Chris Terrill
Chris Terrill was born in Brighton and educated at Brighton College and Durham University. After graduating he became a professional anthropologist living and working amongst the remote Acholi people
of Southern Sudan. Later, working for the UN, he worked as a disaster consultant in the drought and war ravaged areas of Ethiopia and northern Sudan.

After this he started working for BBC World Service as a specialist in African affairs and this, led, in time to a switch to television where he discovered a passion for making documentaries.

Since then he has established himself as one of the foremost documentary makers in the country - specialising in films about people and communities as well as the military and high adventure. His films are shown worldwide and he has received many awards – including an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism and a Royal Television Society award for innovation.

Chris works alone, without a conventional crew, giving his films the very intimate and personal flavour that has become his trademark.
When filming with the Royal Marines Commandos both in training and on the front line in Afghanistan he became not only the only civilian to pass the gruelling commando tests but also, at 55, the oldest person ever to pass them. For this he was awarded an honorary green beret which remains his proudest possession.

The website for his production company is

Entries by Chris Terrill

Bursting the Blister Bubble

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2016 | (13:47)

I hate to burst the bubble but the latest news that scientists have solved the age old problem of foot blisters leaves me decidedly underwhelmed. These boffins, brainy coves the likes of whom have put men on the moon, split atoms and cloned sheep, have discovered that, after 40 years...

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Gunship Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted 20 March 2016 | (14:51)

Gunboat Diplomacy.

The Untold story Behind Obama's Historic Visit to Cuba

President Obama's historic visit to Havana starting on March21st marks the end of a 55 year diplomatic standoff between uber-capitalist USA and uber-communist Cuba. In fact so 'uber' has each country's opposing political ideology been that Cuba's...

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Keeping the Faith With Islam

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (16:43)

Paris, Tunisia, Paris again, Egypt, San Bernardino, Leytonstone - with so many atrocities being committed in its name Islam is struggling for legitimacy. Usurped by misguided ideologues for their own twisted ends one of the world's great monotheistic religions is now seen by many as a touchstone for intolerance, discrimination...

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Five Down One to Go

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (13:07)

We have now aired five of the six films in the series to a hard core loyal audience of around 1.2 million. Our audience figures have remained stable, although we have been up against some fearsome opposition on Monday nights from all channels. Judging from many of the tweets, Facebook...

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Capturing the Heart of the Nation

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2012 | (10:00)

The second episode of Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan has been aired. It caused quite a reaction from the viewing public which was both gratifying and humbling. Gratifying because it seems to have struck a chord but humbling because so many people were genuinely very shocked and saddened by the revelation...

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First One Down

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (07:04)

The first programme has been aired. It always seems so strange when a film one has worked on for so long hits the airwaves - and then, suddenly, is over. A spent force. So much goes into making films, the usual blood, sweat and tears thing, that to see the...

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Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan - The Making Of

(8) Comments | Posted 30 January 2012 | (13:25)

I've lost track of how many times I have counted down the days, and then the hours, to the transmission of one of my documentaries to the living rooms of Great Britain - hoping that my fellow country men and women will see fit to watch. Of course, at the...

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