Ex-BBC Producer joins First 100 Years

Naomi Jones has joined the First 100 Years to produce the 100 videos at the heart of this ground-breaking research project.

Naomi, who worked in Documentaries and Current Affairs at BBC Television in London, brings a wealth of high quality, prime time programme making expertise to First 100 Years, after 10 years making History documentaries, Current Affairs programmes and two factual dramas for BBC One, Two and Four.

She has also produced programmes for Dispatches and Documentaries on Channel 4.

Naomi is known for her instinctive understanding of what makes a great story and her real and relaxed interview style, which always gets the best results on film.

History has always been at the heart of Naomi’s work. She read History at university and went on to teach History before switching to television in the late 1990s. Now behind the camera, Naomi brings her fascination with people and different perspectives on issues and moments in time to her Documentary work.

Her TV credits include;

  • The Queen’s Coronation: Behind Closed Doors. Channel 4. The Coronation in 1953 appeared to be a glittering triumph for the House of Windsor. But behind the scenes there was a story of rivalry at the highest level. Prince Philip was at odds with the Queen Mother and the royal establishment over his desire to modernise the monarchy, and the old Queen was uncomfortable with her daughter’s sudden rise to power.
  • Derailed, BBC One. A 90-minute drama documentary based on the Ladbroke Grove crash in 1999. The programme told the story of how bereaved relatives tried to establish the true cause of the accident, with reconstructed scenes from the Public Inquiry chaired by Lord Cullen.
  • Lie Lab. Channel 4. A thrilling TV experiment into the science of lie detection, using the latest brain-scanning technology to test individuals who have been accused of a serious offence, but who claim they are innocent.
  • Dispatches: Barrack Room Bullies. Channel 4. A Documentary investigating bullying in the British Army, which revealed that the problem remained entrenched, despite attempts to stamp it out. The programme interviewed three former young soldiers, who had recently left the army, alleging that they were severely bullied by their trainers. The programme uncovered fresh evidence compiled by Surrey police showing that four controversial deaths at Deepcut barracks between 1995 and 2002 were part of a disturbing catalogue of 150 incidents of rape, multiple rape, assault and sexual and psychological bullying.
  • Bobby Moore. BBC2. On 30 July 1966 Bobby Moore led England to World Cup victory in one of Britain’s greatest sporting moment. This feature length drama documentary tells the story of the greatest defender in the world.

At First 100 Years Naomi will work with the project team, overseeing the development and production of the 100 videos and the individual storylines within each video. She will also lead the interviews we film between now and 2019.

Announcing her role on the project Naomi said:

“Making documentaries about History, and telling incredible stories which until now have gone untold, is always so exciting. To explore people’s lives and to uncover the personal moments and insights is fascinating. Bringing those stories to life on screen and sharing those stories with the audience is then a joy. But there is something about the First 100 Years that is extra special. The moment I saw the photograph of Cornelia Sorabji I fell in love with this project; the people, the stories, the wonder and the issues at the centre of women’s first 100 years working in the law … it is an amazingly rich and powerful project, and I am honoured to be working with Dana and the team, capturing this history on film.”

Dana Denis-Smith said:

“The First 100 Years is really starting to capture peoples’ imagination and attention. We already have a number of senior figures from across the legal sector now ‘booked in’ to tell and share their story on camera for the project. So it is great news that Naomi is joining us at this exciting time to lead the video production. Video is at the heart of the First 100 Years project. These videos will be a major part of our learning today and our legacy tomorrow, as we celebrate the past to shape the future for women in law. So it is perfect that we have a woman, with such a distinguished background in making History documentaries at the BBC and Channel 4, as Naomi. I can’t wait for the day – which will come very soon – when we say “Action!”

Do you have a story to tell about the journey of women in law since 1919? Contact the First 100 Years team.