Matthew Barrett

Matthew is a multi-award winning executive producer who is one of the leading pioneers of applying narrative techniques to serious factual subjects. He specialises in history and science programming. He joined Caravan in August 2016 as an executive producer after eight years as creative director of another indie and twenty years at the BBC. At the BBC, he was editor of the science series, Horizon, and an executive producer in the Science and History departments.

Matthew has particular expertise in international co-productions and has worked on projects with the likes of Discovery, Animal Planet, i.D., American Heroes Channel, ZDF, ARD, France Television and PBS as well as the with BBC and Channel 4. Over the years, he has made everything from multi-million dollar drama-documentaries to films costing just a few thousand pounds. He has covered subjects ranging from the links between ivory poaching and terrorism to evolutionary biology, from the Mafia to Attila The Hun.

His film about 9/11, Why the Towers Fell, a co-production with WGBH Boston’s Nova, won the Emmy for Best Documentary. He was executive producer of Hiroshima for the BBC, which won an International Emmy, and at Horizon, he won the BAFTA for best factual series.

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