Sam Collyns


In a career that includes twenty years at the BBC and a further ten as an independent producer, Sam’s documentaries have won EMMY, BAFTA, RFK, DUPONT, GRIERSON, Royal Television Society, and AMNESTY awards and been shown across the world by broadcasters including PBS Frontline, Al Jazeera, and ARTE.

In 2019 Sam directed ‘The Day Mountbatten Died’, for BBC Two - described as “excellent, a superb documentary” by The Times, and as a “masterpiece” by The Guardian.

The year before, he directed ‘The UN Sex Abuse Scandal’ for PBS Frontline. The film won the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Journalism award for Television – International. It was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Investigation.

Sam was Executive Producer on ‘Escape From Isis’ - for Channel 4 and PBS Frontline - which won the 2016 International Emmy for Current Affairs.
The film also won the Royal Television Society award for International Current Affairs.

Sam is a history graduate from Cambridge University who worked at the BBC for two decades – latterly as deputy editor on the flagship current affairs strand, Panorama.
After leaving the BBC, he ran Mentorn TV’s current affairs department for five years.

Sam has regularly returned to directing – notably in the Grierson award-winning series ‘Secret Iraq’, described by The Sunday Times as “Excellent...proper documentary television”. Further credits as Executive Producer include the Bafta winning investigation: ‘The Shame of the Catholic Church’; the IFTA winning ‘The Disappeared,’ and the multi award winning Netflix series, ‘The Traffickers’.

Languages Spoken:


Location Expertises:

Iraq, Ireland.

Areas of Expertise:

Terrorism; War and Conflict; The World

UN Sex Abuse Scandal
An investigation into sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world's conflict zones.
July 24, 2018