Archie Powell

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Archie Powell is an RTS-nominated documentary film-maker specializing in Arts, History and Specialist Factual programmes.  Working with the some of the documentary industry’s best DOPs, editors and composers, Archie has directed everything from multi-camera performances, drama shorts, self-shooting access docs, to drama recon films. 

Experienced in closely scripted documentary making, Archie is particularly strong in visual storytelling, use of music and working with actors. He has made films for BBC, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4 and Sky, all from pre-production to delivery, and has produced and directed work for PBS and Reelz in the US.

A creative and sympathetic collaborator with some of the country’s most prestigious and demanding talent and contributors, he has made several episodes of the BAFTA Award winning series, Who Do You Think You Are? as well as over 20 South Bank Show films.  His 2013 documentary on Grime, Bow and UK Hip-Hop was the first ever Sky Arts South Bank documentary to be nominated for an RTS Award

During nearly 20 years of directing, Archie has been held up by armed police in a Rio Favela, been locked in a strong room with Alan Bennett, got lost in East Berlin with Nick Cave and swam in a thermal lake with Bjork – mostly with the consent of the artists.

Some of Archie’s films:

Autopsy: The Last Days of Gram Parsons + Barry White - ITV Studios/Potato for C5. 2 x 60’, Aug-Dec 2017

Who Do You Think You Are? Lisa Hammond (Wall to Wall for BBC1)

1 x 60’, June 2017


The South Bank Show: Sally Wainwright - Directors Cut Productions for Sky Arts

1 x60’, Jan 2017

Africa: The Great Civilizations – EP.2: The Crescent And The Cross - Nutopia for PBS

1 X 60’, (as Edit Producer) Sept 2016

Hamlet and Cumberbatch: A South Bank Show Special - Directors Cut for Sky Arts

1 x 60’, June 2016


The South Bank Show: Paul Greengrass - Directors Cut for Sky Arts

1 x 60 mins, May ’15

Who Do You think You Are? Frances De La Tour - Wall To Wall For BBC1

1 x 60’, Jan ’15

Who Do You Think You Are? Twiggy - Wall To Wall for BBC1

1 X 60’, August 2014

Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter - Betty TV for BBC2

3 x 60’. August 2014 - Series Director and director of ep.1


Who Do You Think You Are? Nigel Havers - Wall to Wall for BBC1

1 x 60, July 2013

Mel Smith: ‘I’ve Sort of Done Things’ - BBC Entertainment for BBC2

1 x 60’, Dec 2013.

Grime, Bow and how UK Hip-hop Found Its Voice - Directors Cut for Sky Arts

1 x 60’, May 2013.  Nominated For Best Art Programme, RTS Awards 2013

Melvyn Bragg On Class And Culture - Directors Cut Productions for BBC2, 2012

3x60’ x 60 mins, Feb ’12 - Series Producer and director of Ep. 1

Being Alan Bennett - BBC Entertainment for BBC2

1 x 60’, December 2005.

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