About Martin Conaghan

Martin Conaghan is an award-winning journalist, producer and writer with a career spanning over 18 years at the BBC and on major freelance projects. In 2012, he worked on the Bafta-award winning investigation into the financial collapse at Rangers FC, Rangers: The Men Who Sold The Jerseys. In 2013, the same team produced Sins of Our Fathers, a comprehensive documentary about historical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church that swept all of the major industry awards that year, including the Bafta Scotland Award for Best Current Affairs. In 2014, Martin produced and directed Boycotts and Broken Dreams, a one-hour BBC documentary about the financial and political calamity that engulfed the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, and in 2015, he produced the multi-award winning series Scotland’s Game, about the social history of Scottish football. He has also written, produced and directed short drama films, the most recent being Spores for the Scottish Film Talent Network/Creative Scotland, written and directed by Frances and Richard Poet. He is currently developing various documentaries, short films and feature film projects.

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Full credits:

Television/Film

Producer/Director

Boycotts and Broken Dreams: The Story of the 1986 Commonwealth Games (BBC, 2014)
60min factual documentary about the political and financial calamity that engulfed the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Producer

Scotland’s Game (BBC Scotland, 2016)
4 x 60min factual television series about the social history of Scottish football from 1986-2016.
Awards: Won the Celtic Media Award for Best Factual Series and the RTS Scotland Award for Best Sport Programme.

Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game (BBC Scotland 2017)
60min investigative documentary about historical child sexual abuse in Scottish football.

Spores (Little Viking/The Copydesk, 2015)
15min drama short film starring Maureen Beattie, Lorraine McIntosh, John Kazek and Lewis Howden, funded by the BFI and Creative Scotland as part of the Scottish Film Talent Network’s Emerging Talent programme.

GORTA (The Copydesk/Hellbent Films, 2013)
15min experimental independent drama short film.

Assistant Producer

Rangers: The Men Who Sold The Jerseys (BBC, 2012)
60min investigative television documentary about the financial collapse of Rangers Football Club in 2012.
Awards: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Current Affairs, AFP Award for Best Current Affairs, RTS Award for Best Journalism.

Sins of Our Fathers (BBC, 2013)
60min investigative television documentary about historical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Scotland.
Awards: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Current Affairs.

2014: Scotland’s Historic Year (BBC 2014)
60min current affairs documentary charting the events in Scotland during 2014.

Special Olympics: Scottish Stories (BBC, 2007)
2 x 30min television ob-doc series about a group of Scottish athletes competing at the 2007 Special Olympics in Shanghai.

Writer

Shadow (BBC, 2011)
1min drama short film produced for BBC Scotland.

GORTA (The Copydesk/Hellbent Films, 2013)
15min independent drama short film.

Other writing:
Burke & Hare Graphic Novel with illustrator Will Pickering. Won Best Writer and Best Graphic Novel at the 2011 Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards.