Russell is a director, producer and writer - Grierson Award-shortlisted in 2017 and nominated in 2011. He makes documentary, drama-documentary, tv drama and feature films, commercials and multi-platform content.
He makes prime-time content for BBC1, ITV1, BBC2, Channel 4, and Five in the UK. PBS, Smithsonian and the Syfy Channel in the USA.
Recent work includes 'Who Do You Think You Are?’ with the Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, 'The Truth About Carbs' with Alexander Van Tulleken and 'The Truth About Sleep' with Michael Moseley - all for BBC 1 ('Sleep' was the highest-rated science programme on the BBC in the last 17 years). He also directed the three-part 'Six Wives with Lucy Worsley' which was shortlisted for the 2017 Grierson documentary awards. 'Six Wives' combined drama and documentary, as Lucy Worsley time travelled back to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry's VIII six wives.
Russell’s high profile and critically-acclaimed documentaries include 'Secret History of Our Streets', 'Bletchley Park: Codebreaking's Forgotten Genius', and Ben Macintyre's first television documentary 'Operation Mincemeat'. This film was nominated for the Grierson & Broadcast Awards and is still regularly repeated on BBC2.