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ClearStory is an independent TV production company founded by the BAFTA and Grierson Award-winning Executive Producers Molly Milton and Russell Barnes. ClearStory is known for glossy landmark series filmed around the world. The company has produced the Grierson Award-winning documentary Gypsy Blood, the provocative and sceptical Richard Dawkins: Sex, Death & the Meaning of Life and the noisy studio format Sex Box for Channel 4.  Other recent credits include Damien Hirst by Harry Hill, a humorous Passions documentary for Sky, Battlefield Recovery, a four-part archaeology series for Channel 5 and extensive output for the BBC, including two series of DanceWorks (observational films made in collaboration with Sadler’s Wells and winner of the Grand Prix at the 2019 Golden Prague Awards), Utopia: In Search of the Dream presented by Richard Clay, Oceans Apart which charts the clash of European and indigenous art during the colonisation of the Pacific, and  African Renaissance, a critically-acclaimed cultural travelogue, presented by Afua Hirsch, which has been nominated for RTS and Broadcast Awards. ClearStory’s eight-part series Art That Made Us, a major new cultural history of the UK, broadcasts on BBC2 & iPlayer in 2022.



    Russell Barnes has been directing and producing documentaries and factual television for 30 years, working with presenters including Niall Ferguson, Richard Dawkins, Harry Hill and Afua Hirsch. Credits include the Broadcast Award-winning Genius of Charles Darwin, Grierson Award-nominated history films Armistice and 1941 and the Man of Steel and the BAFTA and Emmy award winner The Virtual Revolution for BBC2.

    Head of Production
    Clare Burns has been working in television production for 20 years, working for indies including Science Pictures, Uden Associates, Grain Media, Proudfoot TV and Twenty Twenty. She joined ClearStory in 2017 as Production Manager, and since then has overseen all the in-house content including major overseas productions filmed in Africa, Australia and the Pacific.


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Clearstory Ltd


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