Guy Davies

commissioning editor, factual
Channel 5

Guy Davies is Commissioning Editor, Factual at Channel 5, commissioning factual programming across the channel. Prior to this he was Head of Documentaries at ITN Productions.

He was Senior Executive Producer at Wall to Wall from 2007-2009 and was a freelance Executive Producer for three years working for a range of companies including Blast! Films, Darlow Smithson, Firecracker and Wall to Wall, working for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery.

His most recent production credits include Executive Producer on the first series of 999: What’s Your Emergency for Channel 4, The Tube for BBC Two, I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Discovery/Animal Planet) and Ohio Slave Girls (I.D).

From 1997-2007 he was Producer/Director, Series Producer and then Executive Producer at Hart Ryan Productions. After 10 successful years the company became part of Ten Alps in 2005.

Among awards he has received have been the BAFTA for Best Factual Series and The Grierson Award, for The Trust (Channel 4, 2003), the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film (Gas Attack, Channel4), Broadcast and Indie Awards, and 3 Emmy nominations for the HBO/Channel 4 feature length documentary The Battle for Marjah (Wall to Wall, 2010).

At Channel 5 he has commissioned a diverse slate of peak time factual programming, including Rich House Poor House, Slum Britain: 50 Years On, The National Trust, The Great British Benefits Handout, Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16, The Freddie Mercury Story and Going Underground: The Tube.

Future commissions include Michael Portillo’s Secret History Of Britain, Paddington Station, Inside the Sex Business and Yorkshire Housing (w/t) and the Channel’s Modern Britain documentary strand.

Throughout his career, Guy has executive produced, directed and commissioned many true crime programmes.

Notable recent examples include The Accused, Gangland, Sarah Payne: A Mother’s Story and April Jones: Five Years On