Directors Cut Productions is an independent television production company based in central London. We specialise in producing distinctive and entertaining Arts and History documentaries of the very highest quality for mainstream broadcasters. Our programmes include the multi award-winning South Bank Show for Sky Arts.

who we are

Melvyn Bragg


Melvyn’s broadcasting career began at the BBC in 1961 and soon afterwards he published his first novel. He worked on the arts programme Monitor and in 1977 started LWT’s The South Bank Show.  The programme was de-commissioned in 2010, when Bragg took the format across to Sky Arts.  Melvyn has expanded his range, marshaling discussion shows on BBC Radio 4 (In Our Time).  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society and of The British Academy and a member of the House of Lords.

Cathy Haslam

Managing Director
Head of Production

Cathy started her career in documentaries working on titles such as Modern Times, Equinox, Cutting Edge, Dispatches, QED, Short Stories, The Moving Picture Show, History of Archaeology and Storyville. She went to ITV in 2000 to oversee The South Bank Show and was soon appointed Head of Production for Specialist Factual and Arts. In 2010 she and Melvyn left ITV and set up Directors Cut Productions. She is responsible for all production output and for the operational running of the company.

Lesley Caton

Office Manager
PA to Melvyn Bragg

Lesley has worked in television for over 30 years.  She started her career as a Secretary at the BBC and after several PA roles in various independent production companies, she joined Darlow Smithson Productions in 2004 as their Office Manager.  In 2012, a friend whispered in her ear that Melvyn Bragg was looking for a new PA/Office Manager and the rest is history!  Lesley works with Melvyn and is responsible for running the office so it’s a safe and happy place to work, and deals with all our HR and recruitment needs.

David Ross

Head of Archive

David started his career within the BBC archive, before moving into production and working freelance for a variety of companies, on documentary programmes covering many different genres. He has been with Directors Cut Productions since 2013 and is responsible for archive research and rights clearances across all our productions.

Liam Nolan

Production Manager

Liam started his career in television in 2009, after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Television Production from the University of Westminster.  He has worked across a variety of genres and formats including live studio, reality, entertainment, factual and events gaining lots of experience along the way.  Liam joined Directors Cut Productions in 2012 and works across all our productions, setting up shoots and overseeing all aspects, from pre-production to delivery.

Anna Pledger

Production Co-ordinator

Anna started her career in television in 2017, after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Television Production from Bournemouth University.  She joined Directors Cut Productions soon after, to work on The South Bank Sky Arts Awards as our Production Runner.  She now works across all of our productions organising shoots and assisting the team throughout all stages, from pre-production to post-production.  Anna is a passionate vegan and makes a mean cup of tea!

We specialise in producing distinctive and entertaining Arts and History documentaries


"It's like holding a royal flush. The South Bank Show continues to profile the best artists of the day; The South Bank Show Originals will remodel new programmes from old" Melvyn Bragg, Broadcast, 2014


Directors Cut Productions Ltd.
Shelana House
31-32 Eastcastle Street

Phone: 020 3475 5571
Fax: 020 3475 5572


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