About Me

I’m a RTS and BFDG nominated Production Designer with over 36 years experience. I started my career at BBC Wales in August 1988, having graduated from Newport Film School earlier that summer.

Between 1988 and 1992 I Art Directed solely in-house for the BBC on various Drama’s, Sit Coms and Children’s Shows. Credits include One Foot in the Grave, On the Up, Birds of a Feather, Bergerac and Ghostwatch as well as a brief stint as Art Dept Assistant on an episode of Minder In December 1990 for ITV.

From 1994 to 1998 I Art Directed for various indies including Chatsworth TV, Channel X, Hatrick and Talkback. Credits during this time include The Crystal Maze, Penn and Teller, Smith and Jones, Reeves and Mortimer, My Hero, Game On, Big Train and 4 Series of Fantasy Football. The last Art Directing role I took on was a 3 month block on Eastenders in Autumn 1998.

Having occasionally dipped my toes into Production Design whilst also being an Art Director In 1998 came C4’s The 11 O’Clock Show and I made the plunge proper as a Designer. I haven’t Art Directed since.

Work abroad, between 1996 and 2013 I Production Designed Atomic TV in Warsaw for MTV, Adam And Joe Go Tokyo for BBC Choice, I completed consultancy work for Diagio in Rio De Janeiro and Production Designed The National Science Awards in Beijing China for CCTV ( The Chinese State TV Channel )

I have a wide range of design skills aside from my extensive narrative work.

Light Ent, Between 2005 and 2016 I designed 5 Comic Relief Shows and 4 Sport Relief shows all for the BBC and between 2003 and 2010 I designed over 250 shows for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross also on the BBC. Children’s TV, the BAFTA Winning Sam and Mark Friday Wind Up as well as Trapped, Hot Rods and The Pod. Commercials for the Post Office, Kingsmill, Samsung, N-Power, Nationwide, plus Stand-Up Comedy DVD’s for Ealing Films, Avalon, Phil Macintyre and Bwark.

Work for Comedy Central and Dave Channel include Comedians Giving Lectures, Roast Battle, Stand Up Central, Judge Romesh and The Island..

Extensive scripted work, The Inbetweeners, Man Down, Marley’s Ghosts, Gettin’s. Big School, Mandy, The Kemps All Gold & Black Op’s pilot all for BBC Comedy. Film adaptions of the David Walliams books – The Boy In The Dress, Billionaire Boy and Ratburger for BBC/Sky and Sick Note, Ruby Robinson and The Moonstone also for the BBC/Sky.

Stath Let’s Flats and Jerk for C4/BBC3. This Time With Alan Partridge for BBC. Urban Myths WBKJ & Intelligence for Sky. Currently showing on Netflix, Jimmy Carr Live, After Life and Sick Note. Currently showing on HBO max – Stath Lets Flats and Horndog, the Rose Matefeo Special.

2022 saw a lot new work broadcast, The final season of After Life for Netflix, The Witchfinder for BBC 2, The Island for Dave, The New Comedy Awards for BBC, Deep Heat for ITV 2 and Newark Newark for UKTV (and currently on iplayer)
Broadcast in 2023 – The Larkins for ITV,1 The Chelsea Detective for Acorn TV, The Kemps All Gold for BBC 2 and Tish a RTS Winning Documentary Film about the life of Tish Murtha.

For Broadcast in 2024 – Mandy for BBC 2, Macdonald and Dodds 4 for ITV1.

I’m an occasional lecturer and mentor, I have lectured at BIMM in Brighton, USW Cardiff, UAL in Wimbledon, LIPA in Liverpool, Northbrook in Worthing and Barking College in East London where I am an Alumni. My aim to is to encourage students with actual real-life work experience and getting them excited about working within the Art Dept. I have in the past taken on graduates at junior level after seeing Degree Shows, several of those students over the years are now established within the industry themselves.

In 2023 I held my first exhibition with the backing of all the major UK broadcasters including Netflix about my career to date, The exhibition ran at Worthing Museum and received a lot of favourable press. The Museum managed to also attract a lot of new visitors, especially from Design students.

Richard Drew