John Stroud Biography

It is with great sadness that we report that John died last year after a long struggle against cancer of the brain. He was one of the most respected and loved comedy directors in the country and his contribution to the genre was immense. Here is just a short resume of his achievements 

John began his career at Thames Television as a trainee director, and on completion of his course stayed with them to work on a wide variety of programmes, including drama, live transmissions, comedy and documentaries.

On leaving Thames, his freelance career began with the first three series of the Channel 4 comedy Who Dares Wins, the second series of Spitting Image for Central, and four series of the award-winning That’s Love (an adult comedy for TVS). Four of his series have been nominated for British Academy Awards, and two nominated for British Comedy Awards.

Since then his work has ranged across many genres; from the action-adventure of Bugs to sketch shows such as the first Harry Enfield & Chums, from sharp-edged sitcom like Game On to the comedy-drama of Boon and Minder (he directed the last ever episode to be made).

More recently John has co-produced and directed 51 episodes of the hit BBC ONE family comedy My Hero for Big Bear Films, starring Ardal O’Hanlon, Emily Joyce, and latterly James Dreyfus. He also directed the original series of Kiss Me Kate and Chambers for BBC ONE, Believe Nothing with Rik Mayall for ITV, and the acclaimed single-camera comedy drama Breeze Block (with Tim Healy) for BBC CHOICE.

In factual entertainment, John discovered The Hairy Bikers, brought them to Big Bear and co-produced and/or directed 21 episodes of The Hairy Bikers Cookbook and The Hairy Bikers Ride Again (a co-production with VIXPIX Films) and a special for BBC TWO.

Before he died he co-produced with partner Marcus Mortimer Big Bear’s new family comedy for BBC ONE called BIG TOP starring Amanda Holden, John Thomson and Tony Robinson, and transmitting later in 2009.

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