Tom McDonald joined BBC Studios in 2020 as Director of Factual and oversees the Natural History Unit, The Science Unit, The Documentary Unit and Factual Salford.

Previously he was Head of Commissioning Natural History & Specialist Factual for BBC Content. During his 7 years there, his commissions included Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Seven Worlds, The Planets, A House Through Time, The Yorkshire Ripper Files, Muslims Like Us, Amazing Hotels, Inside The Factory, Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, Drowning In Plastic, Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty, House of Assad & factual drama The Windermere Children.

Before then, Tom was a series producer & executive producer on some of the UK’s best known series including Who Do You Think You Are?, 24 Hours in A&E, The Apprentice & Young Apprentice; as well as the BAFTA nominated social experiment The Young Ones.