Tim Samuels

Documentary-maker, Broadcaster & Author


Tim Samuels is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, broadcaster, author - and one of the most distinctive and acclaimed journalists in the business. He has won three Royal Television Society awards and best documentary at the World Television Festival.

Tim’s presenter-led documentaries are broadcast across BBC One and BBC Two - and he is a global correspondent on the National Geographic Channel's Explorer show. On radio, he is a  regular presenter on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service; he created and hosted Men’s Hour on BBC 5 Live - and hit podcast All Hail Kale. His first book - Who Stole My Spear? - has been serialised in The Sunday Times and hailed as a Vanity Fair must-read.

Tim's first taste of journalism came at the tender age of thirteen when he interviewed pop star (and then hero) Morrissey. He started - properly - in the media as a BBC news trainee, becoming an investigative correspondent for Newsnight – and winning Young Journalist of the Year – before moving to documentaries.

His films provocatively and entertainingly bring serious issues to light. To highlight the plight of the elderly, he formed the world’s oldest rock band – The Zimmers. The Zimmers broke into the pop charts, went to number one on YouTube globally, were shown at the UN and upstaged George Clooney on the Jay Leno show.

Tim has also led a guerrilla clean-up of our dirty hospitals, invaded Trafalgar Square with abandoned soldiers, exposed the unexpected global impact of the porn industry and shown the amazing results than art therapy can have with army veterans suffering from PTSD.

Tim has also been honoured for his TV and radio work by the New York Festivals, been Race in the Media journalist of the year, and given the prestigious ‘making a difference’ award at the Mind Media Awards for his work on mental health.

As a creative director, Tim produces short-form content - working with broadcasters and brands. He also delivers keynote speeches and has voiced commercials.