Tanya Stephan

Tanya Stephan is a director of prime time observational documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. Her films have been nominated for numerous awards including Grierson, Royal Television Society and RTS Education Awards.

We have been making a range of sensitive films with Tanya over the past 12 months that cannot be published. Contact us if you would like a viewing copy of any work.

C4 Muslim School
BBC 2 Inside The Post Office
BBC2 – Pentecostal Way
Virgin Trains

She is currently developing a feature documentary for Channel 4 and international broadcast with True Vision.

Her recent film for BBC2  Life and Death the Pentecostal Way was made for the Black and British Season and was voted Best TV Programme runner up at the Sandford St Martin Trust Religion & Ethics Broadcasting Awards. Judges described the film as “Beautifully crafted and intimately shot…it was a film that stayed with you long after the TV was switched off”.

She also recently directed a documentary for BBC Music about the English National Opera’s radical staging of the pacifist War Requiem, collaborating with the internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Tillmans.

She has series directed two major documentary series: the hugely popular first series of Liberty of London (Channel 4, 9PM) and Signed Sealed Delivered: Inside the Post Office (BBC2 9PM) about one of our oldest national institutions battling to reinvent itself.

She also directs authored singles for prime time, some of which she’s secured commissions for based on exceptional access (Donor Mum BBC One, Muslim School C4).

She’s worked with some of the leading TV production companies in the UK – BBC Studios, Blast!, Mentorn, Landmark Films to name a few.

The critics on previous films:

An exceptional and profoundly moving documentary… momentous and fascinating both medically and ethically. It will knock you sideways ***** Time Out  (“Donor Mum” BBC One)

Immensely valuable – The Observer  (“Muslim School”, C4)

It’s reassuring to have someone like Stephan behind the camera  (Women in Film)

Rarely has television depicted mental illness so unflinchingly – The Times (“Inside My Head”, C4)