Claire Whalley

Managing and Creative Director

Claire, having started out as a journalist and photographer, living and working in Japan, has worked for the last 20 years in television broadcast as a director, producer and executive producer. Before starting What Larks Productions, her credits include The Choir: Boys Don't Sing, Series Producer and Director (BBC2, BAFTA, RTS, Broadcast award for best documentary); Sissinghurst, Series Producer and Director (8 x 30 min obs doc for BBC4), Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers , Series Producer and Director(Channel 4, 4 x 1 hr reverse anthropology obs doc) when 5 Amish teenagers came to Britain & we viewed British teenagers and their values through Amish eyes – pick of the day in all the papers and 3.3million audience; In Search of Wabi Sabi, Executive Producer ( 2 x 90 min feature docs for BBC4 Japan Season); Play it Again, Series Producer and Director (6 x 1 hr music series following celebrities learning a musical instrument for the first time, uncovering their autobiography through their interest in music for BBC1); Vera Brittain: A Woman in Love and War, Director, Producer (Remembrance Sunday historical docu drama for BBC1); Nigella Bites, Series Producer (Channel 4); River Cottage, Producer, Director (Channel 4); Timewatch: How Mad was King George? Producer, Director (Historical docu drama for BBC2); Jamie's Britain with Jamie Oliver, Director and Sophie Dahl on Mrs Beeton, Executive Producer.


Claire Whalley