Lecturer TV Drama

Beryl directs film, TV drama and comedy. In TV, as lead director, she’s helped create many popular UK teens and kids series, for which she has been awarded 5 BAFTA’s, and 4 International EMMY nominations, most recently in 2020 for drama for Joe All Alone which also won a kids drama BAFTA in 2018.  In 2019 she directed Free Rein YA series for Netflix. Beryl’s current feature documentary, Hello Stranger, a story of about adoption and family, is largely created from 25 years of her own home movies.  Beryl’s short cinema films have been shown in 60 international festivals. Her feature script Runaway won the VFF screenwriting prize at the Berlinale.  Her play Diamond, commissioned by BBC Arts, ran at the 2018 Edinburgh fringe. Beryl has exec produced nearly 200 kids short films for the European Broadcasting Union working with writers and directors in 38 countries, many films appear in international film festivals; two have won a BAFTA for the BBC and S4C. 

Beryl chaired the board of Directors UK from 2015-17. She helped found and also chaired the DUK’s Gender Equality Group, which has led campaigning for better representation of women directors in the UK and worldwide. She won the 2016 Women in Film/ITV Achievement of the Year award for this work.  She has been an elected member of BAFTA's TV committee since 2017, taking a particular interest in diversity. She is a BAFTA mentor and also mentors film/screenwriting students with autism and ADHD. In 2019 she joined the Screen Cornwall advisory committee.  

Beryl joined Falmouth teaching TV Drama part time in 2019, becoming full time in Sept 2020.  

Beryl Richards Staff Profile

Contact details

Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2000 Masters degree Screenwriting University of the Arts, London College of Communication
1990 Masters degree Independent Film and Video University of the Arts, Central St Martins
1980 BA (Hons) Media Studies Westminster University

Honors and awards

Year Description
2018

BAFTA - Best Children's Drama Joe all Alone

2017

BAFTA - Best Interactive Secret Life of Boys

2006

BAFTA (Scotland) - Best children's programme Uncle Dad

2005

BAFTA - Best Children's Drama. My Life as a Popat

1996

BAFTA - Best Children's Drama The Ward

Membership of external committees

Elected member BAFTA TV Committee 2017 - present

Research Outputs

Events

2014

Speaker on women directors campaign Cannes Film festival; Berlinale; Nordic Film Festival, Council of Europe

Teaching

Areas of teaching

  • Film/TV drama production; directing; screenwriting; acting

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Television

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

Member Screen Cornwall advisory committee 2019 - present

Business Engagement

Business start ups

Derryboye Films Ltd
Strangford Pictures Ltd

Film production companies

Consultancy and facility services

Work as a consultant/executive producer for the European Broadcasting Union, Geneva

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

2020 Hello Stranger - BFI funded feature documentary - writer/producer/director
2019 Free Rein - Netflix YA drama series - director
2018 Joe all Alone - BBC drama mini series - lead director
2015/17 Secret Life of Boys - BBC/ABC comedy - developer/producer/director
2015 Firework - BFI funded short film and feature script
and 20+ years of directing TV drama and comedy including My Parents are Aliens; Wild at Heart; Wizards v Aliens; Spitting Image; Linda Green; Girls in Love; My Life as a Popat
2005 - present- Executive Producer, Children's drama series for European Broadcasting Union

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Elected member BAFTA TV committee, and kids committee
Member nominations committee Directors UK
Former chair Directors UK
Former chair Gender Equality Group, Directors UK