Stuart Brown


“This was journalism playing detective… a well-earned research credit goes to Stuart Brown!” – The Daily Mail


Versatile documentary researcher, production manager, and prize-winning producer with many years experience in factual programming. Over 33 broadcast and cinema credits. Eight broadcast commissions from self-originated proposals.


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>> Click here to read about Stuart’s 1997 documentary Highlanders Too


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Production Credits




  Production Co-ordinator



National Geographic TV




  Production Manager

  & Researcher



For cinema release and Italian TV



Feature-length documentary

“Le Pere di Adamo”



  Series Researcher



Channel Four



5 programmes in the health remedy series Rescue Remedies


  Image Researcher

Cinema release in 2009

Animated feature “L’Illuisionist” by the director of the Oscar-nominated “Belleville Rendezvous”




BBC Scotland


“The Centenary Trial”




BBC Scotland

Artworks Scotland



Channel Four





Heritage Lottery/

Scottish Enterprise



1-hour documentary “The 700th”


ITV (STV/Grampian)

Bravo channel

Artery **

segments later used in Game Pad 4


  Assistant Producer

BBC Scotland

Artworks Scotland *


  Assistant Producer

BBC Scotland

Ex:S **






BBC Online


Edinburgh Festival pages



Channel Four

Hidden Love



Channel Four

A Very British Murder



BBC Online

Edinburgh Festival pages



Channel Four

Beg To Differ


  Production Assistant





“Festival d’Edimbourg”







Channel 4 News insert



Channel Four

Short film “HighlandersToo” **



BBC Radio 5 Live

“A Degree of Desperation”

  Broadcast Journalist


BBC Scotland


14 programmes in BBC Scotland’s flagship current affairs series

Frontline Scotland ***














    *          Indicates a programme commissioned from a proposal that Stuart developed and authored.

  **          Indicates a programme commissioned from a proposal that Stuart originated, developed and authored.

***          4 Frontline Scotland programmes were commissioned from ideas that Stuart originated or co-originated.














Full Curriculum Vitae

 @ Oct 2008x





Broadcast Employment




Broadcast Journalist

Frontline Scotland, BBC 1, 1995/6:


In 1996, Frontline Scotland commanded a higher audience share than any other current affairs series in the UK. Many of its programmes earned a network repeat, or were repackaged for network news or Newsnight. Over a period of a year Stuart worked on fourteen different programmes in this series. Four of these originated from ideas proposed or co-proposed by him. During all, his duties were to research the subjects, find contributors, search for archive, and to assist in production.



“Lethal Cargo”, TX 5/10/95, network TX 29/11/95


After the second world war the British government secretly dumped a million tons of ammunition in a deepwater trench just a few miles off the west coast of Scotland. Decades later, poisonous and highly inflammable incendiaries are washing up on Ayrshire beaches. Further offshore, Nazi nerve gas and other chemical weapons lie entombed on the seabed.


Stuart helped trace the men who were involved in these secret operations and discovered that not all the munitions were dumped where they should have been. Lethal Cargo caused a media storm that ran for months. There were questions in Parliament and the DoE was eventually forced to commission a huge underwater survey of the seabed between Scotland and Ireland. Its results confirmed our findings. Scottish MPs have called for further surveys and a massive clean up operation.



“Troubled Fields”, TX 19/10/95


Blackford Estate in Perthshire is owned by the richest man in the world. So why, ask many, is it being left to rack and ruin?



“Keep Taking the Pills”, TX 2/11/95


Steroid treatments save lives, but unwanted side affects can be crippling. Some patients are not warned of the dangers.



“Running out of Patience”, TX 9/11/95


The government spent millions turning Clydebank dereliction into the state of the art HCI private hospital. But 3 years after its construction where are the patients?



“Blame it on the Weather”, TX 11/1/96


The lowest temperatures on record hit parts of Scotland over the Christmas holidays of 1995/96. The rapid thaw that followed left chaos in its wake. Frontline assessed the damage across the nation in a programme put together in 10 days.



“Preying on the Innocent”, TX 18/1/96, + Newsnight package


Humbie Village in East Lothian was home to 32 people with learning difficulties for 25 years. It was supposed to be a caring Christian community, but Frontline uncovered disturbing evidence of financial swindles, and sexual and physical abuse.



“Iron Brew” **, TX 8/2/96


Mine closures in Scotland devastated communities. Now those communities face a new devastation – massive water pollution from abandoned workings.



“Crime of the Century” **, TX 22/2/96


One in three computers bought in Europe were manufactured in Scotland, but in 1996 so-called “silicon crime” was increasing massively. Stuart went undercover with a hidden camera selling “hot” memory chips to black market dealers.


“Visually impressive... a strong, pacey, absorbing story...  The documentary showed us, close up, the nasty faces of black marketeers on our own doorstep...   This was journalism playing detective and the keys to the strength of Crime of the Century lay in the groundwork and the research behind it - a well earned research credit goes to Stuart Brown.” – The Daily Mail.



“Dunblane”, TX 14/3/96


On 13th March ‘96 the world was shocked by the Dunblane killings. Within 36 hours, in a live discussion programme from nearby Sterling, Frontline Scotland brought together 25 counsellors, community leaders and people who had known the killer.



“Storm Damage”, TX 27/3/96, network TX 4/5/96


Gulf War Syndrome - the government said it didn’t exist.  From medical research carried out in Glasgow, Storm Damage revealed new evidence that some veterans suffered serious nerve damage. A world exclusive that attracted much attention from around the globe.



“Body Blow”, TX 18/04/96, + Newsnight package


Every year thousands of British women have silicon breast implants. They had been banned in the USA, so how safe are they?



“Raging Bully / Spine Chiller” **, TX 25/4/96


Raging Bully: When does tough management become intimidation? When does a demanding boss become a bully? Allegations of bullying at work are increasing. A new survey revealed Scotland had overtaken London as having the worst record in the UK.


Spine Chiller**: Until 1987 doctors were injecting the x-ray marker dye Myodil into patients spines to help with diagnoses. But the procedure can cause arachnoiditas - a crippling and agonising spinal condition. Scottish victims tried to sue Myodil’s manufacturer Glaxo, but with less success than their English counterparts.



“Poached Eggs” **, TX 9/5/96


The illegal trade in protected birds. In some counties police officers are employed full time to tackle the problem. Scotland is home to the largest proportion of protected birds in Europe. Yet North of the Border, just a handful of part time officers are forced to work in their spare time.



“Where Angels Fear to Tread”, TX 23/5/96, + Newsnight package


If a patient in agony begs to die, a doctor who helps them is guilty of murder. Frontline revealed the findings of a major new survey which said the majority of doctors believed they should have the right to kill their patients. Another exclusive which attracted much attention from American networks.




Broadcast Journalist

Radio 5 Live, 1996: “A Degree of Desperation”


Turning full circle – a BBC Radio Scotland network commission about students who use the sex industry to fund their way through university!  Here, four students told their stories and – three years on – Stuart re-visited the student he interviewed for his graduation film in 1993.





Queer Street, Channel 4, 1997: “Highlanders Too” **


What is it like to be gay in the Highlands - in towns where everyone knows everyone, and the nearest gay bar can be 250 miles away?  Isolation, double lives and secret liaisons formed central themes in Stuart’s directorial debut for broadcast television – a 10 minute Super16mm film about the lives of gay men surviving (often thriving) even in the remotest corners of the Scottish Highlands.  Drawn from nearly 20 hours of interviews with gay men of all ages, twelve different voices tell of double lives, religious oppression, feelings of isolation, and the struggle to simply be themselves.


Described by The List magazine (Scotland’s equivalent to Time Out) as “worth staying in and standing up your hot date for!”


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Channel 4 News, Channel 4, 1997: “Oak Spike”


Since August 1996, the Forestry Authority has had the dual role of promoting the timber industry and protecting the forest environment.  Can the Authority really function as both “poacher” and “gamekeeper”, or are commercial interests being placed ahead of conservation in our ancient native woodlands?  Oak Spike looked at the case of Pressmennan Wood in East Lothian, where protesters had resorted to extreme measures.




Production Assistant

Arté, 1997: “Festival d’Edimbourg”


A feature length documentary introducing French and German viewers to the Edinburgh Festival.  Broadcast on the Arté channel in France and Germany and seen on satellite TV in the UK and elsewhere.





Beg To Differ, Channel 4, 1998: Christmas Special


Beg To Differ was a subversive late night series that tried to give a platform in the media to members of Britain’s underclass.  Much of Stuart’s time was spent listening to and gaining the trust of prostitutes, drugs users, ex-cons, homeless people, and the mentally ill.





BBC Online, 1999: /edfest


During the Edinburgh Festival of 1999, it was Mariella Frostrop’s turn to present BBC Scotland’s well known Edinburgh Nights programme. For the BBC’s website coverage of the Festival, Stuart ghost wrote “Mariella’s Daily Guide to the Fest” in which the best, most bizarre, or just good value for money shows were recommend. Stuart produced up to 2500 words of copy a day – every day – for five weeks!




Researcher (development)

A Very British Murder, Channel 4, 2000: Development


Ten murders researched, then narrowed down to one intriguing but awful tale: the 1989 murder of widow Margaret McOnie. Margaret had recently become engaged to a David Kerr.  But David Kerr, it emerged, was also David Rogers...  and Richard Grieves, and Phil Kerr, and a Dr Stephen Barbour. All five were in reality 51 year old Brian Newcombe, an unemployed motor mechanic from Nottinghamshire.  The papers were to dub him “The Casanova Killer”.





Hidden Love, Channel 4, 2000: “Love Sick”


Erotomania (also known as Clermabault’s Syndrome) is a rare delusional psychiatric disorder in which patients believe, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that a person is in love with them.  A programme involving hard to find contributors who required careful and sensitive handling.





BBC Online, 2000: /edfest


Stuart’s second season writing for the BBC’s webpages covering the festivals of Edinburgh.




Assistant Producer

Ex:S, BBC Scotland, 2001: “Casa de Passagem” *


Northern Brazil harbours one of the highest populations of “street children” in Latin America. Originating from a proposal by Stuart, the programme followed the Edinburgh-based theatre director Jeremy Weller as he travelled to Recifé to meet the girls of the “Casa de Passagem” – a charity that helps such disadvantaged children find a way out of the slums.  With the Casa’s permission, Weller enabled some of the children to share and re-enact difficult and often harrowing experiences from their lives. 




Assistant Producer

Artworks Scotland, BBC Scotland, 2002: “Dali and The Doctor” *


In 1952, the City of Glasgow made an art purchase that caused uproar and condemnation. Yet fifty years on, Salvador Dali's masterpiece Christ of St John of the Cross is the City's most popular – and profitable – art possession. We told the two-strand story behind this most courageous of acquisitions: how the painting came into being, and the colourful career of Dr Tom Honeyman, the man who persuaded Glasgow to spend £8,200 on a painting now valued at £30 million. Dali and the Doctor was commissioned from a proposal researched and written by Stuart.





Artery, STV-Grampian, 2003: “Machinima” **

segments of this film were later used in

Game Pad 4, Bravo Channel, 2003


A hectic sword fight is taking place on a roof-top in Edinburgh, Scotland. Behind it, the city's signature “old town and castle” skyline can be seen…


So starts Stuart’s energetic documentary about Machinima – a new movie making movement which has grown, quite unexpectedly, out of the online computer gaming scene.  From Edinburgh to New York, Bondi Beach to Vladivostok, this little known international community may have already helped change what we’ll be seeing on television five years from now. Yet the principal hub for the world’s Machinima making community was a website run, not from California, but a dingy flat in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Machinima has been described as the Super 8mm of 3D animation, but the latest Machinima productions belie that label.  Soon, many of the films in your cinema and the shows on your TV could be made using these techniques.


Artery: Machinima was Stuart’s first time producing and directing for a major broadcast documentary strand.


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                      (PC users)
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Heritage Lottery & Scottish Enterprise, 2004/5: “The 700th”


In the year 1304, King Edward I (otherwise known as Edward Long Shanks - the bad guy in Braveheart) gave permission for a market to be held in Linktown, Kirkcaldy, on the shores of the Firth of Forth.  A staggering seven hundred years later and the Links Market is still going strong – these days transformed into one of the largest and exciting annual street funfairs in Europe.


A seventh centenary – good excuse for a celebration. But who’s going to organise it? And what exactly will they do?


The 700th is the tale of a small town pulling together to organise a big event. It charts the history of the Market itself – from simple local trader stalls to today’s adrenalin pumping thrill-rides – and over a period of several months, follows the highs and lows of the many colourful local characters involved in the organisation and build-up to the 700th anniversary celebrations. 


It’s a race against time to be ready for the big opening.


“Stuart has done a tremendous job… He has really captured the essence of what was Scotland’s family event for 2004… he should be very proud of this piece of work.”

– The Dundee Courier


“It was funny, it was interesting, it had great pace and energy.”

– an audience member


“It’s like a docu-soap on speed, I was pure skakin’ by the end.”

– a local Fifer


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·        For best results Right-Click on the link and use “Save Target As…” to download the file to your hard drive. Then play back the file from your hard drive.

·        The file is in DIVX format and you will need the DIVX Codec to play it back properly. You probably already have this Codec on your machine, but if you find that you don’t, it can be downloaded easily and for free from:        (PC users)               (Mac users)





Favouritism, Channel Four, 2005: “Rhona Cameron’s Lesbian Moments”


In this high-rating “list show” series, comedian Rhona Cameron chose the best and worst moments of lesbianism in film and TV over the last 50 years. Her significant moments include the explicit romp Tipping the Velvet, the cult of Bad Girls, the phenomenon of US lesbian hit show The L Word, and the darker odyssey of cult queer film The Killling of Sister George, with Beryl Reid and Susannah York. Rhona also offered new insight into the Brookside kiss, revealed the “real” first lesbian kiss on British TV, and offered a fresh take on the women who stormed BBC news. She also looked at Madonna's flirtation with all things lesbian, Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out, and Hufty’s hostile reception on The Word.





Artworks Scotland, BBC Scotland, 2006: “Rebuilding Basil Spence”


In the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, Sir Basil Spence was Britain's most famous architect, but these days few would recognise his name. Even by the time of his death in 1976 his reputation had suffered severely – not only a victim of the backlash against architectural modernism, but also attacked by radical young critics and architects who disliked his eclectic style. Artworks Scotland investigated why Spence has been so neglected in recent times, and talked to many prominent architects and critics who say it’s time to re-evaluate his work. Among them Jonathan Glancey, Sir Richard McCormac and David Adjaye.





BBC Scotland, 2006: “The Centenary Trial”


In 1906, the first ever International Sheepdog Trial was held in the Borders region of Scotland. A hundred years on and the event is still going strong. We looked at its history and covered the Centenary Trial itself, attended by Princess Anne.




Image Researcher

Cinema, 2006 for release in 2009: “L’Illusionist” (working title)


Many years in the making and not due for release until 2009, L’Ilusionist is an animated feature film from Django Films, the people who brought you the Oscar nominated Belleville Rendezvous.  Based on an un-produced script by the late, great Jacques Tati and starring an animated version of Tati himself, the film is set in Paris, the Outer Hebrides, London and Edinburgh in the year 1959.


Thousands of visual references of the places and people of that time were needed for the army of artists and animators working on the movie.




Series Researcher

Rescue Remedies, Channel Four, 2006 for TX in 2007


A five-part series for daytime Channel Four examining remedies past, present and future for five common ailments.


“The Common Cold”

Starting with that most common of common ailments, we bust the myths and examined the possible solutions – from aspirin to bathing your feet in mustard.


“Hair Loss”

The 9 types of hair loss and what, if anything, can be done about them – from transplants and laser combs, to fibre sprays and emu oil.



There are 78 types of headache – which one do you have?  Time to knock those headaches on the head. We bust common migraine myths and flag up the danger signs for more serious underlying problems.



From tingly toe syndrome to vitamin deficiencies, caffeine consumption to warm milk toddies. We examine the causes and cures of insomnia and help you improve your sleep hygiene.


“Loss of Libido”

Whether it’s a case of “not tonight Josephine” or “not tonight Joseph”, we look at the causes of and solutions for libido loss past, present, and future - from psychosexual counselling to herbs like the horny goat-weed.




Researcher & Production Manager

Cinema, 2007 for release in 2008: “Le Pere di Adamo”


Le Pere di Adamo is a journey through alternative paradigms: several completely different fields of knowledge and human understanding, apparently unconnected, but which as the story unfolds, touch unexpectedly upon each other, as poetically analogous patterns of behaviour emerge in each. Thought provoking and always deep-thinking, Le Pere di Adamo is nothing less than a philosophical exploration into the true nature of enlightenment, the limitations of science, and the mysteries of life itself. 


Le Pere di Adamo is a feature-length documentary from Italian auteur director Guido Chiesa. It was a European co-production with finance partners in Italy, France and the Netherlands. It was shot in Italy, France and Scotland. Stuart researched the Scottish section of the film, and organised the complex Scottish shoot, which featured ten locations, three orchestras, two choirs, and an unfortunate producer in Rome who went down with glandular fever two weeks before the start of shooting (Stuart was able to cover for her and happily she has since made a full recovery!).


Le Pere di Adamo is in English, French and Italian. Premiered at the Rome Film Festival in October 2007, it is due for cinema release in 2008.




Production Co-ordinator

Superhumans, National Geographic TV, 2008 for TX 2009, Episode 1 of 3


Brothers Craig & Paul Pumphrey know a lot about strength. Craig is a police officer, and Paul’s a construction worker. Both are black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, experts in Pankration hard-body training, and holders of seven world records for outrageous feats of human strength.  But in Superhumans, the Pumphrey’s leave their small hometown in rural Indiana far behind, indeed leaving the Americas for the very first time in their lives, on a global search for the strongest humans around the world – kindred spirits in strength shaped by different cultures, languages, and geographies. 


Their adventures take them across foreign lands and deep into traditions and situations that they could never have imagined growing up in the American Midwest.  Through their travels they come to understand the history and rituals that have shaped the lives of other strongmen (and women), who have honed their bodies and minds, and become “Superhuman”.


Episode 1 of this 3-part series takes them to the Scottish Highlands, to meet heavy event competitors in the Highland Games.  They receive training from two such competitors, and ultimately themselves compete in the games at the Cowal Gathering in Dunoon – the largest Highland Games in the world.








Age 40, British, Non-Smoker, Clean Driving License.