ERIC HARWOOD 

Executive Producer/Managing Director 

Based in Charmouth, Dorset, Eric leads our South West office. 

 

Eric is a multi-award-winning TV executive producer with 35 years of network and international TV experience. Having recently exec produced BBC2’s Hospital and C4’s Married At First Sight, in 2021 he oversaw two BBC Arena films on artist Brian Catling and Dr Who composer Delia Derbyshire. Former Controller of Programmes and board member of Central TV PLC (ITV), he founded Planet Wild in Liverpool winning RTS Awards for  producing the first world-exclusive interview with Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, months after her death in 1997. He also produced the RTS-award-winning John Lennon Night in 2000 for Channel 4 with Yoko Ono, Bono and Lou Reed before his company was bought by Carlton ITV. 

In 2003 he exec produced Emmy-winning doc The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off which was sold to 77 countries and won 20 awards including an Emmy, best documentary at BAFTA and the Royal Television Society Awards. Eric then created the BBC walking brand presented by Julia Bradbury – overseeing 34x30’ episodes of Wainwright, Railway, Canal, Iceland, South Africa and Germany Walks for BBC2 and BBC4. More recently he was a Commissioning editor at Sky Arts and Sky1 and in 2016-17 oversaw two high-rating ITV peak-time series of Best Walks With A View. 

His career began at LWT on The Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald a £4 million ITV/HBO coproduction in 1985, followed by being a reporter-director on the BAFTA-award-winning C4 youth show Network Seven in 1987-88. His first production company Wild & Fresh Productions won the Royal TV Society Documentary series award and Golden Hugo for 1x90’ Summer On The Estate in 1992.

 

Eric was executive producer of Meet The Izzards – a BBC1 travelogue series with Eddie Izzard and oversaw BBC4’s most-watched single film: The Toilet An Unspoken History. In 2018 he oversaw Flying The Great Wall, 1x60’ for Discovery Asia, and in 2019 BBC4 transmitted our 1x90’ A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China, a Slow TV aerial special travelling the length of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China.