TELEVISION & RADIO
Laura Berry has provided specialist archival research services to many different media companies since 2005. She has collaborated with the BBC, Wall to Wall, Chalkboard TV, Twenty Twenty Television, Renegade Pictures, Lion TV and Shine TV. She works alongside Producer Director James Higgins who has freelanced with ITV, Endemol, Princess Productions, TwoFour Productions and the BBC.
Laura works with Series Producers, Directors, APs and in-house researchers to help clients find the best archive material to support television and radio programmes with a historical theme. She is currently a lead genealogist for the BAFTA-winning Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1/Wall to Wall) and is experienced in tracking down elusive contributors, such as living relatives of deceased people. Laura was editor of Your Family History magazine from 2010 until 2013, during which time she built an extensive network of history specialists on whom she can rely to assist with subject-specific projects.
Laura Berry has appeared on-screen as an archive expert for Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1) with actors John Hurt and Charles Dance, EastEnders star Danny Dyer, TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton, comedian Paul Merton, actress Frances de la Tour, news presenter Sophie Raworth and 1960s icon Twiggy for the show's 100th episode, and also appeared in A House Through Time (BBC2), Find My Past (Yesterday), History Mysteries (BBC2) and BBC South East Today (BBC1). She has been interviewed live on BBC Breakfast (BBC1), The One Show (BBC1), The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2, and BBC West Midlands Radio. Laura worked on the Who Do You Think You Are? series in Ireland (RTÉ1) and presented her findings on-screen to news journalist Charlie Bird and politician Ivan Yates. She is available to provide commentary on the subjects of archive research, property history and genealogy.
Filmmaker and Producer Director James Higgins comes with a strong background in history and science and has worked across many genres in documentary and factual television. James has previously worked for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. His past credits include Restoration Home, See Hear, Wild Weather, Britain In A Day, Coast and Countryfile. Recently he has been working as Producer Director on ITV's Harbour Lives, presented by Ben Fogle.
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