Martin Conaghan is an award-winning journalist, producer and writer with a career spanning over 20 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. In 2018, he won the Best Current Affairs award at the Royal television Society Scotland Awards for Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game.
In 2019, he produced and directed Off the Ball: Petty and Ill-Informed, a television documentary celebrating 25 years of Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan hosting the popular radio programme ‘Off the Ball’. He also produced the 30-part archive series Rewind: 1990s for BBC Scotland’s new digital television channel and also Rewind: 2000s in 2020, and Rewind: 1980s in 2021. Later in 2020, he produced and directed The Edinburgh Show with Grant Stott. In 2021, he produced and directed Away With The Tartan Army, celebrating 20 great Scotland moments as seen through the eyes of the fans.
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 – including the sci-fi drama White Eyes with Mr and Mrs Poet.
Away With The Tartan Army – Scotland’s Best Moments (BBC, 2021)
1 x 60min entertainment programme counting down ten great Scotland moments as witnessed by the faithful fans.
The Edinburgh Show with Grant Stott (BBC, 2020)
2 x 30min arts entertainment programme about the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival, which was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Off the Ball: Petty and Ill-Informed (BBC, 2019)
1 x 60min entertainment documentary celebrating 25 years of BBC Radio Scotland’s popular show ‘Off the Ball’ featuring Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan.
Boycotts and Broken Dreams: The Story of the 1986 Commonwealth Games (BBC, 2014)
1 x 60min factual documentary about the political and financial calamity that engulfed the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
Rewind the 1980s (BBC Scotland, 2021)
10 x 30mins archive television series about the 1980s, incorporating news, entertainment, comedy, drama and music.
Rewind the 2000s (BBC Scotland, 2020)
10 x 30mins archive television series about the 2000s, incorporating news, entertainment, comedy, drama and music.
Rewind the 1990s (BBC Scotland, 2019)
10 x 30mins archive television series about the 1990s, incorporating news, entertainment, comedy, drama and music.
Scotland’s Heroes: The Road to France (BBC, 2019)
1 x 60min sport documentary about the Scotland Women’s International football team and their bid to reach the World Cup Finals in France. (Dir: Marion MacNeil)
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)
1 x 60min investigative documentary about historical child sexual abuse in Scottish football.
Awards: RTS Scotland Award for Best Current Affairs.
Spores (Little Viking/The Copydesk, 2015)
1 x 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.
2014: Scotland’s Historic Year (BBC 2014)
1 x 60min current affairs documentary charting the events in Scotland during 2014.
GORTA (The Copydesk/Hellbent Films, 2013)
15min experimental independent drama short film.
Jocky Wilson Said (BBC, 2019)
1 x 60min factual documentary about the legendary darts champion from Kirkcaldy, Jocky Wilson. Developed by Martin Conaghan and Dawn Elrick for BBC Scotland Multiplatform Productions.
Awards: Celtic Media Award, Best Sport Documentary.
Rangers: The Men Who Sold The Jerseys (BBC, 2012)
1 x 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)
1 x 60min investigative television documentary about historical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Scotland.
Awards: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Current Affairs.
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.
Shadow (BBC, 2011)
1min drama short film produced for BBC Scotland.
GORTA (The Copydesk/Hellbent Films, 2013)
15min independent drama short film.
Burke & Hare Graphic Novel with illustrator Will Pickering. Won Best Writer and Best Graphic Novel at the 2011 Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards.