Geoff Posner started directing at the BBC in the early 1980s. His first two programmes were Not The Nine O’Clock News and The Young Ones, both of which brought younger audiences to the world of comedy. He went on to produce and/or direct series with Lenny Henry, French and Saunders, Harry Enfield, Paul Merton, Steve Coogan, Catherine Tate and, of course, Victoria Wood. He produced the TV version of Little Britain and worked on its record-breaking Theatre tour as well as Execcing Matt and David’s Come Fly With Me. At the end of 2007, he re-recreated a modern version of the iconic Saturday Live which in the 1980s launched so many of the names of comedy of today.
But Geoff’s first love is directing big live events. He has directed The Eurovision Song Contest on one of the few occasions the UK has won it over the last few decades, the Brit Awards, and two live concerts from the gardens of Buckingham Palace (the Queen’s official London residence), one to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the other, ten years later, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. He was also one of the directors on Live 8, the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
He has won six BAFTA Awards, three British Comedy Awards and two International Emmys.