation.A great number of Clive Dunn’s productions have been for BBC4 and BBC2 including The Island: a search for the secret history of Orford Ness (2003); Restoration Nation (2004); Secret Nelson (2005).

He became particularly skillful at producing archive-based documentaries when he was chosen to make films for Nation on Film (2005) the hugely successful BBC2 archive series. He has also produced and directed archive-based films for The Way We Were (2006). Also in 2006 he returned to historical investigations and produced the hard-hitting Clouds Of Secrecy concerning the chemical warfare testing carried out in East Anglia in 1963.

He also regularly produces items for BBC1’s Inside Out where his speciality is history/mystery with dramatised re-enactment and archive - films that unearth hidden snapshots of heritage that have a contemporary resonance; stories that either re-examine and revise events, or tug at the heartstrings and tell a few secrets. More recently Clive Dunn has produced and directed Country Lives (2007/8) for ITV and has made films for BBC English Regions with titles including Picture of Britain (2005); Seven Man Made Wonders (2005); Saving Planet Earth (2006); Made In England (2008); Beeching’s Tracks (2009); A History of The World In a Hundred Objects (2010).

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