Jenny Barraclough

TELEVISION Jenny Barraclough has excelled primarily in the field of documentary television, winning many international awards. She has also been chairman of the Grierson Trust responsible for the Grierson Best British Documentary Awards.

LEPRA She was Chairman until 2011 of the highly regarded International Leprosy Charity 'LEPRA', in its global fight against leprosy, TB and AIDS . Recognition of her work for leprosy led to her being made Chairman of LEPRA, visiting countries, and in particular India, where LEPRA's 5000 employees help patients with leprosy, TB and AIDS and lymphatic filariasis.

RAZUMOVSKY She has also played a major part, as Trustee, in establishing the very successful Razumovsky Ensemble and the Razumovsky Academy which successfully develops outstanding musical talent.

She was awarded the OBE in 2009


Educated St Brandon's School, Somerset
Millfield School, Somerset
Oxford University ( Hilda's College) BA Hons in English

Professional career

  • 1963

    TV Reporter in ITV News

  • 1964-66

    Researcher, then Director/Producer World in Action ((Granada Television)

  • 1966-66

    Presenter on late night discussion programmes, Director/Producer on This Week (Rediffusion)

  • 1968-1988

    Director/Producer Man Alive series, then many one-off documentaries. Several international awards.

  • 1970s

    Member BFI Production Board

  • 1986-88

    Head of BBC1 Documentaries

  • 1988

    Founder and Head of Programmes for multi award-winning independent, Barraclough Carey Productions, with George Carey.

  • 1997

    Merged with Mentorn to become Mentorn Barraclough Carey

  • 1999

    Mentorn Barraclough Carey became part of TV Corporation Group

  • 2000

    Director Barraclough Productions, making major global health programmes for BBC World.

  • 2001

    Member of Executive Board of LEPRA (International Leprosy Charity)

  • 2004

    Trustee Razumovsky Trust (inc. Razumovsky Ensemble and Academy)

  • 1996-current

    Trustee Grierson Trust (Grierson Best Documentary Awards)

  • 2006-2008

    Chairman Grierson Trust

  • 2007-2011

    Chairman LEPRA


Jenny Barraclough has been a significant presence in television for over 40 years. She was one of the first women television producers and made many award winning, landmark programmes.

She has frequently ventured into new territories and many of her films have had a demonstrable effect. Her award winning film 'Gale is Dead' in 1971 drew attention for the first time to the young homeless and young drug addicts and caused a Commons Committee to be set up. Her film 'Women in Prison' in 1972 (which won a BAFTA) was the first film to be shot in a women's prison in the UK. In the 80s for BBC1 she made two films on the Queen and two on No 10 Downing Street. Her films on the arts included one on the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and a major series on The London Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

A contribution to the understanding of medical issues.

Her award-winning films on AIDS helped promote understanding of the disease in its early days. Then came the illuminating series on Transplant Surgery and the History of Cancer. Lately her films for BBC World have alerted a huge global audience to little known situations: in 2001 a world view of leprosy (drawing attention to the millions who still suffer from this largely forgotten disease), in 2004 a global look at vaccination (it is little appreciated that coverage in poor countries had gone down since the late eighties), in 2007 a look at international efforts to prevent the spread of human avian flu, Also, in 2005, a widely distributed film on MMR for the UK Ministry of Health. Her films have sold extensively around the world. She was made a member of two BBC think tanks.

Aiming to increase understanding of critical issues.

Jenny Barraclough has chosen to make films whose impact on their audience is to increase understanding of an important issue. For example her films on civil rights in the 70s and 80s, in the US, Africa and Palestine, on Ghandi and Martin Luther King were shown all over the world often by civil rights and other activist groups, demonstrating, how non violence could achieve reform. Her film 'Go Tell it to the Judge' about the people of Ocean Island in 1976, aroused huge public interest and influenced the outcome of their struggle for their rights. She has made many films in the developing world, highlighting the problems of refugee children, child soldiers, orphans, and development issues, which have often raised money and practical support.

Director of one of the first successful independent television companies,
Barraclough Carey Productions (founded 1988).

She showed how an independent company could be commercially viable while maintaining the highest standards of production. Barraclough Carey won many international awards for their documentaries, both singles and multi-part, like the four part series on the History of AIDS won an EMMY and the Royal Television Society Best Documentary. As Head of Programmes she madea point of encouraging young talent, and training new people, lecturing to young audiences and leading work shops.

"Mentorn Barraclough Carey is now making so many serious current affairs series that it is beginning to acquire the stature - in terms of reputation - anyway - of a much larger organisation, even the BBC... this company specialises in proper journalism..."( Financial Times)


  • Gale Is Dead

    1971 - BAFTA, International Critics Award and Catholic Church's Jury Award

  • Women in Prison

    1972 - BAFTA

  • Its Ours Whatever They Say

    1972 - London Film Festival, and Venice Biennale

  • The Bomb Disposal Men

    1974 - BAFTA nomination

  • A Day in Hyde Park

    1975 - Venice Biennale Gold

  • Mr Ghandi and Mr Attenborough

    1982 - US Television Academy Awards

  • Not in a Thousand Years

    1983 - International. Black Programming Consortium in US

  • Frontiers (series)

    1989 - ACE (National Academy of Cable Programmes)award in US.

  • The Plague (series on AIDS)

    1993 - Royal Television Society and EMMY nomination.

  • Lost Civilisations (The Aegean)

    1995 - EMMY and GOLDEN EAGLE awards in US

  • Lost Civilisations (C5th BC Athens)

    1995 - EMMY and GOLDEN EAGLE awards

  • Fragile Lives - Immunization at Risk

    2005 - Denver International World Cinema Award



Jenny Barraclough was drawn to LEPRA while filming for the influential programme 'The New Face of Leprosy' in 2001 which was shown to 27 million people on BBC World and by many individual national networks and also by educational groups throughout the affected countries. She saw the wonderful work LEPRA does in the field and later became member of the Executive Board of LEPRA, helping to make decisions on the treatment of leprosy, TB and AIDS among thousands of people, primarily in India.

She became chairman in 2007 and worked closely with the CEO in managing a charity with a £7 million annual income and employing over 4,500 world wide. LEPRA teams save thousands of lives through malaria and TB prevention and leprosy treatment. They also help people whose lives are blighted by stigma - whether due to disfigurement from leprosy or for being HIV positive.


She was until 2009 a Trustee and later Chairman of the Grierson Trust which plays a leading role in supporting the quality documentary in the UK at a time when it is threatened by ratings and other commercial imperatives. As Trustee she helped expand the event from a single award to an event with nine categories, and as Chairman she has initiated many new ideas including the specially commissioned films by young 'Newcomers'. She expanded the Trust's activities into many new areas, like staging the popular National Film Theatre events that highlight ethical and other issues in documentary-making, mounting Master Classes with DocHouse where leading documentary makers share their skills with their audiences, and supporting festivals that honour the documentary.

The Razumovsky Trust

The Razumovsky Ensemble founded by the award winning Russian cellist, Oleg Kogan, is a chamber ensemble that features top international players. The ensemble has become a remarkable success with a strong following, playing regularly at the Wigmore Hall and at Festivals abroad. It has now formed the Razumovsky Academy in which the members of the ensemble train outstanding students from all over the world to become world class musicians. The young academy players now give their own concerts in the Wigmore Hall and they also go out into schools to inspire pupils to study classical music. Many of them have won major international prizes.



  • 1971

    'Gale Is Dead'

  • 1972

    'Women in Prison'
    Numerous programmes for 'Man Alive, not all listed'

  • 1972

    'Its Ours Whatever They Say'

  • 1973

    'Alright we'll do it ourselves'

  • 1974

    'The Bomb Disposal Men'

  • 1974

    'Big Smile Please'

  • 1975

    'A Day in Hyde Park'

  • 1975

    'Terrorism' - Parts 1 and 2

  • 1976

    The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

  • 1976

    'Indian Summer' (Ooty)

  • 1977

    'Bombay Superstar' (The Indian film industry)

  • 1977

    'Black American Dream' (the legacy of Martin Luther King)

  • 1978

    'The Diplomatic Style of Andrew Young'

  • 1979

    'Go Tell It To The Judge' (the legal battle of the Banabans of Ocean Island)

  • 1980

    'Portrait of a 'Terrorist'' (Robert Mugabe)

  • 1980

    'Ireland: A Television History' (13 part series)
    Producer - 3 episodes:
    - A Nation Once Again... (1980)
    - Famine (1980)
    - No Surrender (1980)

  • 1981

    Repeat of 'Gale is Dead' as one of best BBC docs ever
    ("Tonight belongs to Jenny Barraclough, a producer whose programmes have been delighting and moving me by turns since I started writing about television", Chris Dunkley Financial Times)

  • 1982

    'Not in a Thousand Years' (Robert Mugabe)

  • 1982

    'Mr Ghandi and Mr Attenborough'

  • 1983

    'Elisabeth - the first 30 years'

  • 1983

    '..and the Queen passed by'

  • 1981

    'The Royal Wedding' - "Not only Charles and Diana but also..."

  • 1984

    'John Paul's People' (the British Catholics)

  • 1985

    'No 10 Downing Street'

  • 1985

    'Living Above the Shop' (Mrs Thatcher in No 10)

  • 1985

    "Life of An Orchestra (the LSO)

  • 1986

    'Dancing in the Rain' (Ballroom dancing)

  • 1986

    'Hang On I'll Just Speak to the World' (Anniversary of World Service)

  • 1986

    'Happy Birthday Dear Ma'am as in Jam' (Queen's birthday)

  • 1987

    'Life at Stake' (air crash survival)

  • 1988

    'Fourteen Days in May' (executive producer)


  • 1990

    'As It Happens' (Executive Producer)

  • 1990

    'Frontiers' - South Africa and Mosambique with Nadine Gordimer

  • 1991

    'Redemption Song' (History of the Caribean) Producer of 7 part series on the various historical cultural legacies of the Caribbean (BBC and Turner) "An odyssey through the Caribbean directed by that immensely gifted film maker Jenny Barraclough, full of poignant images" (The Independent)

  • 1993

    'The Plague' (History of AIDS), 4 part series; produced 'Hunting the Virus' and
    'The End of the Beginning' (C4 and Discovery)

  • 1994

    'Lost Children of Angola' (C4) "I found myself transfixed - it was a hard programme to watch but I'm glad I did so" (Daily Mail)

  • 1995

    'Knife to the Heart' (History of Transplant Surgery) - 4 parts (BBC and WNET)

  • 1997

    Two films in the 'Lost Civilizations' series - Aegean and Greece (Time Life/NBC)

  • 1998

    'Cancer Wars' (The History of Cancer) 4 part series (C4 and WNET) "a scrapnel-sharp new series... absorbing"(Time Out) "this excellent series" (Sunday Times)

  • 1999

    'Whatever happened to the Plague?' (C4) - 90 min special

  • 1999

    'Death Leap' (Executive Producer)

  • 1999

    'The Real Pinochet' (C4)

  • 2000

    'Do Bras Cause Cancer?' (C4)

  • 2000

    'Elephant Hospital' - illegal logging (National Geographic)

  • 2000

    'Secrets of the Dead' (C4 and WNET)

  • 2001

    'The Private Life of Guiseppi Verdi' BBC4, AVRO, ARTE, and ZDF (Producer)


  • 2001

    'The New Face of Leprosy' (BBC WORLD and numerous local broadcasters)

  • 2004

    'Fragile Lives - Immunization at Risk' (BBC WORLD and numerous local broadcasters)

  • 2005

    'MMR - what every mother should know' (for the Ministry of Health)

  • 2007

    'Calm Before the Storm' (avian flu - BBCWORLD and numerous local broadcasters)