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The life and times of a TV producer who thought he was an engineer


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The life and times of a TV producer who thought he was an engineer.

Date and Time

19 February 2013 - 19:00-21:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the London local network.

About this event

George Auckland will talk about his 41 year career at the BBC and how his life time passion for knowing how things work got him there. His efforts to present Maths, Science and Engineering on the Box was helped by the wonderful array of characters he has worked with, such as Johnny Ball, Professors Heinz Wolf, Eric Laithwaite and Ian Fells, as well as Carol Vorderman, Margaret Thatcher, the well known Chemist, Bill Coates from the Royal Institution, Raymond Blanc and of course Michael Faraday’s shadow. The talk will be illustrated with video clips, props and experiments.

About the speaker

George Auckland retired from the BBC in March 2010 as Head of Innovation – BBC Interactive Factual and Learning, having joined as a Trainee Assistant Film Editor in the Film Department in 1969. In the intervening 41 years, he was variously a Film Editor, TV Producer and Author before finally being in charge of staff doing any or all of these tasks and more besides.
He produced many TV programmes, often with high profile presenters, and won awards for these from the Royal Television Society, the British Association, and the Chemical Industries Association.
With the increasing importance of the World Wide Web, George immediately realised the huge potential of the medium and began producing the BBC Education Website. From modest beginnings this quickly mushroomed into a vast collection of websites many of them commissioned by George.
Like his television programmes, the websites have won numerous awards from among others, the Royal Television Society, the One World Broadcasting Trust, BETT, and the Education Show. George himself won a lifetime achievement award from the RTS in 2006.


Evening Lecture
19:00 for 19:30 lecture start


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