British Television Producer, Director & Writer
Matthew Robinson's TV career spans three decades. To date, he has produced, directed or written over 1,500 episodes of TV drama and many documentaries.
2006 – present : executive producer and owner of KMF (Khmer Mekong Films), a film & TV production company based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2003 – 2006: executive producer and creator of Taste of Life, a 100-episode film series for Cambodia’s most popular channel, TV5, plus state channel TVK. The series, made by BBC World Service Trust, carries health messages (particularly HIV/AIDS and Mother & Child Health) within its entertaining format. Audience figures indicate it was watched regularly by over 50% of the population.
2000-2003: Head of Drama for BBC Wales. The department's output rapidly expanded after his arrival. He created two new half-hour precinct drama seriesThe Bench (set in a Welsh courtroom - which on its first series achieved record audiences and critical acclaim) and First Degree, a radically challenging show about media students. He produced the major TV adaptation ofHearts of Gold, first of a cycle of popular novels by Welsh writer, Catrin Collier, transmitted at peak time on BBC1 with high audience figures and to excellent critical reviews. A BBC Wales production,Care, won the BAFTA for Best Single TV Drama in 2001 and a total of 15 other UK and International awards.
1998 – 2000: executive producer of BBC1's top-rated show,EastEnders. Under his two-year tenure, the programme was radically transformed (particularly cast and storylines), the quality of writing and acting attracting considerable critical acclaim. For his work on EastEnders, he won the prestigious BAFTA for Best Soap in two consecutive years, 1999 and 2000. It also received many other awards including the viewer-voted Best Drama Series for TV Quick plus scooping 9 of 13 available awards for TV Hits.
1989 – 1997: as executive producer/producer/director, he founded the controversial issue-led youth drama, Byker Grove, for BBC TV. Byker Grove finished its run in 2006 after 18 series - by the end of which 400 episodes had attracted teenage audiences of up to 6.5 million.
1988: co-director of acclaimed BBC 2 series, Shadow of the Noose, starring Jonathan Hyde as Edward Marshall Hall, the legendary Edwardian barrister.
1986: wrote over 40 episodes of Central Television'sCrossroads. He also wrote two theatre plays, both about television, Did Anybody Else Think TK9 Was Brilliant? and S.U.D.S., staged twice on the London fringe.
1984 - 1985: invited to be "lead director" on BBC TV's new flagship series, EastEnders. For several months prior to transmission, he worked alongside the show's creator, Julia Smith, helping establish the style and pace of the show. He also cast many of the show's most successful characters.
1973 – 1984: drama director / producer for BBC TV and ITV. The first drama series produced wasTropic based on Leslie Thomas's novel,Tropic of Ruislip, for ITV. Work as a TV drama director included plays, series and serials by writers including Fay Weldon, Alan Garner, Peter Terson and Willie Russell, Beryl Bainbridge and Ian Curtis.
1966 – 1973: first TV job was as researcher in ATV consumer affairs programmes. He then joined the BBC as a film director in Current Affairs, working on programmes such as The Money Programme, 24 Hours andNationwide. As well as travelling throughout Britain, he also shot films in Europe, USA, Africa, India and Japan during his four years with the department.
King’s College, Cambridge – M.A. Economics