Sue Murphy

head of factual entertainment

Sue Murphy joined ITV as Head of Factual Entertainment in 2016, from Optomen TV where she was Joint Managing Director and before that Creative Director.

Her OTV credits included Bafta-nominated Kevin McCloud’s Escape To The Wild, Employable Me for BBC2, The Miracle for ITV, Gordon Behind Bars, Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares, Undercover Doctor and Mary Portas Secret Shopper for Channel 4.

Prior to joining Optomen in 2012, Sue Murphy was Channel 4’s Head of Factual Entertainment and Features for 10 years and played a key role in commissioning and establishing important Channel 4 on-screen talent (including lots of new faces ) and many of C4’s longest running, iconic and award-winning programme brands including Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay’s F Word, Embarrassing Bodies, Heston’s Feasts, How to Look Good Naked, The Sex Education Show and Supersize vs Superskinny.  Her department was also responsible for My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series, Undercover Boss, and the influential Food Fight Seasons including individual programmes Hugh‘s Chicken Run, Ramsay’s Shark Bait, Cook-a-long Live and Hugh’s Fish Fight.  

Many of the shows were critically and commercially successful and garnered a host of awards including Baftas, International Emmys, Grierson, RTS Awards, Broadcast Awards and a Prix Italia.

Sue originally joined C4 in 1998 as Editor Entertainment before being promoted to Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, where she  was responsible for the Top Tens and 100 Greatest brands which are credited with starting the new nostalgia trend that dominated C4’s weekend schedules for years.  From 2002 Sue was Controller of Factual Entertainment at Channel 5 where she commissioned 5’s highest rating original programme Michael Jackson’s Face and many other popular documentaries.

Sue started her career at ITV/Granada as a Researcher working across news and This Morning, before going on to Series Produce and Exec various C4 youth ent shows including the notorious Girlie Show, Badass TV and Passengers.