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Ken Kirby

Course Leader, MA Documentary Film
London College of Communication
Ken  Kirby


Ken Kirby is Course Leader for MA Documentary Film at London College of Communication.

Ken's extensive broadcast documentary film experience spans 35 years. Starting off as a producer in BBC Documentaries, Ken moved to the independent sector as an executive/series producer, director, and cameraman. He has filmed all of his own network documentaries for the last 15 years.

Ken has produced major documentaries for national networks including the BBC, Channel Four and ITV. His work spans long-form observational and factual entertainment programming including current affairs documentaries such as Panorama and Dispatches, history drama-documentaries for strands such as BBC Timewatch and Jeremy Isaacs' Cold War series.

His half-observational, half-historical drama BBC One 60-minute special documentary, filmed over a year with Dame Doreen Lawrence, was transmitted on the night of the trial verdict for the murder of her son Stephen. The film was shortlisted for a BAFTA and nominated for Prix Europa and FPA awards.

Specialising in self-shooting observational documentaries, Ken is also a regular trainer of broadcast professionals on courses for the BBC, National Film and Television School (NFTS), Documentary Film Group, DV Talent, Met Film School and several British universities.

He continues to produce and shoot programmes for network and his latest documentary for Channel Four, 'The Billion Pound Flower Market' was broadcast in 2016. Prior to this, Ken's BBC prime time observational documentary, 'Don't Cap My Benefits', followed people impacted by the introduction of the benefit cap in Brent. It was well received, obtained over four million viewers and was nominated for a Grierson Award.

Before becoming Course Leader of MA Documentary Film at LCC, Ken was a part-time lecturer at Bournemouth University where he taught on the BA and MA Film & TV and BA Broadcast Journalism courses.

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