Irshad Ashraf


 


I am a Producer Director with over twenty credits on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and FIVE. I have edit produced the majority of those films.  Recently I edit produced a Ross Kemp film about drug trafficking in the West Bank, directed and edit produced Reggie Yates Dying For a Six Pack, Lord Digby Jones The New Troubleshooter, and directed reconstructions for Bizarre Crime and Fightback Britain. I’ve been a PD on The South Bank Show making docs about Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall) and rock band Elbow, as well as religion documentaries in that department.  I have also worked in house at BBC and ITV and indies Twenty Twenty, Dragonfly, Blast!, RDF and Maverick. Work there includes immersive consumer ethics Kill It Cut It Use It BBC 3, access docs about Manchester City and Shrek The Musical for CBBC, and arts and culture shorts for BBC magazine shows. I have directed Melvyn Bragg, Anita Rani, Julia Bradbury and more. It is my passions for writing and photography that I try to bring to PD roles, aiming to tell gripping stories that look really good.

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW

ITV


In this South Bank Show, I filmed in Bosnia with radical film maker Peter Kosminsky who made a startling discovery retracing the steps of a previous recce.

HOW TO DUMP YOUR MATES

Documentary Series CHANNEL 4


Loyalty is keeping ambitious Adam Thorburn tied to friends who seem content with life on the dole. Adam wants to move on but doesn’t know how. I directed films on this daring Channel 4 format series in which psychologist Geoff Beattie helps teenagers upgrade their social circle. This clip shows Adam telling his friends he is not happy with them. However, there is no guarantee the new friends will accept him.


LIVING IN LOZELLS

BBC2


The Lozells riots were blamed on racial tension between blacks and asians. I directed and BBC reporter Adil Ray presented this DESI DNA film as they went to the Birmingham district in the aftermath.


WINNER: RTS AWARD

“Its a scary thing to hand over your professional life to a fellow film-maker. So many ways for it to go wrong. Irshad was a pleasure to work with from start to finish and I was absolutely delighted with the result. I can think of no higher praise to offer.”  PETER KOSMINSKY



”I rate Irshad’s films very highly. They

get great press, he delivers on time, on

budget with minimum fuss and maximum flair. I

can’t wait to work with him again”

MATTHEW CAIN, FORMER CULTURE EDITOR CHANNEL 4



“Irshad knows how to get the best out of his presenter

because he has a clear vision of the end product. When I

was starting out, he allowed me to be the best I could be

on screen.” ANITA RANI, THE ONE SHOW



“We are very proud of the documentary Irshad

made about us” GUY GARVEY, ELBOW

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW

ITV


Eighteen out of elbow’s twenty years as a rock band were spent in obscurity, getting great press but losing record deal after record deal. I made this South Bank Show as they finally made it big. In this clip, the band talk about the 10 year search for their first deal, which they lost before their album was even released.


“a rare treat to spend time with believers in the power of poetry and melody”

THE SUNDAY TIMES

KARACHI UNCOVERED

BBC2



I travelled to Pakistan with Scottish actor Atta Yaqub to meet Pakistan’s media and fashion elite following de regulation of state run media.

FIGHTBACK BRITAIN

BBC1




I directed crime reconstruction films on BBCs peak time crime show. This clip is the story of a jeweller who risked his life twice to foil a series of armed robberies.


“crime porn for the green-ink classes”

THE GUARDIAN

“an examination of the art not the artist”

THE OBSERVER

THE MUSLIM JESUS

ITV


I directed and Melvyn Bragg narrated this documentary about the life of Jesus as told in the Quran.


“ a worthwhile contribution to a complex issue”  THE GUARDIAN

CUBA  ELBOW TOUR DOCUMENTARY


I travelled to Cuba with elbow as they became the first western band to play outside of Havana. In this clip, elbow gain first hand experience of life in a police state.

KILL IT CUT IT USE IT

BBC3



Dispensing squeamish moment after squeamish moment was the brief for these documentaries showing animals being killed on a industrial scale and processed into plates, car seats and beauty creams.


“a dystopian nightmare”

RADIO TIMES

SAINT RICHARD OF AUSTIN

60 min documentary Channel 4


I went to Austin, Texas with presenter Ben Lewis to find out why Hollywood stars are queueing up to appear in Richard Linklater’s films. The films often have no plot, and characters just amble about discussing romance and philosophy. Arriving as Linklater shot with Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jnr, we ended up as clueless as the stars lining up to be in his movies.

“Really worth watching”                   

TIME OUT

DYING  FOR A SIX PACK

BBC 3



Reggie Yates looks at how body image pressure is driving some men to extremes.


“brilliant documentaries”

RADIO TIMES

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BIZARRE CRIME

BBC3


Real life stories of criminals caught by their own incompetence were served up with lashings of schadenfreude for this off piste crime series. In this clip, reformed burglar Daniel Ryan reveals how his love of french fries landed him in prison.